Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3 by John Berra

By John Berra

Back for a moment encore following the good fortune of the 1st installments, this quantity takes as its topic no longer the genres or activities that represent the cinema of the Land of the emerging sunlight however the filmmakers themselves. Focusing solely on administrators, the participants the following provide over 40 essays on key jap auteurs, starting from the Golden Age to the hot Wave to the current day, together with of trend-setting and taboo-breaking style experts who've completed an important cult following.

although the highlight is at the filmmakers, this new quantity keeps to think about quite a lot of genres linked to eastern cinema, together with animation, modern self sustaining cinema, J-Horror, the recent Wave, interval drama, technological know-how fiction, and yakuza.

Like its predecessors, listing of global Cinema: Japan 3 endeavors to maneuver scholarly feedback of jap movie out of the academy and into the palms of cinephiles internationally. This quantity may be warmly welcomed through people with an curiosity in eastern cinema that extends past its validated names to both impressive filmmakers who've but to obtain such rigorous cognizance.  

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He wasn’t satisfied with that and moved into news, he made films about science and won many awards. I had no experience with film, but Yoshino recognized something in my character. One day, there was nothing to do and he suggested watching a film, and we went to see The Naked City [Jules Dassin, 1948], the first Hollywood film made on the streets, not on a set. After that, we talked about how we could make a new kind of film. He said if we could use the Arriflex camera we could shoot the real things that happen.

The theme of romantic love (often downplayed in many early works) also seems rather anodyne rather than something energized and disruptive, capable of challenging or revolutionizing social situations. Whilst Aoyama is thus certainly one of the most interesting Japanese directors of the past twenty years, I still think there are questions over the political and philosophical aims of his works. Quite how his ideas about individuals and communities could possibly address issues such as the destructive nature of capitalism and its failures to supplement the Japanese biopolitical state is also even more urgent given the government’s dismal response to 3/11 – a quite different form of ‘abandonment’ for many citizens.

It was a kind of emotional release. (Desjardins 2005: 24) Fukasaku also followed Kurahara in terms of frenetic visual style. Ten years before Fukasaku would reinvent the yakuza genre, Kurahara was already employing location shooting, rough-and-tumble tracking shots and expressionistic lighting. A perfect 38 Japan 3 Directory of World Cinema example of Fukasaku’s debt to Kurahara can be seen in Hito-kiri yota: Kyoken san kyodai/ Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers (1972), which finds Bunta Sugawara channelling Tamio Kawachi’s cocky character in Kurahara’s Kyônetsu no kisetsu/The Warped Ones (1960).

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