ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 003 Japanese Cinema
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Graduate Standing
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course offers an introduction to the historical and theoretical study of Japanese cinema. Course screenings include some of the films made by well-known auteurs like Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujirô, and Mizoguchi Kenji, politically and/or aesthetically militant directors' works from the 1960-70s, and the cutting edge of contemporary cinema. We will consider both formal and historical questions, paying particular attention to such themes as Japanese cinema's relationship with the classical Hollywood style in light of contemporary discussions in the field. Our goal is to develop an informed understanding of historical and individual film styles in Japanese cinema by examining editing, lighting, camerawork, acting, and narrative structure in these film texts. In order to articulate these films' relations with culture and society, we historicize them in two ways, rather than see them through the prescribed framework of identity and difference (Japan and the West, etc.). First, we situate them in specific moments in history, such as the militarist government's film policy during WWII and democratization under the U.S. Occupation. Furthermore, our particular emphasis is on how film industry and its audiences mediated between socio-economic changes and film texts. Second, we take a reflexive approach to the concept of history, seeking to establish a critical perspective from which to examine historical films not as unmediated facts but as representations. I will supplement the class with clips from some of the important Japanese films that have not been released with English subtitles from time to time so that we will have a better sense of Japanese film history.

ASIAN 480 - Topics in Asian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets together with HISTART 489 section 006
003 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (LAB)
Th 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Note: This course meets together with ANTHRCUL 458 section 003 and HISTORY 498 section 001
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