SAC 441 - National Cinemas
Section: 001 Japanese Cinema
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Screen Arts & Cultures
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Lab Fee:
50
Advisory Prerequisites:
FILMVID/SAC 230 or 236 or 360.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Kinoshita,Chika

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.

SAC 441 - National Cinemas
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
19754
Open
1
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with Asian 480.006
002 (LAB)
 
19755
Open
1
 
-
Th 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Note: Meets with Asian 480.007
003 (LEC)
P
22226
Open
9
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (LAB)
 
22227
Open
9
 
-
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
005 (LEC)
P
24947
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (LAB)
 
24948
Open
5
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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