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Women in Japanese Cinema

Alternative Perspectives

Tamae Prindle (author)

ISBN: 9780983299158

Publication Date: Jun 2013

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

By studying Japanese films and their associated literature, this book reveals the covert stories of Japanese women of various statuses and time periods in an exegesis of their story versus orthodox history. Fifteen films are studied to bring this theme into focus. The five chapters represent categories the public used to code Japanese women in the pre-feminist age.
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By studying Japanese films and their associated literature, this book reveals the covert stories of Japanese women of various statuses and time periods in an exegesis of their story versus orthodox history. Fifteen films are studied to bring this theme into focus. They are: Imamura Shohei’s The Ballad of Narayama, Naruse Mikio’s Mother, Idemitsu Mako’s Great Mother, Kinugasa Teinousuke’s Gate of Hell, Kurosawa Akira’s No Regrets for Our Youth, Kuwabata Kagenobu’s Love and Lie, Toyoda Shiro’s The Mistress, Kumai Kei’s Sandakan Brothel No. 8, Takahashi Banmei’s A New Love in Tokyo, Nishikawa Katsumi’s A Dancing Girl in Izu, Obayashi Nobuhiko’s Chizuko’s Younger Sister, Ichikawa Jun’s Tsugumi, Mizoguchi Kenji’s Life of Oharu, Itami Juzo’s Tampopo, and Ishikawa Jun’s Grass Fish on a Tree.

The five chapters, "Mother," "Wife," "Whore," "Girl" and "Woman," represent categories the public used to code Japanese women in the pre-feminist age. Each chapter features three films depicting women in the pre-modern age, in the World War II period, and in late twentieth century Japan, and each embraces the three films within the thematic perspective of ecological feminism, sexuality, alienation, illusion, and power-over/power-to, respectively.

The book sheds light on cultural, historical, and/or ideological backgrounds of the films under study in important new ways and breaks new ground in the study of women in Japanese culture.
Illustrations Illustrations
Imprint MerwinAsia
Pages 350
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2013
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Subject/s Gender studies: women   Film: styles & genres  
Tamae Prindle is Oak Professor of East Asian Language and Literature and resident director of AKP (Associated Kyoto Program) at Colby College, USA. Her many publications include Made in Japan and Other Japanese “Business Novels” (1989), Kinj? the Corporate Bouncer and Other Stories from Japanese Business, and Ikk? Shimizu, The Dark Side of Japanese Business: Three “Industry Novels,” all of which she translated and introduced.

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