Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (Historical by Jasper Sharp

By Jasper Sharp

The cinema of Japan predates that of Russia, China, and India, and it's been capable of maintain itself with no open air information for over a century. jap cinema's lengthy background of creation and substantial output has visible movies made in a number of genres, together with melodramas, romances, gangster video clips, samurai videos, musicals, horror motion pictures, and monster motion pictures. It has additionally produced probably the most well-known names within the heritage of cinema: Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Beat Takeshi, Toshirô Mifune, Godzilla, The Ring, Akira, Rashomon, and Seven Samurai.

The Historical Dictionary of jap Cinema is an advent to and evaluation of the lengthy heritage of eastern cinema. It goals to supply an access aspect for people with very little familiarity with the topic, whereas it truly is geared up in order that students within the box can also be in a position to use it to discover particular details. this is often performed via a close chronology, an introductory essay, and appendixes of movies, movie studios, administrators, and performers. The cross-referenced dictionary entries disguise key motion pictures, genres, studios, administrators, performers, and different participants. This e-book is a superb entry element for college students, researchers, and a person desirous to understand extra approximately jap cinema.

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11 February: On Empire Day, Ri Kôran (Yamaguchi Yoshiko) performs songs from her films at the Nihon Gekijô theater in Yurakuchô, triggering riots in Tokyo when thousands of spectators are unable to get into the theater, although the incident is hushed up in the nation’s media. ” 7 December: A surprise aerial attack launched by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii brings the United States into World War II. 1942 Under government ordinance, the Greater Japan Motion Picture Production Company (Dai Nihon Eiga Seisaku Kabukishikigaisha), which in 1945 becomes known as Daiei, is established through a merger between Nikkatsu’s production facilities, Shinkô Kinema, and Daito, leaving Nikkatsu to function only in an exhibition capacity, while the Film Distribution Corporation (Eiga Haikyû Kôsha) is established to monopolize distribution.

Beating all-time box-office records for an Asian film upon its release in the United States; and major awards being won by Imamura Shôhei and Kawase Naomi at the Cannes Film Festival and Kitano Takeshi at Venice Film Festival. Such a resurgence on the world stage paved the way for the subsequent popularity of titles such as Miike Takashi’s Audition (Ôdishon, 2000) and Fukasaku Kinji’s Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru, 2000).

However, the material on which such films were based emerged from local traditions, and the films often addressed more culturally specific concerns (the main exception to this are the films of Kurosawa Akira, whose narratives were either fictional in their basis or, as was so often the case, drew upon foreign sources, which undoubtedly has had a large bearing on their universal popularity and influence). Stories based on real-life Edo-period outlaws such as Kunisada Chûji and Shimizu no Jirôchô have retained an enduring appeal in the nation’s cinema, but the films recounting their mythologized exploits have been formalized along very different lines depending on the era in which they were made, and while they might be seen as epitomizing the jidai-geki genre, by focusing on characters outside of the law, they also can be seen as antecedents to the yakuza film.

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