Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)
By: Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (author)Hardback
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The films of Akira Kurosawa have had an immense effect on the way the Japanese have viewed themselves as a nation and on the way the West has viewed Japan. In this comprehensive and theoretically informed study of the influential director's cinema, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto definitively analyses Kurosawa's entire body of work, from 1943's Sanshiro Sugata to 1993's Madadayo. In scrutinising this oeuvre, Yoshimoto shifts the ground upon which the scholarship on Japanese cinema has been built and questions its dominant interpretative frameworks and critical assumptions. Arguing that Kurosawa's films arouse anxiety in Japanese and Western critics because the films problematise Japan's self-image and the West's image of Japan, Yoshimoto challenges widely circulating cliches about the films and shows how these works constitute narrative answers to socio-cultural contradictions and institutional dilemmas.
While fully acknowledging the achievement of Kurosawa as a filmmaker, Yoshimoto uses the director's work to reflect on and rethink a variety of larger issues, from Japanese film history, modern Japanese history, and cultural production to national identity and the global circulation of cultural capital. He examines how Japanese cinema has been invented" in the discipline of film studies for specific ideological purposes and analyses Kurosawa's role in that process of invention. Demonstrating the richness of both this director's work and Japanese cinema in general, Yoshimoto's nuanced study illuminates an array of thematic and stylistic aspects of the films in addition to their social and historical contexts. Beyond aficionados of Kurosawa and Japanese film, this book will interest those engaged with cultural studies, postcolonial studies, cultural globalisation, film studies, Asian studies, and the formation of academic disciplines.
Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto is Associate Professor of Japanese, Cinema, and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa.
Acknowledgements; Introduction I Japanese cinemas in search of a discipline II The films of Kurosawa Akira 1. Kurosawa criticism and the name of the author 2. Sanshiro Sugata 3. The most beautiful 4. Sanshiro Sugata, part 2 5. The men who tread on the tiger's tail 6. No regrets for our youth 7. One wonderful Sunday 8. Drunken Angel 9. The quiet duel 10. Stray dog 11. Scandal 12. Rashomon 13. The idiot 14. Ikiru 15. Seven samurai 16. Record of a living being 17. Throne of blood 18. The lower depths 19. The hidden fortress 20. The bad sleep well 21. Yojimbo 22. Sanjuro 23. High and low 24. Red beard 25. Dodeskaden 26. Dersu uzala 27. Kagemusha 28. Ran 29. Dreams 30. Rhapsody on August 31. Madadayo Epilogue; Notes; Filmography; Bibliography; Index
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