Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s

Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s

By: Isolde Standish (author)Hardback

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This is a superb new study of Japanese culture in the post-war period, focusing on a handful of filmmakers who created movies for a politically conscious audience. Out of a background of war, occupation and the legacies of Japan's post-defeat politics there emerged a dissentient group of avant-garde filmmakers who created a counter-cinema that addressed a newly constituted, politically conscious audience. While there was no formal manifesto for this movement and the various key filmmakers of the period (Oshima Nagisa, Imamura Shohei, Yoshida Yoshishige, Hani Susumu, Wakamatsu Koji and Okamoto Kihachi) experimented with very different conceptions of visual style, it is possible to identify a sensibility that motivated many of these filmmakers: a generational consciousness based on political opposition that was intimately linked to the student movements of the 1950s, and shared experiences as Japan's first generation of post-war filmmakers artistically stifled by a monopolistic and hierarchal commercial studio system that had emerged reinvigorated in the wake of the 'red purges' of the late-1940s. "Politics, Porn and Protest: Japanese Avant-Garde Cinema in the 1960s and 1970s" provides a much needed overview of these filmmakers and reconsiders the question of dissent in the cultural landscape of Japan in the post-war period.

About Author

Isolde Standish is Convenor of the Cinemas of Asia and Africa, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Contents

Chapter One: Film and Philosophy: Towards a Cinema of Praxis; Chapter Two: War, Historicity, and Counter-Memory; Chapter Three: Sexuality, Perversions and Originary Worlds; Chapter Four: The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780826444707
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780826444707
  • ISBN10: 0826444709

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