Women Japanese Cinema

Women Japanese Cinema

by Tamae K. Prindle


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By studying Japanese films and their associated literature, Tamae K. Prindle reveals the covert stories of Japanese women versus orthodox history. Fifteen films bring this theme into focus. 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 8, Takahashi Banmei's Le Nouveau Monde Amoureux, 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. "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 premodern age, in the World War II period, and in late twentieth century Japan, and each embraces the three films within the perspective of ecological feminism, sexuality, alienation, illusion, and power-over/power-to. Shedding light on cultural, historical, and/or ideological backgrounds of the films under study in important new ways, this book breaks new ground in the study of women in Japanese culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983299141
Publisher: MerwinAsia
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Mothers 5

Imamura Shohei's The Ballad of Naryayama (1983) 14

Naruse Mikio's Mother (1952) 24

Idemitsu Mako's Great Mother (1983) 43

Chapter 1 Endnotes 61

Chapter 2 Wives 71

Kinugasa Teinosuke's Gate of Hell'(1953) 80

Kurosawa Akira's No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) 100

Ichikura Haruo's Duty and Pretence (1997) 131

Chapter 2 Endnotes 144

Chapter 3 Prostitutes 161

Toyoda Shiro's The Mistress (1953) 169

Kumai Kei's Sandakan Brothel No. 8 (1974) 204

Takahashi Banmei's Le Nouveau Monde Amoureux (1994) 225

Chapter 3 Endnotes 243

Chapter 4 Girls 257

Nishikawa Katsumi's A Dancer in Izu (1974) 283

Ohbayashi Nobuhiko's Chizuko's Younger Sister (1991) 301

Ichikawa Jun's Tsugumi (1990) 324

Chapter 4 Endnotes 341

Chapter 5 Women 353

Mizoguchi Kenji's Life of Oharu (1952) 362

Itami Juzo's Tampopo (1985) 377

Ishikawa Atsushi's Grass-Carp on a Tree (1997) 407

Chapter 5 Endnotes 420

Appendices 429

Appendix 1 "Mother Picture" (haha-mono) and "Mother Nature"(bosei) 429

Appendix 2 Japanese Ecofeminism 434

Appendix 3 Patriarchy 436

Appendix 4 "Good Wife and Wise Mother" (rydsai kenbo) 438

Appendix 5 Wataru's Monologue in Kikuchi Kan's "Kesa's Husband" (kesa no otto) 440

Appendix 6 Shojo in Historical Context 442

Appendix 7 Fuzoku 445

Appendix 8 Postmodernism 447

Appendix 9 Transsexuality Related Chronology in Japan 449

Appendices Endnotes 451

Bibliography of Texts - Japanese 457

Bibliography of Texts - English 477

List of Films Discussed in the Main Text 494

About the Author 497

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