East Asian Languages and Cultures | Topics in East Asian Studies: Introduction to Japanese Film (graduate)
E505 | 15381 | Suzuki, M.

Graduate Students only
3 credits
P: No prerequisites; knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.
Must attend Wed screenings in addition to regularly scheduled class
times on Tues and Thurs.

This lecture/discussion class is an introduction to Japanese film,
spanning from the early silent films to contemporary cinema. While
exploring the history of Japanese film and its social and cultural
contexts, we examine works by important directors (such as
Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Ozu and Imamura), genres, themes and
techniques. We will also use secondary critical materials on
Japanese film and readings on film terminology. Particular areas of
focus include gender, war, memory, censorship, visuality and
narrative. Film screenings on Wed evenings are a mandatory part of
the course and students who are not able to attend this timeslot in
addition to the T/Th scheduled class times will not be able to take
this course. Students will be evaluated on class attendance,
discussion participation, essays, and exams.