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Picturing Japaneseness: Monumental Style, National Identity, Japanese Film

(Film and Culture Series)

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Explores the role of 1930s Japanese cinema in the construction of a national identity and in the larger context of Japan's encounter-and struggle-with the West and modernity. Davis lends a new perspective to such celebrated films as Gate of Hell, Kagemusha, and Ran.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 22nd 1996 by Columbia University Press (first published February 15th 1996)
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
originally got this book hoping it would cover material from World War II, but that did not prove to be the focus of the book. It's an examination of various styles of Japanese films and, at times, the book reads more like a thesis than a regular book.

The book does talk about Japan in the 30's, and the growing militarization of Japan. It notes the backlash against Western music and films, and the growing emphasis on Japanese tradition. It also notes how the military got more control over films.
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Darrell William Davis is senior lecturer at the School of Theatre, Film, and Dance at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the author of Picturing Japaneseness: Monumental Style, National Identity, Japanese Film.

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