This class will provide an introduction to some of the most important Japanese films and filmmakers. We will examine the work of greats such as Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, as well as New Wave and 1960s political film, genre film, and anime. The course will move chronologically, introducing key issues for understanding Japanese film culture. Topics will include the period film, the use of benshi in the silent film era, national cinema, independent production, and recent globalized popular culture. No prior knowledge of Japanese history or film studies is needed.
Focuses on literature from a limited time period or particular aspects of pre-modern or modern Japanese culture.