New PDF release: The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity

By Catherine Russell

ISBN-10: 0822342901

ISBN-13: 9780822342908

ISBN-10: 0822343126

ISBN-13: 9780822343127

One of the main prolific and revered administrators of jap cinema, Naruse Mikio (1905–69) made eighty-nine motion pictures among 1930 and 1967. Little, besides the fact that, has been written approximately Naruse in English, and lots more and plenty of the writing approximately him in jap has now not been translated into English. With The Cinema of Naruse Mikio, Catherine Russell brings deserved serious awareness to this under-appreciated director. in addition to illuminating Naruse’s contributions to eastern and international cinema, Russell’s in-depth learn of the director sheds new mild at the eastern movie among the Nineteen Thirties and the 1960s.

Naruse was once a studio-based director, an organization guy well known for bringing motion pictures in on finances and on time. in the course of his lengthy profession, he directed videos in numerous kinds of melodrama whereas showing a amazing continuity of tone. His movies have been in accordance with numerous jap literary resources and unique scripts; just about all of them have been set in modern Japan. Many have been “women’s films.” they'd woman protagonists, and so they depicted women’s passions, disappointments, exercises, and residing stipulations. whereas neither Naruse or his audiences pointed out themselves as “feminist,” his motion pictures time and again foreground, if now not problem, the inflexible gender norms of eastern society. Given the advanced ancient and significant matters surrounding Naruse’s cinema, a finished research of the director calls for an leading edge and interdisciplinary technique. Russell attracts at the severe reception of Naruse in Japan as well as the cultural theories of Harry Harootunian, Miriam Hansen, and Walter Benjamin. She exhibits that Naruse’s videos have been key texts of eastern modernity, either within the ways in which they portrayed the altering roles of jap ladies within the public sphere and of their depiction of an city, industrialized, mass-media-saturated society.

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