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Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast

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Publisher Comments:

This study of the films of Oshima Nagisa is both an essential introduction to the work of a major postwar director of Japanese cinema and a theoretical exploration of strategies of filmic style. For almost forty years, Oshima has produced provocative films that have received wide distribution and international acclaim. Formally innovative as well as socially daring, they provide a running commentary, direct and indirect, on the cultural and political tensions of postwar Japan.

Best known today for his controversial films In the Realm of the Senses and The Empire of Passion, Oshima engages issues of sexuality and power, domination and identity, which Maureen Turim explores in relation to psychoanalytic and postmodern theory. The films' complex representation of women in Japanese society receives detailed and careful scrutiny, as does their political engagement with the Japanese student movement, postwar anti-American sentiments, and critiques of Stalinist tendencies of the Left. Turim also considers Oshima's surprising comedies, his experimentation with Brechtian and avant-garde theatricality as well as reflexive textuality, and his essayist documentaries in this look at an artist's gifted and vital attempt to put his will on film.

Synopsis:

For almost 40 years, Japan's Oshima Nagisa has produced provocative films that have provided running commentary, direct and indirect, on the cultural and political tensions of postwar Japan. Nagisa engages issues of sexuality and power and domination and identity, which author Maureen Turim explores in relation to psychoanalytic and postmodern theory. 66 photos.

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"Turim raises critically important issues that the existing literature on Japanese cinema has been loath to address. Through thoughtful and sensitive readings of Oshima's films, she acknowledges the problematic nature of categories such as culture, subjectivity, and identity. This is an important contribution not only to film criticism and scholarship but to current debates and discussions in the Japan field, in cultural studies generally, and in feminist thought."—William Haver, State University of New York, Binghamton

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-297) and index.

About the Author

Maureen Turim is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Florida and author of Abstraction in Avant-Garde Film (1981) and Flashbacks in Film: Memory and History (1989).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520206663
Author:
Turim, Maureen
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Production and direction
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Oshima, Nagisa
Subject:
Oshima, Nagisa - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
95-669
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
66
Pages:
317
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 19 oz

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Product details 317 pages University of California Press - English 9780520206663 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , For almost 40 years, Japan's Oshima Nagisa has produced provocative films that have provided running commentary, direct and indirect, on the cultural and political tensions of postwar Japan. Nagisa engages issues of sexuality and power and domination and identity, which author Maureen Turim explores in relation to psychoanalytic and postmodern theory. 66 photos.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Turim raises critically important issues that the existing literature on Japanese cinema has been loath to address. Through thoughtful and sensitive readings of Oshima's films, she acknowledges the problematic nature of categories such as culture, subjectivity, and identity. This is an important contribution not only to film criticism and scholarship but to current debates and discussions in the Japan field, in cultural studies generally, and in feminist thought."—William Haver, State University of New York, Binghamton
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