Synopses & Reviews
Word and Image in Japanese Cinema examines the complex relationship between the temporal order of linguistic narrative and the spatiality of visual spectacle, a dynamic that has played an important role in much of Japanese film. In exploring the rift between word and image, the essays in this volume clarify the cultural imperatives that Japanese cinema reflects, as well as the ways in which the dialectic of word and image has informed the understanding and critical reception of Japanese cinema in the West.
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This volume examines the dynamic between temporal linguistic narrative and the spatiality of visual spectacle.
Word and Image in Japanese Cinema examines the dynamic between the temporal order of linguistic narrative and the spatiality of visual spectacle, clarifying the cultural imperatives that Japanese cinema reflects. The essays in this volume are also aimed at the understanding and critical reception of Japanese cinema in the West.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Contributors; Foreword: outside views of the Japanese film Donald Richie; Introduction Carole Cavanaugh and Dennis Washburn; Part I. Wording the Image/Imaging the Word: 1. The word before the image: criticism, the screenplay, and the regulation of meaning in prewar Japanese film culture Aaron Gerow; 2. The cinematic art of Higuchi Ichiyo's Takekurabe (comparing heights, 1895-1896) Janet Walker; 3. Once More and Gosho's Romanticism in the Early Occupation Period Arthur Nolletti, Jr.; 4. The taunt of the Gods: reflections on Woman in the Dunes Linda C. Ehrlich and Antonio Santos; 5. Adapting The Makioka Sisters Kathe Geist; 6. In the show house of modernity: exhaustive listing in Itami J-zô's Tanpopo Charles Shirô Inouye; Part II. Reflections of Identity: 7. Where's mama? The sobbing Yakuza of Hasegawa Shin Alan Tansman; 8. Saving the children: films by that most 'casual' of directors, Hiroshi Shimizu Keiko I. McDonald; 9. Ishihara Y-jirô: youth, celebrity, and the male body in late 1950s Japanese culture Michael Raine; 10. Otoko wa tsurai yo: nostalgia or parodic realism? Richard Torrance; 11. A working ideology for Hiroshima: Imamura Shôhei's Black Rain Carole Cavanaugh; Part III. Outside the Frame of Culture: 12. Piss and run: or how Ozu does a number on SCAP Edward Fowler; 13. In the realm of the censors: cultural boundaries and the poetics of the forbidden Leger Grindon; 14. The arrest of time: the mythic transgressions of Vengeance Is Mine Dennis Washburn; 15. The frenzy of metamorphosis: the body in Japanese pornographic animation Susan J. Napier; Selected bibliography of articles and books in English; Index.