Course Catalog

UGRD > JAPAN > 276

This course surveys some of the most important and exciting cinematic works from postwar Japan. In the first part of the course, we will visit the "masterpieces" - world-renowned works by legendary directors such as Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasuijiro, and Oshima Nagisa. We will also discuss techniques of cinema using their works in order to familiarize ourselves with the critical terms of film studies. The second part of the course is divided by theme and is designed to touch on some of the crucial issues (e.g. subversion of tradition) as well as recent development (e.g. popularity of Japanese horror in the global market; what constitutes "Japanese" cinema) surrounding cinema in Japan today. Throughout the course, we will keep an eye for the relationship between Japanese cinema and Hollywood.

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