Light and Shadow – Japanese Films
This course examines Japanese films of the twentieth century, from benshi-related silent films through to cel and CGI animation. Topics for discussion will include wartime and occupation censorship, the visuality of violence, and discourses of adaptation and the remake. Major genres studied will include the samurai movie and its relationship to Hollywood, the 1970s yakuza film and its modern incarnation in the films of Takeshi Kitano, and the animated films of the 1990s that explore human identity in terms of cybernetic and other mutations.
This course satisfies Group A