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Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-Bi$
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Adam Bingham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748683734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683734.001.0001

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Japanese Documentary Cinema

Japanese Documentary Cinema

Reality and its Discontents

(p.144) 6. Japanese Documentary Cinema
Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-Bi

Adam Bingham

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter looks at post-millennial non-fiction from Japan, a genre not considered in any detail in English language criticism. It considers the lineage of significant documentary films and filmmakers and argues that a number of modern works complicate or frustrate the boundaries between what is apparently real and what is constructed. The work of several directors who have yet to be studied in either Japanese or Anglophone criticism is analysed (Fujiwara Toshi and Soda Kazuhiro), and their films are juxtaposed with several revolutionary antecedents in the Japanese documentary to help explicate something of its tradition and defining tenets. Recurrent styles and subjects – most especially the recourse to examinations of disease in Japanese non-fiction – are also analysed as part of this chapter, as well as how discourse on disaster fiction (including Susan Sontag) may be brought to bear on recent work about Fukushima.

Keywords:   Self-reflexivity, Kawase Naomi, Fujiwara Toshi, Sato Makoto, Ogawa-Pro, Disease, Politics, Abe Mark Nornes, Fukushima

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