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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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Modern Japanese Female Directors

Modern Japanese Female Directors

(p.171) 7. Modern Japanese Female Directors
Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-Bi

Adam Bingham

Edinburgh University Press

Female filmmakers have traditionally been scarce in Japanese cinema. However since the 1990s there has been a marked increase in, indeed a proliferation of, young women behind the camera, and this chapter examines their work with particular regard to the ways in which they variously supply or subvert, provide or parody, conventional (western) exegeses pertaining to women onscreen. A history of female directors in Japan is offered, and the films that comprise this chapter are analysed for their engagement with structures of power and looking; for their pictures of respective male and female roles in the Japanese family; with issues pertaining to Japanese women abroad and attendant portraits of Japanese nationhood; and for the particular ways in which intertextuality features in their work.

Keywords:   Kawase Naomi, Iguchi Nami, Laura Mulvey, Youth film, Feminisuto, Ogigami Naoko, Kitagawa Eriko, Digital filmmaking, Gender

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