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Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Irene González-López and Michael Smith


This is the first book in English dedicated to the actress and director Tanaka Kinuyo. Praised as amongst the greatest actors in the history of Japanese cinema, Tanaka’s career spanned the industrial development of cinema - from silent to sound, monochrome to colour. Alongside featuring in films by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa, Tanaka was also the only Japanese woman filmmaker between 1953 and 1962, and her films tackled distinctly feminine topics such as prostitution and breast cancer. Because her career overlaps with a transformative period in Japan, especially for women, this close a ... More

Keywords: Tanaka Kinuyo, Stardom, national identity, female subjectivity, authorship, melodrama, women’s cinema, prostitution, memory, Japanese cinema and studio system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474409698
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409698.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irene González-López, editor
Kingston University

Michael Smith, editor
University of Leeds