ASIA 354: Introduction to Japanese Cinema


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Winter 2017

ASIA354 Introduction to Japanese Cinema Sections

Students will be introduced to the work of the major directors (e.g., Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Itami, Oshima, Shinoda). Ideological uses of literary texts and period pieces (e.g., Ugetsu, Life of Oharu, Double Suicide). Impact of depiction of Japanese in American film.


Instructor: Dr. Ayaka Yoshimizu

Dr. Yoshimizu’s postdoctoral project is concerned with ways in which contemporary Japanese popular culture represents the history of Japanese women who engaged in sex work in British Columbia and the state of Washington in the early 20th century. She is particularly interested in studying Japanese women’s non-fiction writings on this history. She completed her PhD in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU).