Japanese Transnational Cinema I


Event Date: 23 May 2018
43 Gordon Sq
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
London WC1H 0PD

Birkbeck School of Arts presents:

Japanese Transnational Cinema I

Since the postwar discovery of Japanese cinema in the West, there has been a tendency to draw on essentialist visions of this filmography, understating its uniqueness as a consequence of its isolation from the rest of the World and the correlation to its aesthetic and philosophical tradition. In other words, Japanese cinema has been often regarded as an unequivocal result of Japanese culture.

This two day seminar on ‘Japanese Transnational Cinema’ proposes a new methodology, attempting to challenge this old paradigm by highlighting the limitations of studying Japanese film as a cinematic phenomenon confined to its national borders. Is Japanese cinema a national cinema? To what extent is Japanese cinema Japanese? On the one hand, filmmakers have always been exposed to the international flow of images, stories, iconographies, and film theories. Are external influences and Japanese film uniqueness incompatible? On the other hand, Japanese cinema has also involved the representation of other cultures. What are the contradictions in the Japanese representation of the “other”? In addition, the Japanese film industry cannot be completely understood without taking into account its huge transnational character from a production-distribution-and-consumption point of view.

Introductions by Marcos Centeno (Birkbeck), Nori Morita (Waseda) and Akane Kawakami (Birkbeck)

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Panel 1.Transnationality in non-fiction. Chair: Marcos Centeno

Hideaki Fujiki (Nagoya) – Global Imagination of Ontological Reality by Transnational Radioactive Documentaries

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Kerstin Fooken (Birkbeck) – Inabata and the Lumières – Exploring the Transnational Foundations of Cinema in Japan
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Questions:
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