Anthology Articles

”The Japanese Film Musical." The International Film Musical. Eds. Corey K. Creekmur and Linda Y. Mokdad. (Edinburgh University Press, 2012. Pp. 157-170.

Considers the phenomenon of musicals in Japanese cinema by focusing on the problem of genre, both in terms of the general issue of the structure of genre in the Japanese film industry and the specific problem Japanese musicals have faced in trying to pursue what is often perceived as a Hollywood genre. See the EUP page.

”Japanese Film and Television." Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society. Eds. Victoria Lyon Bestor and Theodore C. Bestor, with Akiko Yamagata. London: Routledge, 2011. Pp. 213-225.

A concise and critical history of film and television in Japan, focusing in particular on they articulated and were shaped within the struggle over meaning in a modern mass culture society. See the Routledge page.

”Aoyama Shinji." Fifty Contemporary Film Directors. Ed. Yvonne Tasker. London: Routledge, 2010. Pp. 27-38.

An analysis of the director’s work up until Sad Vacation. (Buy at Amazon.)

"Kind Participation: Postmodern Consumption and Capital with Japan's Telop." Television, Japan, and Globalization. Ed. Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Eva Tsai, JongBong Choi. Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2010.

Analyses the phenomenon of subtitles (more properly called "telop") on Japanese television, especially variety programming. Critically using Ota Shoichi's work on owarai (especially the boke and tsukkomi in manzai) and Azuma Hiroki's work on database consumption, I argue about how Japanese TV not only reads itself, but encourages viewers to contribute their labor as readers to enhance the value of the televisual commodity. (Buy at Amazon.)

"Narrating the Nation-ality of a Cinema: The Case of Japanese Prewar Film." The Culture of Japanese Fascism. Ed. Alan Tansman. Duke University Press, 2009.

Complicates the description of prewar Japanese film as an ultra-nationalist cinema by elucidating the complex and contradictory process of that cinema becoming "nation-al." (Buy at Amazon.)

"Playing with Postmodernism: Morita Yoshimitsu’s Family Game." Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts. Eds. Alastair Phillips and Julian Stringer. Routledge, 2007.

An analysis of Morita’s film in relation to its contemporary context, especially discussions of postmodernism. (Buy at Amazon.)

"Wrestling with Godzilla: Manga Monsters, Puroresu and the National Body." In Godzilla’s Footsteps. Eds. William Tsutsui and Michiko Ito. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. Pp. 63-81.

Critiques the view that the 1960s Godzilla is but kiddie fare by linking the Big Lizard with Rikidozan, Sugiura Shigeru and national irreverency in an atomic age. (Buy at Amazon.)

"Nation, Citizenship and Cinema." A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan. Ed. Jennifer Robertson. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2005. Pp. 400-414.

An introduction to theories of the nation in Japan, using the example of film to complicated notions of a “national cinema.” (Buy at Amazon.)

"From the National Gaze to Multiple Gazes: Representations of Okinawa in Recent Japanese Cinema." Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power. Eds. Laura Hein and Mark Selden. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield , 2003. Pp. 273-307.

Analyses a range of films from Sayonara Nippon and Free and Easy 11, to works by Sai Yoichi, Kitano Takeshi and Takamine Go. (Buy at Amazon.)

"The Industrial Ichikawa: Ichikawa Kon after 1976." Kon Ichikawa. Ed. James Quandt. Ontario: Cinematheque Ontario, 2001. Pp. 385-397.

Uses Ichikawa’s later works to discuss problems in the Japanese film industry from the 1970s to the 1990s. (Buy at Amazon.)

"The Word Before the Image: Criticism, the Screenplay, and the Regulation of Meaning in Prewar Japanese Film Culture." Word and Image in Japanese Cinema. Eds. Carole Cavanaugh and Dennis Washburn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Pp. 3-35.

Considers how Japanese filmmakers and critics tried to contain the problem of the image—and its potential proliferation of meaning—by tying it to the word. (Buy at Amazon.)

"Consuming Asia, Consuming Japan: The New Neonationalist Revisionism in Japan." Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States. Eds. Mark Selden and Laura Hein. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2000. Pp. 74-95.

An analysis of recent neo-nationalist cultural trends, focusing particular on a “consumer nationalism” evident in such films as Iwai Shunji’s Swallowtail Butterfly. (Buy at Amazon.)


Also check out my entries in the following encyclopedias and film guides:

City Secrets Movies: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Cinema's Hidden Gems (World of Geisha)

Defining Moments in Movies: The Greatest Films, Stars, Scenes and Events that Made Movie Magic (Takadanobaba Duel, Tokyo Drifter, Cure, etc.)

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World: 1750 to the Present (anime and Japanese film)

Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (Kawase, Koreeda, etc.)

Encyclopedia of Early Cinema (the Japan entry, etc.)

Censorship: A World Encyclopedia (on film censorship in Japan)

The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (the Japanese film entry, etc.)

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