Internet Articles

While a few may have been originally printed on paper, here are some of my articles that are now available on the internet.

War and Nationalism in Yamato: Trauma and Forgetting the Postwar.” Japan Focus (2011): access

Uses Sato Jun'ya's blockbuster war film to discuss how recent war films attempt to forget less the war than the postwar.

“Japanese Reference Materials for Studying Japanese Cinema at Yale University.” Yale East Asian Library (2011): access

My online guide to reference works in the Japanese language that are essential to studying Japanese cinema.

A Retrospective on Japanese Retrospectives.” Undercurrent 6 (2010): access

Uses the lack of a published catalog for the 2009 Tokyo FILMeX retrospective to think about the forgetting of Japanese film theory and how that has come to define Japanese cinema itself.

From Flags of Our Fathers to Letters From Iwo Jima: Clint Eastwood’s Balancing of Japanese and American Perspectives.” Japan Focus (2006): access

A review of Eastwood’s two Iwo Jima films. Also check out Ikui Eikoh's piece on the films that I translated and introduced.

“Recent Film Policy and the Fate of Film Criticism in Japan.” Midnight Eye (2006): access

A consideration of the effects of recent Japanese government film policy on not only movie production, but also the culture of film criticism.

“Fantasies of War and Nation in Recent Japanese Cinema.” Japan Focus (2006): access

An analysis of two recent neo-nationalist war films: Aegis and Lorelei

“Repetition All Over Again in Recent Japanese Films.” Dejima Film Festival (2006): access

I discuss the significance behind the prevalence of figures of repetition and circularity in recent Japanese cinema, especially in the films of Miike, Kurosawa, and Aoyama. 

"Recognizing 'Others' in a New Japanese Cinema." Japan Foundation Newsletter 39.2 (January 2002): 1-6: download PDF here

An introduction to contemporary Japanese cinema, concentrating on how it depicts the minorities or "others" of Japanese society. You can download the PDF of the entire issue from the JF site.

"One Print in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Culture and Industry in 1910s Japan." Screening the Past 11 (2000): access

An investigation of the cultural and industrial significance of the peculiar fact that early Japanese film producers often only created one print of the films they made.

"Fukasaku Kinju, Underworld Historiographer." New Cinema From Japan News, Vol. 2 (January 2000)access

An examination of uniquely cinematic means of narrating postwar Japanese history. 

"The Benshi's New Face: Defining Cinema in Taisho Japan." Iconics 3 (1994): download PDF here

One of my first published articles - thus a bit too green for comfort - this piece helped formed the basis for my thinking the relation between the benshi and issues of power and how that helped define cinema in the Taisho era.

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