Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano - Nippon Modern: Japanese Cinema of the 1920s and 1930s
2008 | ISBN: 082483240X | English | 185 pages | PDF | 3.6 MB
"Nippon Modern" is the first intensive study of Japanese cinema in the 1920s and 1930s, a period in which the countrys film industry was at its most prolific and a time when cinema played a singular role in shaping Japanese modernity. During the interwar period, the signs of modernity were ubiquitous in Japans urban architecture, literature, fashion, advertising, popular music, and cinema. The reconstruction of Tokyo following the disastrous earthquake of 1923 highlighted the extent of this cultural transformation, and the film industry embraced the reconfigured space as an expression of the modern. Shochiku Kamata Film Studios (1920-1936), the focus of this study, was the only studio that continued filmmaking in Tokyo following the citys complete destruction. Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano points to the influence of the new urban culture in Shochikus interwar films, acclaimed as modan na eiga, or modern films, by and for Japanese.Wada-Marcianos thought-provoking examinations illustrate the reciprocal relationship between cinema and Japans vernacular modernity - what Japanese modernity actually meant to Japanese. Her thorough and thoughtful analyses of dozens of films within the cultural contexts of Japan contribute to the current inquiry into non-Western vernacular modernities.