contemporary Japan clash paper

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Clash between Old and New Japan Ozu’s, Mizoguchi’s, and Naruse’s portraits of under privileged people inform us of their perspectives on the important social issues facing Japan in the post war era. A shared social issue amongst all three directors is the clash between the old and new Japan. Old Japan is the traditional Japanese view on how to conduct one self in life; while, new Japan is the increasing amount of American ideals on how to live your life. At times these two views are diametrically opposed creating a strong sense of tension in post war Japan. Each film expresses a different aspect of the social tension occurring, over the change to the new ways. Ozu’s, Record of a Tenement Gentleman, represents the destruction of the old way of life in Japan with the arrival of the occupational forces. Tokyo is shown in ruins for the entirety of the film; while, recording of the destruction in Tokyo was not allowed by the occupational forces, Ozu was able to express this through using subtle details present in the ruins of Tokyo. This consisted of showing broken street lamps, cratered fields, and other subtle nuances in a post war region. Tokyo represents the destruction of the old ways with the end of the war. Tane and the boy she’s caring for are traveling from one location to another for the entire film until the end when they find something new in life. The wandering from one location to the next is a metaphor for Japan’s search
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Gibbs during the Spring '08 term at Denver.

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