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Unformatted text preview: GEK2022 Individual Project (Option 1): Analyzing Stereotypes and Realities of the Samurai in Film In this project you will analyze the image of the samurai as portrayed in three (or more) films. Your task will be to discuss how the samurai is presented in the film with reference to the issues discussed in class and what you have read. We are particularly interested in how realistically the samurai is presented by the director. The paper should not be a summary of the plot (story) but an academic piece of writing with clear arguments supported by evidence from the films and also from academic sources. The paper should be 1500‐2500 words in length. Here are some questions that may help as you construct the paper (not all of them will be relevant – please do not mechanically answer these questions in point form in your analysis) 1. How is the image of the samurai different or similar among the films? 2. How do the images presented match or conflict with what we have read and discussed in class and discussion sections? 3. How are samurai presented in each of the films? For example, are they romanticized, presented realistically, or some other way? 4. What narrative and cinematic strategies are used to convey & reinforce the image of the samurai in the film? (e.g., human relationships, plot lines, symbolism, narration, etc.) 5. Who are the major characters in the film? Are women visible in the film? How do samurai interact with others? 6. Whose perspective(s) guides the films? If it is a samurai, what kind of perspective do we get? 7. Are stereotypes about samurai challenged or reinforced (or both) in the films? 8. How convincing are the films? Do you walk away feeling convinced that the image(s) of the samurai portray an actual past? Or is the past merely a tapestry onto which the director can explore themes and ideas relevant to people today? STRUCTURE: Length: 1500‐2500 words (excluding notes and bibliography) Grading: 25% Submission Details: Hardcopy to module mailbox at AS4 Level 3 The first page of your analysis should contain your name, matric number, and discussion group DEADLINE: OCTOBER 14 (FRIDAY), 5PM SHARP SOURCES: Your analysis must also use published academic sources. This means scholarship published in academic journals and other scholarly publications such as monographs. Use the course readings as your first point of reference and go further if necessary. PLAGIARISM: Any plagiarism will result in a failing grade. Keep in mind: plagiarism is not only direct 1 copying of another text: if you use another author’s ideas and do not give them credit (in a note) you are plagiarizing (even if you change the wording). Using ideas or text from web pages without giving credit is also considered plagiarism. If in doubt, put in a footnote or endnote (you can never have too many). SAMURAI FILMS (These are just a few of the many hundreds out there): For more choices see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_cinema http://www.imdb.com/list/asN0HxQt4y8/ The 47 Ronin CALL # PN1997 Fron 2. Chushingura (Hiroshi Inagaki) CALL # PN1997 Chu. James Clavell's Shogun (Jerry London) CALL # PN1997 Jam. Harakiri (Kobayashi Masaki). Kagemusha [The Shadow Warrior] (Akira Kurosawa) CALL # PN1997 Kag. Kakushi ken oni no tsume [The Hidden Blade] (Yamada Yōji). Kumonosujo (Throne of Blood) (Akira Kurosawa) CALL # PN1997 Thr. The Last Samurai (Edward Zwick) CALL # PN1997.2 Lsa. Ran (Akira Kurosawa) CALL # PN1997 Ran. Red lion (Okamoto Kihachi) CALL # PN1997 Aka. Samurai : Legend of Musashi (Hiroshi Inagaki) CALL # PN1997 Sam. Samurai II : Duel at Ichijoji Temple (Hiroshi Inagaki) CALL # PN1997 Samu. Samurai III :Duel at Ganryu Island (Hiroshi Inagaki) CALL # PN1997 Samu. Sanbiki no samurai [Three Outlaw Samurai] (Gosha Hideo). Sanjuro (Akira Kurosawa) CALL # PN1997 San. The Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa) CALL # PN1997 Shic. Shin Heike Monogatari [The Taira Clan Saga] (Kenji Mizoguchi) CALL # PN1997 Shih. Taboo (Nagisa Oshima) CALL # PN1997.2 Tab. Ten to chi to [Heaven and Earth] (Kadokawa Haruki). Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi) CALL # PN1997 Uge. Yojimbo [The Bodyguard] (Akira Kurosawa) CALL # PN1997 Yoj. Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano). 2 ...
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