Honda Ishiro dir. Gojira (1954)
How was the film Godzilla born?
Honda Ishir - director
Tanaka Tomoyuki - Producer
Tsuburaya Eiji Special Effects
Ifukube Akira - composer
1953 The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
by Eugne Louri
1933 Hollywood film King Kong
Nakazawa Keijis Barefoot Gen (1971 72)
Q1: What was Nakazawas fathers job [from the Authors Note]?
Q2: How did Nakazawa survived the Atomic Bombing?
Q3: The opening of the comics starts with the depiction of a plant. What is it?
Q4: Who else appea
1. Take attendance
2. Discussion on Ranpos short stories.
1. Explain the socio-historical condition of Japan from the
Taish period to the Early Showa period (1930s).
2. Explain what is ero, guro, nonsensu and its
For Active Viewing & Analyzing
All of us are consciously and unconsciously practicing
impressionistic criticism. It was a dominant model of
literary study (or other studies of art) before new criticism
came in the early 20th century.
Ozu Yasujirs I Was Born, But . . . (1932)
Q1: What is the Yoshii family doing at the beginning of the film?
Q2: When Mr. Yoshii meets his boss Mr. Iwasaki, he and his friends are doing sports.
What is it?
Q3: The two sons (brothers) skip the school
Master of Short Stories
Taish period (1912 1926)
First work Rashomon in 1915
Commits suicide when 35 yrs old (in 1927)
The Akutagawa Award
Taish Modernism What is modernism?
What is Modernism?
Avant-garde movement i
1. Take attendance
2. Lecture on Earlier Japanese Film
3. Discussion on Akutagawas Rashmon
1. Explain how Japan film industry developed and its
connection with premodern art/entertainment forms.
2. Address how Japanese adapted f
Brief History of Japan
(8000 B.C. A.D. 7th C.)
The Yamato Kingdom Dominated South Western
Part of Japan. the king claimed the emperor
Classical Period (7 12 C)
Heian Period (8 - 12th C)
- Aristocratic Culture
In fact the whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country,
there are no such people.
- Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying (1889)
1.A couple of notes on Murakamis Superflat Monogram
2.A Short History of Japan
3.Discussion on SUGI
Literature, Culture, and Language in Contemporary Japan
Instructor: CJ (Shige) Suzuki
1.Course Introduction (Syllabus)
2.Japanese Language Introduction
3.A Short History of Japan
4.Murakami Takashi + Hosoda Mamoru, Superflat Mono
AAS study sheet
Geography of Japan
The Heian Period
The Edo Period
The location of ancient Japanese capital
Invention of hiragana
Black ship (kurofune)
The Meiji Restoration
Japanese era names (from Edo to
Uchina Pop: Place and Identity in Contemporary Okinawan Popular Music
OKINAWA BOOM A ND WORLD MUSIC
Place and Identity in Contemporary
Okinawan Popular Music
James E. Roberson
ince t he e arly 1990s, U china ( Okinawan) p op m usic h as b
Barefoot Gen, the Atomic Bomb and I: The Hiroshima Legacy
Nakazawa Keiji interviewed by Asai Motofumi, Translated by Richard H. Minear
Click here for Japanese original.
See below for video of Barefoot Gen
In August 2007 I asked Nakazawa Keiji, manga artis
CMP/AAS4905: Mini-Test #1 Review Sheet
All the questions are based on the course readings, films, and lectures from the beginning to Honda Ishirs
Godzilla. First, you should be able to identify all the names of writers, directors, and
Timothy Corrigan. A Short Guide to Writing about
Film. Fourth Edition. New York: Longman, 2001.
BEGINNING TO THINK,
PREPARING TO WATCH,
AND STARTING TO WRITE
O f the several difficulties i n writing about film, one of the most
prominent is getting a ha
Ero Guro Nonsensu vs. Modern Humanism
1. Ian Buruma on ero guro nonsensu
Taish Tokyo was marked by a skittish, sometimes nihilistic hedonism that brings Weimar Berlin to
mind. It produced a culture that would later be summed up as ero for erotic, guro for
Mise-en-scne Analysis Handout
I. Storong Compositoinal Consciousness
Perhaps the most traditional aspect not only of Ozus films but also of Japanese cinema as a whole is its longlived and still-continuing concern for composition. Dictionaries define compo
Arguing about Literary and Cultural Text
From Bedford Introduction to Literature (pp. 1565-1567), modified by CJ
1. How do various elements of the work - title, plot, character, point of view, setting, tone, diction,
Postwar Japan was a place of precipitous
urban growth and a tumultuously changing
media landscape -fertile conditions for the
arts , and in particular for the development
of what became known as "intermedia":
a trend that engendered unprecedented
I r 1895, when film was first seen in
fifff-year-old member of this initial rnovie audience would have been boru into a feudal
world where the shogun, dairnyo, and samurai ruled. He could not have left his archipelago
or, if he did
Sseki and Modern Japan
William Gibson on the Encounter b/w Japan and the West
"In 1854, with Commodore Perry's second landing, gunboat diplomacy ended 200 years of selfimposed isolation, a deliberate stretching out of the feudal dreamtime. The Japanese kn