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4:30 – 6PM  Monday, November 5, 2012

Japan Colloquium Series – Whose Japanese Cinema?: Japan’s Transnationally Invisible Popular Film Cultures

Academic writing reveals, in many cases, an understanding of Japanese cinema based on a selective transnational canon of films. Consequently, the majority of academic writings on Japanese films are about films that have received at least limited transnational distribution. Often times, these writings are about those films that have most emphatically crossed between countries. For example, we have much more academic work on Japan’s famous “Golden Age” directors like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, and more work on critically lauded newer directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Takeshi Kitano, than we have on the vast majority of domestically successful directors. This talk is therefore an attempt to begin to rethink whose history of Japanese cinema we are writing; the history of cinema in Japan; or, a history led only by those films that circulate beyond Japan’s borders? Refocusing attention on the contemporary domestic market for films, this talk traces several new trends in Japanese filmmaking (animated and live action) that are largely invisible to a transnational definition of “Japanese cinema.” It highlights several new production trends, as well as intensifications of long-standing traditions in Japanese genres, industrial structures and production techniques to make visible some of the hidden popular majority of Japanese filmmaking. In performing this re-examination of the domestic Japanese film markets, the aim is to reconsider how we conceptualise Japanese cinema, to move away from notions of transnational and “quality” filmmaking and closer towards what audiences in Japan are actually watching.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
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Description: …d to honor the memory of Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, director of the Yale University Art Gallery from 1957 to 1…
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Description: Director Liu Jiayin
(Film Studies Program and Films at the…
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
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Description: …Junichiro Tanizaki was a late-career triumph for director Kon Ichikawa. Structured around the changing of t…
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
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Description: Amelie (France, 2001) 122 min. 35mm.
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
(Yale Film Society and Films a…
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
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Description: …on Japan’s famous “Golden Age” directors like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, and more w…
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Description: Filmscreening followed by Q&A with Director, Michael Otremba

Winner of best documentary feat…

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
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Description: …This is also a great opportunity for producers, directors, or any other production team members who are co…
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
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Description: …se Ophelian, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and director of Diagnosing Difference (2010), a documentary fi…
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Description: …. Hoffs was the first woman to receive the triple director/writer/producer credit on a major studio feature…
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Description: …ic Whyte is Assistant Professor of English and co-director of the Graduate program in Children’s Liter…
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Description: Stony Island (USA, 1978) 95 min. 35mm.
Director Andrew Davis
Followed by a Q&A with the direc…
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
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Description: …an expertly mounted tale of revenge and loyalty.

Director: Hideo Gosha (1964), 93 minutes

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
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Description: …n Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Robert Lepage, director.
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Description: …of Marie Antoinette reunites the playwright with director Rebecca Taichman, who staged Adjmi’s play,…
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