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The Japanese Period Film

A Critical Analysis

The Japanese Period Film by S. A. Thornton
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This study examines the history of the Japanese period film and proposes that a powerful relationship exists between the past and present in Japan's narrative tradition. The first section of the book analyzes the form and function of the Japanese period film, describing the unique iconography and characteristics of films set in the past. The author also examines how the period film has allowed Japanese filmmakers to circumvent government censorship by serving as a rhetorical device with which they can explore contemporary concerns through a criticism of the past. The final section of the book contains chapters that focus on the narrative in Japanese epic, religion, theater, and modern popular literature. A complete filmography and bibliography are included.
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers; October 2007
265 pages; ISBN 9780786492169
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Title: The Japanese Period Film
Author: S. A. Thornton