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ASNS3616: Japanese Cinema and Society

This unit introduces you to the history of Japanese film production with a focus on theory, criticism and reception. Films will be discussed according to themes and genres, and read in their sociopolitical contexts. It provides an initiated understanding of one of the most important film traditions in an international perspective.

Code ASNS3616
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
6 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level in Asian Studies or 18 credit points at 1000-level including ENGL1011

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and appreciate the role of film in Japan's entertainment industry
  • LO2. identify major thematic shifts that specific film genres have undergone
  • LO3. read and understand a Japanese film against the background of its socio-political context
  • LO4. discern and discuss stylistic traits peculiar to Japanese film tradition in a comparative context
  • LO5. write film reviews in a journalistic mode of discourse
  • LO6. analyse film as a cultural artefact in an academic mode of discourse.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.