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Hikari Hori

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501714542

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501714542.001.0001

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Film and Visual Culture: The Early Showa Era, Historical Contexts, and Narrative Frameworks

Film and Visual Culture: The Early Showa Era, Historical Contexts, and Narrative Frameworks

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(p.1) Introduction Film and Visual Culture: The Early Showa Era, Historical Contexts, and Narrative Frameworks
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Promiscuous Media
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Hikari Hori

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501714542.003.0001

The introductory chapter clarifies the goal of the book, which is to question the monolithic understanding of wartime film and to focus on the complexities and contradictions of national identity formation of cultural texts in this period. The chapter begins by providing a brief summary of the era’s film industry. Then, it introduces the state of research of wartime Japanese film studies through an examination of the definition of ‘national policy film’ or kokusaku eiga. Finally, it underlines the significance of interdisciplinary and relational approaches to wartime Japanese film by discussing the methodologies and narratives of other national film histories that have informed this project. (105 words)

Keywords:   Japanese film industry, Fascist aesthetics, Asia Pacific War, National policy film, National cinema

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