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ISBN-10: 0199731667

ISBN-13: 9780199731664

The truth of transnational innovation and dissemination of latest applied sciences, together with electronic media, has but to make a dent within the deep-seated culturalism that insists on reinscribing a divide among the West and Japan, even in nation-states of technological job which are fairly obviously dispersed throughout cultures. movie and media stories should not resistant to this development. They proceed to worry over the "Westernness" of movie applied sciences vis-à-vis the it appears self-evident "Japaneseness" of different modes of cultural creation. the most objective of The Oxford guide of jap Cinema is to counter this pattern towards dichotomizing the West and Japan and to problem the pervasive culturalism of today's movie and media reviews. This quantity addresses effective debates approximately what eastern cinema is, the place jap cinema is, and the place eastern cinema goes on the interval of main issue of nationwide boundary below globalization. with the intention to accomplish that, this quantity makes an attempt to foster discussion among eastern students of jap cinema, movie students of jap cinema established in Anglo-American and ecu international locations, movie students of non-Japanese cinema, movie archivists, movie critics, and filmmakers conversant in movie scholarship.

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But we must resist this temptation to moralize, for when we do Monday ends up as tedious and conservative as the media blowhards themselves. Rather, a return to Zero (and to laugher) is in order. But this time, to the time of Zero, the time of laughter. Monday is already a temporal category, one that straddles the week before and the week to come. Takagi wakes up Monday morning with not so much a hangover as an amnesic spell. The first part of the film is told in flashback (triggers that take us to the funeral, the café, and the bar) while the middle of the film catches up with itself by way of the media—the newspaper and TV indicate the exact time and day of the week (by the time we get to this point in the film the triggers work in reverse, so the shotgun shells take us back to the hotel room).

Rather, Miike shoots all the gore, all the decapitations, all the sadistic shredding and stretching and spraying of the body, with a desire not to shock or disgust, I think, but simply to see all of this on film. This approach might account for Miike’s phenomenal productivity, his making nearly sixty-five films over the past fifteen years. Miike makes each film without the micromanagement of an Ozu Yasujiro or the emperor-like control of a Kurosawa Akira (not to mention without the artistic seriousness of many of Miike’s peers).

Not to mention pinning to this film everything from a mathematical theory of number to Buddhist philosophy, from Lacanian psychoanalysis and the phenomenology of film experience to Marxist political economy and a dialectical theory of history. Put this way, of course, this argument is laughable. And I have not even begun to delve into some of the great philosophies of laughter (from Bergson to Baudelaire, from Soseki to Karatani). What I have quite intentionally excluded from this argument are the various cultural anthropologies of laughter.

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