Japanese Cinema: Silents to 1970

Dec 2010

On the first day of class, Prof. Hori announced that this was not an easy class, even though the midterm paper and final paper were not exactly lengthy (5 pgs, and 7-8 pgs respectively). And thus, Japanese Cinema was pretty much a very easy class. The lectures were somewhat stilted, and I think she showed too many clips. She kind of jumped around and was disorganized. The discussions we had about the movies (it was a seminar, though in a lecture hall—not her fault) were a lot more interesting and fruitful. The movies themselves were what you would expect for J-Cinema: Ozu, Kurosawa, Oshima. She did have some good curveball films—an experimental one from the 20s, an animated propaganda film, and a yakuza gangster flick from the director of Battle Royale.