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 hallâ€”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 filmsâ€”an experimental one from the 20s, an animated propaganda film, and a yakuza gangster flick from the director of Battle Royale.