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    The first female gaze at postwar Japanese women : Tanaka Kinuyo film director

    Gonzalez-Lopez, Irene and Mayu, A. (2018) The first female gaze at postwar Japanese women : Tanaka Kinuyo film director. In: González-López, Irene and Smith, M. (eds.) Tanaka Kinuyo : nation, stardom and female subjectivity. Edinburgh Studies in East Asian Film. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474409698.

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    The chapter focuses on the production and reception of Love Letter (Koibumi, 1953) and The Moon Has Risen (Tsuki wa noborinu, 1955) –the first two films directed by Tanaka—to call into question the meaning and construction of the category of ‘woman director’. The chapter is divided in three parts. The first contextualises Tanaka’s decision to become a director within the post-war legal and social changes affecting women, illuminating how she positioned herself within trending discourses. The second offers a textual analysis of the representation of gender roles and power dynamics in both films to question whether Tanaka was offering new perspectives on the subject. The last part illuminates how the figure of ‘woman director’ was being defined, contextualised and negotiated in the public sphere by a detailed analysis of promotional material and reviews from the contemporaneous Japanese press.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Book synopsis: Praised as amongst the greatest actors in the history of Japanese cinema, Tanaka’s career spanned the industrial development of cinema – from silent to sound, monochrome to colour. Alongside featuring in films by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa, Tanaka was also the only Japanese woman filmmaker between 1953 and 1962, and her films tackled distinctly feminine topics such as prostitution and breast cancer. Her career overlapped with a transformative period in Japanese history, and this close analysis of her fascinating life and work offers new perspectives, subjectivities and modes of analysis for the classical era of Japanese cinema.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Japanese Cinema, Gender and Film, Stardom, Female authorship
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Irene Gonzalez Lopez
    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 14:04
    Last Modified: 13 Mar 2022 15:09


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