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    Roundtable : the position of women in post-war Japanese cinema (Kinema Junpo, 1961)

    Armendariz-Hernandez, A. and González-López, Irene (2017) Roundtable : the position of women in post-war Japanese cinema (Kinema Junpo, 1961). Film Studies 16 (1), pp. 36-55. ISSN 1469-0314.

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    Abstract

    In contrast to the canonical history of cinema and film theory, often dominated by academic texts and Western and/or male voices, this article presents a casual conversation held in 1961 between four of the most influential women in the post-war Japanese film industry: Kawakita Kashiko,,Yamamoto Kyōko, Tanaka Kinuyo and Takamine Hideko. As they openly discuss their gendered experience in production, promotion, distribution and criticism, their thoughts shed light on the wide range of opportunities available to women in filmmaking, but also on the professional constraints, and concerns which they felt came along with their gender. Their conversation reveals how they measured themselves and their national industry in relation to the West; at times unaware of their pioneer role in world cinema. This piece of self-reflexive criticism contributes to existing research on both women's filmmaking and the industry of Japanese cinema, and invites us to reconsider non-hegemonic film thinking practices and voices.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Japanese cinema, film criticism, film industry, women filmmakers
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Irene Gonzalez Lopez
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 09:29
    Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 07:05
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46126

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