ARTH 232. Japanese Film
This course examines the history and aesthetics of Japanese film, focusing on the ways in which Japanese film responded to, and developed independently of, American cinema. The work of the three greatest Japanese directors – Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963), Kenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956), and Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) will be emphasized, focusing on recurring narratives, themes, styles, and aesthetic traditions. The work of some modern and contemporary filmmakers will also be studied, compared, and contrasted to earlier traditions.