Introduction to Japanese Film (JPN4802.01)

Huang-wen Lai

This course introduces students to the history of Japanese cinema from the 1920s to the present. We will take a closer look at many of the most important and influential directors in Japanese cinema, including (but not limited to) the three greatest directors: Mizoguchi Kenji, Ozu Yasujirō, and Kurosawa Akira. These directors are unified in using the medium to investigate essential questions regarding the human conditions, but they vary significantly in their approaches to the lived experience. How they employ the visual experience of cinema to express the human condition and the perception of truth, history, beauty, and death will be among the themes of this course.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Prerequisites:Permission of instructor. Email Ikuko Yoshida ( for permission.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 7:00PM-8:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: One time only

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