Japanese Film Essay

I’m trying to study for my Literature course and I need some help to understand this question.


We will be looking for you to correctly include six of the keywords listed below (if they are words that can be used as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, any form of the word is valid—example, “symbolic” can also be “symbolize” or “symbol”). All finals should use six of the following keywords:

Representational, Mise-en-scène, Transition, Symbolic, Montage, Dialogue, Sign, Frame, Metaphor, Scene, Composition, Syntactical, Shot, Editing, Connotation, Sequence, Cut, Denotation.

We have encountered different ways of reading how film expresses questions relating to history and politics. One of the goals for this course has been to give you strategies for understanding how film constructs or complicates linear narratives of history. Film, in a sense, can challenge our understanding of how cultural and national identities are formed, debated, contested, and transformed in light of historical events. For this prompt, you are to write in the first person and in your own voice and your own narrative style. Do not use footnotes or internal citation.

Imagine that you are having a conversation with a good friend who is not interested in Japanese cinema, but is interested in other cultural texts (say, literature or TV) in general, but only in a generally informed way. Take ONE example of a film that we discussed in class(Gate of Flesh, A Page of Madness, Rashomon, Under the Flag of Rising Sun, House, and The Funeral) and an idea that it expresses (mental illness, social outcasts, historical revisionism, U.S. militarism, etc.—you can choose) and have a conversation with this imaginary person. Tell them what the film is about (without going into too much summary—you’re meant to convince this person to watch the film, after all) and what the basic idea is. Explain how you understand it and what you learned about cinema in Japan as it relates to this idea. Be concrete and specific and give details. The film can be a case for the idea that you are talking about. Why should this imaginary person care about the idea? Why do you care about the idea? What, if anything, from your life experience allows you to bring an important and unique insight into understanding it? You’re welcome to tell us stories, anecdotes, or bring in other historical examples. What, if anything, does the study of Japanese cinema contribute to a general understanding of how film, as a cultural product, gives insights into how culture operates?

Essay should have a title. MLA format.

All PPTs below includes definitions of the Keywords and some films explaination.

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