Welcome to Kinema Club

Welcome to the website of Kinema Club, a long-standing, international but informal group devoted to the study of Japanese moving image media. Kinema Club was started precisely to share knowledge about Japanese cinema, so this site serves both to introduce our activities, such as the KineJapan mailing list and our conferences and workshops, as well promote information and thinking about films, research, bibliography, and education.


Kinema Club XIII at Harvard

The 13th edition of the Kinema Club conference will take place at Harvard University on January 17–18, 2014. Click here for more information.

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The new Kinema Club website

Kinema Club, the website devoted to the study of Japanese moving image media, is moving! The preliminary version of the new site is already up with a new address:

    http://kinemaclub.org/

Thanks to the great support of Maureen Donovan, Kinema Club has been housed at Ohio State University since its inception in 1995. But with... Read more

CFP for Kinema Club XIII

The next Kinema Club conference will be held at Harvard on January 17, 2014. Proposals are due August 20, 2013. Check out the full call for papers here.

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Olo: The Boy from Tibet

Iwasa Hisaya and Olo: The Boy from Tibet

The important documentary and experimental filmmaker, Iwasa Hisaya, died on 4 May 2013. He was attending a screening of his most recent film, Olo: The Boy from Tibet, in Miyagi when he fell down the stairs of the inn and struck his head. He was 78.

Iwasa was one of a number of crucial postwar Japanese filmmakers who... Read more

Relocating Ozu Yasujiro

I made a quick trip to the United States - four days and three nights - to attend a quite stimulating conference entitled Relocating Ozu: The Question of an Asian Cinema Aesthetic, which was held February 19-20, 2010, at the University of California, Berkeley.

The usual ways to explore such a... Read more

Comparative Cultural Criticism

This course was created to provide an interdisciplinary alternative to traditional ways of studying other cultures. Since professor Andrew and I are both from the Film Department, we want particularly to investigate new ways of looking at Japanese cinema. The course material overlaps with or falls in between the established disciplines of Anthropology, History, Politics, Cultural Studies, and... Read more

Japanese Fiction and Film

Texts:

Burch, To the Distant Observer (California)

Desser, Eros plus Massacre (Indiana)

Nolletti and Desser, eds., Reframing Japanese Cinema (Indiana)

Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters (Grosset, Dunlap) *

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Japanese Film Theory and Criticism

 
Seminar in Japanese Image Culture

This course presumes no knowledge of film theory or criticism. Its goal is to bring us up to speed in existing critical discourse on cinema by reading core texts for class discussion and by presenting a brief resumé of an additional reading with handout in rotation [titles for the day are in square brackets in the schedule]. The... Read more

Japanese Cinema Survey (Thematical)

Goals of the Course:

I. To survey the history of the Japanese moving image, from its beginnings in one-shot actualities to the proliferation of video-based media.

II. To interrogate the relationship of history and photographic representation.

III. To conceptualize “nation,” “... Read more

Japanese Cinema Survey (Chronological)

Goals of the Course:

I. To survey the history of the Japanese moving image, from its beginnings in one-shot actualities to the proliferation of video-based media.

II. To interrogate the relationship of history and photographic representation.

III. To conceptualize “nation,” “nationalism” and “national cinema” in a country whose psychic and political... Read more

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