Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Tanaka Kinuyo: Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

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Overview

Bringing together a range of Japanese and western scholars, this is the first book in English dedicated to the actress and director Tanaka Kinuyo. Praised as amongst the greatest actors in the history of Japanese cinema, Tanaka's career spanned the industrial development of cinema - from silent to sound, monochrome to colour. Alongside featuring in films by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa, Tanaka was also the only Japanese woman filmmaker between 1953 and 1962, and her films tackled distinctly feminine topics such as prostitution and breast cancer. Her career overlapped with a transformative period in Japanese history, and this close analysis of her fascinating life and work offers new perspectives, subjectivities and modes of analysis for the classical era of Japanese cinema.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474409698
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2018
Series: Edinburgh Studies in East Asian Film
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Irene Gonz lez-L pez is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre at Kingston University (London).

Michael Smith was awarded his PhD from University of Leeds in 2013.

Table of Contents

Preface; Furukawa Kaoru
Introduction: Onna Monogatari; Irene Gonz lez-L pez and Michael Smith
1. Dancer, Doctor, Virgin, Wife: Tanaka Kinuyo's Early Star Image; Lauri Kitsnik
2. Meetings and Partings: How Tanaka's Films End; Alexander Jacoby
3. Tanaka and Mizoguchi: Politics and Rebellion in the Early Postwar Era; Michael Smith
4. The First Female Gaze at Postwar Japanese Women: Tanaka Kinuyo Film Director; Irene Gonz lez-L pez and Ashida Mayu
5. Kinuyo and Sumie: When Women Write and Direct; Ayako Saito
6. Female Authorship, Subjectiviy and Colonial Memory in Tanaka Kinuyo's The Wandering Princess (1960); Alejandra Armend riz-Hern ndez
7. Panpan Girls, Lesbians and Postwar Women's Communitites: Girls of Dark (1961) as Women's Cinema; Yuka Kanno

What People are Saying About This

This collection provides a valuable overview of Tanaka Kinuyo’s long and prolific career as an actress and director. While Tanaka took on the roles of some of the most iconic figures in Japanese cinema, she also embodied many of the deep contradictions around women’s status in a rapidly changing society. These authors brilliantly demonstrate how Tanaka overcame multiple challenges to direct her own powerful films about men and women in the unfixed landscape of postwar Japan.

Professor Catherine Russell

This collection provides a valuable overview of Tanaka Kinuyo’s long and prolific career as an actress and director. While Tanaka took on the roles of some of the most iconic figures in Japanese cinema, she also embodied many of the deep contradictions around women’s status in a rapidly changing society. These authors brilliantly demonstrate how Tanaka overcame multiple challenges to direct her own powerful films about men and women in the unfixed landscape of postwar Japan.

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