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Japanese New Wave: Gender / Politics

Japanese New Wave: Gender / Politics
The Japanese New Wave was one of the most audacious film movements changing the shape of cinema in the decades after World War II. Less a formal movement than a collection of directors pushing boundaries in both style and content, the Japanese New Wave started within a rigid studio system as a way to attract new, younger audiences before shifting towards independent productions as directors were either forced out of or never allowed into the system.

The films in various ways rejected aspects of classical Japanese and modern approaches to cinema, combining formal experimentation with critical engagements with Japanese history, society, and culture.

In this course we will focus on films from the Japanese New Wave that engage with gender and/or politics: Imamura’s entomological portrait of a woman’s struggles through 20th century Japan, Oshima’s critique of the Japanese treatment of Koreans, and Matsumoto’s genderqueer hybrid cult classic.

5/6: The Insect Woman (1963, 123 min)
5/13: Diary of Yunbogi (1965, 24 min) + Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968, 80 min)
5/20: Death by Hanging (1968, 118 min)
5/27: Funeral Parade of Roses (1969, 105 min)

This class will be taught by MMU Instructor Jordan Sudermann, who teaches IB Film and various social science courses at Lincoln High School. His interests in film include post-war European art cinema, East Asian cinemas, and queer cinemas.
Films will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will begin on Monday evening, May 6th, and be held each Monday through the 27th, at 6:30pm.
Class size will be limited to 18.
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In general, the Hollywood Theatre does not provide content advisories about the subject matter shown in our theatre. Films exhibited don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Hollywood Theatre. Information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media and