Films about occupation period
Fri Jan 12 05:40:32 EST 2001
TAKECHI Tetsuji's BLACK SNOW/ KUROI YUKI (1965) took a its central theme the
rape of a Japanese girl by a (black) American soldier.
From: Tom Mes [mailto:china_crisis at hotmail.com]
Sent: 12 January 2001 09:34
To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
Subject: Re: Films about occupation period
The first installment in Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honour and
Humanity (Jingi Naki Tatakai, 1973) series deals with the American
occupation of Japan and how that climate contributed to the development of
organized crime and the birth of contemporary yakuza.
A number of the main characters in one of Fukasaku's earliest films Greed In
Broad Daylight (I believe it's from 1968, but I forgot the Japanese title)
are American, including a black GI and a young woman who is half Japanese,
half black American. Even though the film itself is somewhat clumsy, the
dynamics between the Japanese and the American characters are very
interesting - much of it harking back to the occupation.
>From: "Lewis Saul" <lsaul at azstarnet.com>
>Reply-To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
>To: <KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu>
>Subject: Films about occupation period
>Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 01:20:52 -0800
>I just got Suzuki's "Gate of Flesh."
>Can anyone recommend any other films which deal with the US occupation?
>I understand that during the occupation itself, Japanese filmmakers were
>permitted to show any sign of it in their films -- though Kurosawa
>seems to suggest it strongly in One Wonderful Sunday and Stray Dog
>Thanks in advance for your comments.
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