Film schools & Economic Necessity
Mon Jun 16 11:33:29 EDT 2008
Thank you very much! This is all really excellent, interesting, and very helpful information.
I have been wondering for three years just where "Who's Camus" was filmed. When I found out that Yanagimachi was involved with Waseda, I wondered how Waseda had gotten to look so terrific, and whether it might be some new sub-campus I didn't know about. More recently I read that it was shot at Tokyo Univ., and once again I wondered exactly where it could be there. Now I know, thanks to you, and I can let my students know this Fall. Some will surely decide that they'd like to go there for study abroad.
When I was growing up in Japan, I would see occasional US films set on university campuses, and the campuses always seemed to be all beautiful red brick buildings surrounded by enormous perfect green lawns. I eventually came to be more and more certain that it was always the same US campus. And it seems from your posting that it is the same with Rikkyo as a university film setting in Japan.
It would be very interesting to find out if if anyone has done, is doing, or will be doing, a study on the economic aspects of the lives of film makers and performers in Japan, especially independents, as opposed to the economics of the film industry there in general. I think "The Flash of Capital" by Eric Cazdyn is more a historical-materialist analysis of the industry, but I may be mistaken. Hopefully there's much more material out there with this focus that I don't know about yet.
----- Original Message -----
From: Aaron Gerow <aaron.gerow at yale.edu>
Date: Monday, June 16, 2008 8:26 am
Subject: Re: Film schools
> > At times I've seen such online biographies, which simply focus
> > film titles, leaving me wondering what people do/have done in
> Well, it is not just a question of "in between." The fact is that
> most directors in Japan cannot live just by what they make by
> directing, so many do other things including teaching. When
> san got the professorship at Rikkyo, I was happy if only because
> was now going to be getting a regular income!
> > In the case of Yanagimachi, for instance, the readily available
> > information online shows a 10-year hiatus between his 1995
> > Pao-jiang-hu and 2005 Who's Camus, without mentioning that he
> > teaching at Waseda and doing other things during that time. The
> > Waseda information also helps in understanding Who's Camus, and
> > possible autobiographical elements.
> The curious thing is that Camus was actually shot at Rikkyo.
> it, I kept on remembering other films shot there, from the student
> films of Kurosawa and Aoyama to Sumo Do Sumo Don't.
> > Even though I know he was teaching at Waseda, I still don't know
> > exactly what sort of film program Waseda has, and who else may
> > on the film faculty there, or even whether Yanagimachi is still
> > teaching there now.
> Filmmaking was mostly taught in the Daini Bungakubu at Waseda, but
> with the Bungakubu being restructured, I think it has now mostly
> shifted to the Geijutsu Gakko. I know Koguchi Utako has been
> Aaron Gerow
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