Japanese Film Workshop is Back!

Naoki Yamamoto naokiya at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 05:03:53 EST 2010

Dear KineJapaners,

Please join us for the next meeting of the Japanese Film Workshop on  
Thursday, February 25, from 7 to 9PM, at Meiji Gakuin University,  
Shirokane Campus. PLEASE BE SURE that the venue has changed to *room  
7418* on the 4th floor of the Hepburn hall (a tall building standing  
next to the main building). The Japanese Film Workshop is open to all,  
and directions from stations and the campus map are attached below as  
a PDF file.

"On Nudity, Somewhere"
Jonathan M. Hall
Assistant Professor, Pomona College
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Meiji Gakuin University

Iimura Takahiko’s short film “On Eye Rape” (1962) includes what the  
experimental director calls “subliminal shots against censorship.” As  
this curious structure (the invisible exposition of an exposed  
invisibility) reminds us, some sexual phantasies take their shape in  
not being able to see or in remaining unseen. Moving between film,  
photography, and flipbooks, this presentation considers the visual  
logic of publicly visible sex in a series of Japanese avant-garde  
visual works with especial concern for the concept of sexual  
anonymity. In considering heterosexual and homosexual sex through the  
scopic regime of “the invisible hand,” I hope to provide some initial  
answers to interrelated questions: how does visual exposure sustain or  
betray the concept of sexual anonymity? how have Japanese avant-garde  
works figured heterosexual and homosexual nudity differently? at what  
points do the scopic and corporeal regimes of heterosexual and  
homosexual nudity coalesce? and does sex need to be visible for it to  
be public? The works considered are all by male creators and range  
from the early 1960s to now. I address Iimura’s Ai (Love) (1962),  
Donald Richie’s Dead Boy (1967) and Cybele (1968), Yoshiyuki Kohei’s  
The Park (1980), and Takano Ryudai’s Parapara: Maria—Toshihisa (2009).

For more information, please contact: naoki.yamamoto at yale.edu

Naoki Yamamoto (Coordinator)
PhD Candidate
East Asian Languages and Literatures/ Film Studies
Yale University

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