Films that depict the occupation of Japan, made afterwards

Sinobad, Zoran zsin at
Wed Sep 8 13:13:18 EDT 2010

This will be shown as part of the series "Elegant Elegies: The Films of Masahiro Shinoda" at the upcoming New York Film Festival (< >).

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Subject: Re: Films that depict the occupation of Japan, made afterwards

There is also Setouchi shônen yakyû dan (1984), released in English as MacArthur's Children (no kidding).  Definitely worth a look.


On 07/09/10 3:04 PM, "Aaron Gerow" <aaron.gerow at> wrote:

Kinoshita Keisuke's Nihon no higeki, which was made right after the Occupation in 1953, concertedly places its hahamono story in history and uses lots of newsreel footage, as well as "flashbacks" of Occupation hardships, to do that. In the newsreel-like footage, there are shots of American soldiers, including a pretty powerful one of American soldiers cavorting with "panpan" girls. I haven't seen many images like that in 1950s cinema.

Kobayashi Masaki's Kuroi kawa from 1956 has many images of American soldiers, though I don't recall if any of them were specifically set in the Occupation.

I think a lot of films in the yakuza or action genres, especially ones with a historical bent like Fukasaku's Jinginaki tatakai, will depict aspects of the Occupation, including American soldiers.

Aaron Gerow
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Assistant Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures Yale University

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