ICAS Event: Kyoko Hirano on "Japanese Film Today"

Date
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
Venue
TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207 (Access)
Speaker
Kyoko Hirano
Moderator
Noriko Murai, Assistant Professor, Temple University, Japan Campus
Admission
Free. Open to general public.
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Outline

In 2006, box office receipts for Japanese films (108 billion yen) overtook imported films (95 billion yen) for the first time since 1985. This phenomenon took place again in 2008 (116 billion yen/79 billion yen) and in 2009 (117 billion yen/89 billion yen). We will examine why Japanese filmgoers began to prefer Japanese films, as well as what kind of films have been popular commercially and critically. We will also explore what kind of visions the filmmakers such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Koji Wakamatsu and Miwa Nishikawa want to express in their cinematic medium during the last few years.

About the Speaker

Kyoko Hirano received her B.A. in law from Waseda Unviersity, M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Tokyo, and Ph.D. in cinema studies from New York University. She was Film Curator of the Japan Society in New York from 1986 to 2004, then became a free-lance writer and independent scholar based in Tokyo and New York. She has published extensively mostly in Japanese and English, including Mr. Smith Goes To Tokyo: Japanese Cinema Under the American Occupation 1945-1952 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992), Tenno to seppun: Amerika senryoka no Nihon eiga ken'etsu (Soshi-sha, 1998), and Manhattan no Kurosawa: Eigo jimaku-ban wa arimasuka (Seiryu shuppan, 2006). Reciepient of the Yugoslav Governmental Scholarship, the Fulbright Fellowship, The Japan Foundation grants, Japan Film Pen Club Award and Kawakita Award, she has taught at NYU, the New Shool University, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Keio University, the University of Tokyo, Eiga Senmon Daigakuin Daigaku, and TUJ (since 2007, summer sessions), and has lectured in the US, Japan, Brazil, Macedonia and Portugal.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.


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