Category: Film Studies

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Roars and Recuts: A Comparative Analysis of Japanese and American Versions of Godzilla 1954-1962

This presentation explains how various American distribution companies rebranded the first three Japanese films about Godzilla. I propose these examples offer a unique meeting ground between two film industries and their narrative norms. By textual and industrial analysis with examination of marketing, I reveal the extensive modifications of all three films were done pragmatically. American

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Kissing Scenes in the Representation of Family in Post-war Japanese Films

Yasujiro Ozu and Mikio Naruse are well-known Japanese filmmakers who depict the “everyday life” (nichijo in Japanese) of family in the post-war period. Their ways of presenting “everyday life” are characterized by the exclusion of violent and sexual expressions. However, exceptionally, there are kissing scenes in their films and they form unusual expressions. Focusing on

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Droids and Peasants: Akira Kurosawa’s Thematic Influence on the Star Wars Saga

Following the international success of Rashomon (1950) and Seven Samurai (1954), Akira Kurosawa’s films came to exemplify Japanese cinema to western cinemagoers and had ‘a significant influence on many international auteurs and genres’ (Russell 2011). Most famously, George Lucas admits to basing the storyline for the original Star Wars (1977) upon The Hidden Fortress (1958),

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Strength Through Poetry as We Regain Our Balance in the Cinematic COVID Aftermath

Drawing on aforementioned Seamus Heaney and his symbolic reference to a great sea change or tidal wave indicating that a new chapter is about to begin, and “The City” by contemporary writer Ted Hughes ̶ where a life is read like a poem and in fictional dark [Parisian] city centres the writer roams “my own