Shibata G: Filmmaker of a Hybrid Japan

Abstract

Shibata Go� is a Japanese contemporary independent filmmaker. He made only a few movies and yet unfairly unknown. Until recently, attention was paid only to his second long-movie, Late Bloomer (Osoi Hito) in 2003 from some independent reviews like 'The Midnight Eye' However, his first film, NN891102 (1999), which is also the work from his period of study, exposes an inspired artist upsetting logics of tradition and modernity. Like many others intellectuals, artists and filmmakers, Shibata's works reflect some specific concerns related to Japan. In which way, does Shibata highlight some of these concerns? An answer is closely associated to the thematic area of the hybrid being, a common notion of unstable identity related to modern Japan that Shibata shares with filmmakers such as Tsukamoto Shinya but each one in his very specific way. Such a figure emphasizes the unstable identity of the Japanese individual resulted from the war, the defeat and the modernization of the country at the cost of the traditional roots. In order to analyze the multiple aspects of this figure, this presentation will especially focus on the very rich but very little-known NN891102, which will provide two significant ways of studying. First, the problematic of forgetting through a man without identity, without history as well as the country dispossessed of its own History. Second, the question of the individual who sees himself as a stranger with the body of a stranger, involving the process of doubling and projection within the unstable body of the movie itself.



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Maxime Boyer-Degoul, Universit_ Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

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Conference: IICJ2016
Stream: Japanese Culture and Media

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