Reorienting Ozu

Reorienting Ozu : A Master and His Influence

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Considered by many film critics and scholars as a master of Japanese Cinema, director Ozu Yasujiro still inspires filmmakers both within and outside of Japan. With fifteen never before published chapters in English by contributors from North America, Europe, and Japan, Reorienting Ozu explores the Japanese director's oeuvre and his lasting impact on global art cinema. Exploring major theoretical frameworks that characterize Ozu studies, chapters consider the
various cultural factors that influenced the director's cinematic output, such as the anxiety of middleclass Japan in the 1930s, the censorship imposed by the US-occupation after World War II, and women's rights in Ozu's late work such as Tokyo Twilight (1957). Ultimately, chapters illuminate Ozu's influence
on the directors of Japan and beyond. With the recent restoration and re-release of Ozu's early and late films, this volume provides an opportunity to examine not only the auteur's major works but also the relationshipsboth cultural and aestheticthat are forged among directors across the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 157 x 234 x 21mm | 546g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019025498X
  • 9780190254988
  • 2,029,461

Table of contents

Jinhee Choi

Branding Ozu
1. Watch Again! Look Well! Look! David Bordwell
2. Ozu, The Ineffable Darrell W Davis
3. Ozu to Asia via Hasumi Aaron Gerow
4. A Dialogue with 'Memory' in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Cafe Lumiere - Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano
5. Ozuesque as a Sensibility: or On the notion of Influence Jinhee Choi

Historicizing Ozu
6. A New Form of Silent Cinema: Intertitles and Interlocutions in Ozu Yasujiro's Late Silent Films Michael Raine
7. Ozu and the Aesthetics of Shadow: Lighting and Cinematography in There Was a Father (Chichi ariki, 1942)Daisuke Miyao
8. Modernity, Shoshimin Films and the Proletarian-Film Movement: Ozu in Dialogue with Vertov Yuki Takinami
9. Laughing in the Shadows of Empire: Humor in Ozu's Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941) Junji Yoshida

Tracing Ozu
10. Autumn Afternoons: Negotiating the Ghost of Ozu in Iguchi Nami's Dogs and Cats - Adam Bingham
11. Playing the Holes: Notes on the Ozuesque Gags Manuel Garin & Albert Elduque
12. Rhythm, Texture, Moods: Ozu Yasujiro, Claire Denis and a Vision of a Post-colonial Aesthetic Kate Taylor-Jones
13. Wenders Travels with Ozu Mark Betz
14. Look? Optical / Sound Situations and Interpretation: Ozu - (Deleuze) - Kiarostami David Deamer
15. Sparse or Slow: Ozu and Joanna Hogg William Brown
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There will never be a definitive book on Ozu Yasujiro, and this impressive collection proves it. That's because the director's work is so wondrously complex - so baffling with cinematic riches - that the powerful analyses of these writers are revelatory while never giving the sense that anyone has had the last word. On the contrary, I expect this project to mark a new era in the endless study of Ozu. * Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian Cinema, University of Michigan * A timely intervention by an impressive array of scholars that recalibrates Ozu Yasujiross oeuvre and the notion of the Ozuesque sensibility for the globalised cinema world of the twenty-first century. * Isolde Standish, Emerita Reader in Film and Media studies, SOAS University of London * One of the many strengths of this collection is that it examines the concept taking into account both Ozu and his international influence. The book features an almost dizzying array of major scholars in the field. * David Desser, Chapman University, Monumenta Nipponica *
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About Jinhee Choi

Jinhee Choi is Reader in Film Studies at Kings College London
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