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Patterns of Japanese War Memory as Depicted in Postwar Japanese War Films
September 25, 2014 - 12:15-13:15
East Asian Lunch Seminar: in his talk, Dick Stegewerns, will focus on the Patterns of Japanese War Memory as Depicted in Postwar Japanese War Films.
During the allied occupation of Japan a strong regime of media control was in force, under which the Japanese film world was directed to make films dealing with the wartime period in a way that was in line with the American interpretation of a ‘Pacific War’ and the verdict of the Tokyo Tribunal. However, no sooner had the occupation forces left the country or the battle for the collective war memory of the Japanese people flared up. Films by leftist directors focusing on the grimness and cruelty of the war continued to be made, but they found a formidable foe in production companies such as Shin-Toho which started to portray the war in a more positive manner. In this lecture I will analyze the main themes and settings, and the historical background of this body of post-occupation Japanese re-enactments of the Second World War, and will trace continuities and changes with Japanese war films of the last ten years.
Dick Stegewerns is associate professor at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.
The seminar is open for everybody: students, teachers and people from society at large. Bring your lunchbox.
Venue: 12th floor, Niels Treschows hus, University of Oslo