Japanese Film and the Floating Mind

Cinematic Contemplations of Being


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About the Book

Japanese film is enduringly fascinating, challenging and rewarding. This book provides a cultural, historical and philosophical study of Japanese film, from the silent era to the present-day, focusing on its expansive consciousness. The author examines masterpieces by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Oshima and many other directors, discussing their influence on the Japanese culture of esoteric Zen Buddhism and relating them to recent neuroscientific theories of brain trauma.

About the Author(s)

Justin Vicari is an award-winning poet, essayist and film writer. He lives in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Justin Vicari
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 34 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6498-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2496-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: Japanese Film X 1

Introduction: Paradoxes of Perception: In a Ghostly Theater 6

Part One: Toward the Last Ontology

1. Moon in Water 23

2. The Broken Heart of Ontology 37

3. Anxieties of Change, Changing Anxieties 52

4. Extremisms 64

5. The Last Ontology 101

Part Two: The Floating World

6. Refugees of the Floating World 109

7. The Meanings of the Wound 127

Part Three: Emperor Worship

8. The Problem of Emperor Worship 147

9. Naruse: An Early and Enduring Critic of Emperor Worship 160

10. Ozu, After Surrender 166

11. “Just a memory”: The Figure of the Emperor in Postwar Melodrama 176

12. Three Films 186

Mizoguchi’s Women of the Night  186

Imamura’s Outlaw Matsuo Comes Home  188

Wakamatsu’s Caterpillar  192

Conclusion 197

Chapter Notes 205

Works Cited 215

Index 221