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JAPA245 Modern Japanese Film

Japanese film is studied as a window into some aspects of Japanese culture, such as war, peace, family, society, tradition, gender, aesthetics, morals, and values.

Postwar Japanese films and anime, such as works produced by Kurosawa, Ozu and Miyazaki, have been a source not only for an illuminating insight into the world, but also for new cultural phenomena and entertainment businesses in the global marketplace. Throughout the paper, we analyse the diverse and complicated picture of modern Japan, which has always been transnational and transcultural. No knowledge of Japanese is required. All lectures, readings and films are offered in English or with English subtitles; texts in Japanese are optional.

Paper title Modern Japanese Film
Paper code JAPA245
Subject Japanese
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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36 points
JAPA 345, JAPA 303
Schedule C
Arts and Music
All lectures, films and readings are offered in English or English subtitles; texts in Japanese are optional.
Teaching staff
Assoc Prof Roy Starrs
All reading assignments are placed on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of visual representations of postwar Japanese society in the broader transnational contexts
  • Articulate your opinions clearly and logically with confidence, both in written and oral forms.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
S1 Monday 17:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41