Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

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During the 1960s and early 1970s, Japanese avant-garde filmmakers intensely explored the shifting role of the image in political activism and media events. Known as the "season of politics," the era was filled with widely covered dramatic events from hijackings and hostage crises to student protests. This season of politics was, Yuriko Furuhata argues, the season of image politics. Well-known directors, including Oshima Nagisa, Matsumoto Toshio, Wakamatsu Kōji, and Adachi Masao, appropriated the sensationalized media coverage of current events, turning news stories into material for timely critique and intermedial experimentation. Cinema of Actuality analyzes Japanese avant-garde filmmakers' struggle to radicalize cinema in light of the intensifying politics of spectacle and a rapidly changing media environment, one that was increasingly dominated by television. Furuhata demonstrates how avant-garde filmmaking intersected with media history, and how sophisticated debates about film theory emerged out of dialogues with photography, television, and other visual arts.

Product Details

  • Series: Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (September 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822355043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822355045
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces

Customer Reviews


 on November 19, 2016
By Seagaia
Loved this, each chapter was full of lots of interesting ideas that I think are still applicable to art-making today. The writing is clear and easy to understand and there are tons of notes and references for further reading of journals and films from the 60s/70s. Hope to see more from Furuhata! Definitely check this one out if you’re looking for some good writing on Avant-Garde Japanese Film. The ideas of remediation and how the different artists used these ideas into their films feels applicable nowadays in a world of endless and confusing images and videos.

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