Film series: Japanese Cinema Survey

Student working on film projector

image from the film SPIRITED AWAY (© 2001 Studio Ghibli - NDDTM)

image from Miyazaki’s film SPIRITED AWAY (© 2001 Studio Ghibli - NDDTM)

Screening in conjunction with the course Introduction to Japanese Film, taught by Andrew Campana (Asian Studies), this short survey of Japanese cinema contextualizes the production and themes of Japanese film and explores the connections between film and other media in modern and contemporary Japan. Featuring introductions by Assistant Professor Andrew Campana on Thursday nights, the series includes experimental troublemaker Toshio Matsumoto (Funeral Parade of Roses), cult animator Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress), and Studio Ghibli’s fantastical Spirited Away.

Additionally, Cornell Cinema presents the Ithaca premiere of Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s (Drive My Car) acclaimed new film Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy as part of its Virtual Cinema offerings, starting on January 26.

For yet more Japanese film, Cornell Cinema is hosting a deeper dive into Satoshi Kon with the series Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, featuring three of his daring animated features and a new documentary about the filmmaker. 

Related films

image from the film Spirited Away

Spirited Away

image from the film Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (on demand Jan 26–Feb 6)

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (on demand Jan 26–Feb 6)

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