Transcultural Asian Cinemas & Transcultural Cinema Forum 2022

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: VMC
Term: Fall

Teacher: Mitsuyo WADA-MARCIANO

Course Code: JK19002

This course examines contemporary East Asian cinemas’ transnational current at various levels of industry, genre, filmic style, and global commodification.

Despite Hollywood cinema’s historical dominance of the global cinema market, the ways in which cinema is disseminated have never been monolithic. Such cultural traffic has occurred through negotiations among locales, regions, and nations, across Asian countries,
including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea, and with Hollywood as well.

This 2-month intensive course, cosponsered with Transcultural Cinema Forum, scrutinizes the dynamic between the global and the local by focusing on those East Asian cinemas’ strategies towards globalization and regionalization. The course has been constructed in multiple sections, investigating transcultural aspects in cinema with specific topics, such as “Children of the World (1940): Jewish Filmmakers in Exile in Occupied Shanghai, 1939-1945,” “When Currents Collide: Chinese Independent Cinema and Japan.”

This course is designed for all students who are interested in screen culture in Asia and other areas. Attending lectures, which will be held on Tuesdays in class, is mandatory in order to discuss both films and reading assignments during the classes. Due to the Covid-19, students reside outside Japan might need to participate via zoom (the zoom information will be provided later).


Course Information

Module: Research 1-3
CATS Requirements: BA 4th. year or above

Day/Period: Tue/4-5
Location: Sem. 11
Credits: 2


Course Goals

This class will give students the tools to map the current state of East Asian cinema and “transculturality” conformed among them, and to develop their original, compelling ideas on those films. All students will strengthen their ability to communicate clearly and make persuasive arguments orally and in writing. We will discuss various films from the PRC, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan, and students will be assigned to see films outside a classroom due to the limitation of class hours.

By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to:
・draw on concepts from Film Studies to analyze a film’s narrative and form, not just its content
・expand knowledge of issues in Asian and transnational cinemas, and apply critical frameworks, film theories, and historiographical approaches
・make original arguments and support them with evidence and a logical chain of reasoning
・communicate their ideas clearly in writing, discussions, and oral presentations

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on attendance + participation 25%, essay assignment 20%, presentation on your final essay topic 15%, and final essay 30%.