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From Tourist´s Journey to Heroe´s Journey: Cinematic Mimesis of Tourist Narrative

Centeno, Marcos (2017) 'From Tourist´s Journey to Heroe´s Journey: Cinematic Mimesis of Tourist Narrative.' MIRAI Japanese Studies (1). (Forthcoming)

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The aim of this paper is analysing how the touristic image of Spain has been created throughout print and television advertising and how this discourse has been adopted cinematographically in the film Andarushia Megami no Hōfuku (Hiroshi Nishitani, 2011). It must be taken into account that the studied imagery of Spain is necessarily restricted as it has been designed with a specific intention: persuading and astonishing Japanese audience by selecting elements from Spanish society, culture or history, which are not explained but used to produce an otherness effect. Thus, determining which the role of stereotypes and exoticism as an advertising strategy has been is the axis of this research. Apparently, far from delving into the socio-economic problems of the country, its cultural plurality and its identity contradictions, Spain is presented as a bucolic set composed by carefully selected elements in order to strengthen a decontextualized image, separated from its social reality. Once these elements has been identified, the aim is observing how they have been cinematically adapted, transforming the tourist’s journey into an epic journey. At last, this is an attempt to highlight how the mimesis of tourist and hero can contribute to the better understanding of the mechanisms of identification as tourist’s (Japanese) daydreams and fantasies are sublimated by main characters’ actions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Andarushia, Japanese cinema, Andalusia, film and tourism.
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Film Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea
Subjects: N Fine Arts
Depositing User: Marcos Centeno
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 10:15
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/24111


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