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Centeno, Marcos (2016) 'Transcultural Corporeity in Taiyozoku Youth Cinema. Some Notes on the Contradictions of Japaneseness in the Economic Miracle.' In: Becker, Andreas and Adachi-Rabe, Kayo, (eds.), Presentation of Bodies in Japanese Films / Körperinszenierungen im japanischen Film. Darmstadt: Büchner-Verlag, pp. 143-160.

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Japanese visual culture offers countless examples of mutable corporeity and metamorphosis processes, which often imply internal as well as external changes in characters, with which the Japanese notion of “body” (shintai) certainly acquires distinct connotations when compared to the fixed sense of the European one (soma). This essay deals with the physiological and symbolic transformations of the body as represented in the teen cinema stemming from the so-called taiyōzoku (literary tribe of the Sun) phenomenon of summer 1956. It tries to describe processes of body westernization, the new gender role and the function of physical and pseudo-phantasmagorical bodies on the screen. The text focuses on the two earliest films of the genre, Season of the Sun (Taiyō no kisetsu, Takumi Furukawa, 1956) and Crazed Fruit (Kurutta kajitsu, Ko Nakahira, 1956) but also provides a context with references to the following youth cinema of the late fifties. The analysis deals recent discussions and also updates those which took place in Japan at that time.

Item Type: Book Chapters
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
Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS Japan Research Centre
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISBN: 9783941310735
Date Deposited: 21 May 2017 16:07

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