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Tanaka Kinuyo

Nation, Stardom and Female Subjectivity

Edited by Michael Smith, Irene González-López

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The first book in English dedicated to the actor and director Tanaka Kinuyo

Praised as amongst the greatest actors in the history of Japanese cinema, Tanaka’s career spanned the industrial development of cinema – from silent to sound, monochrome to colour. Alongside featuring in films by Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa, Tanaka was also the only Japanese woman filmmaker between 1953 and 1962, and her films tackled distinctly feminine topics such as prostitution and breast cancer. Her career overlapped with a transformative period in Japanese history, and this close analysis of her fascinating life and work offers new perspectives, subjectivities and modes of analysis for the classical era of Japanese cinema.

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Contents

Preface; Furukawa Kaoru
Introduction: Onna Monogatari; Irene González-López and Michael Smith
1. Dancer, Doctor, Virgin, Wife: Tanaka Kinuyo’s Early Star Image; Lauri Kitsnik
2. Meetings and Partings: How Tanaka's Films End; Alexander Jacoby
3. Tanaka and Mizoguchi: Politics and Rebellion in the Early Postwar Era; Michael Smith
4. The First Female Gaze at Postwar Japanese Women: Tanaka Kinuyo Film Director; Irene González-López and Ashida Mayu
5. Kinuyo and Sumie: When Women Write and Direct; Ayako Saito
6. Female Authorship, Subjectiviy and Colonial Memory in Tanaka Kinuyo’s The Wandering Princess (1960); Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández
7. Panpan Girls, Lesbians and Postwar Women’s Communitites: Girls of Dark (1961) as Women’s Cinema; Yuka Kanno

About the Author

Michael Smith was awarded his PhD from University of Leeds in 2013. His research looked at the representation of women in early postwar Japanese cinema, particularly focusing on how the key political and social issues of the period affected their onscreen portrayal. Michael’s main research interests are Classical-era Japanese cinema, women directors and 1990s American independent cinema.

Irene González-López is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston University (London). Irene’s research interests are Cinema, Gender Studies, Popular Visual Culture, and Stardom. In addition, she is a translator and has worked with several film festivals in Japan and Europe.

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