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Japanese Cinema in the Digital Age$
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Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835941

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835941.001.0001

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Digital Authenticity

Digital Authenticity

(p.51) 2 Digital Authenticity
Japanese Cinema in the Digital Age

Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how digital technology forges a documentary style in Japanese cinema, with particular emphasis on the significance of the new authenticity in the contemporary documentary. It considers a style of authenticity that is now prevalent in Japanese fiction films and documentaries, including personal documentaries, by focusing on three films: Kore'eda Hirokazu's Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai, 2004), Kawase Naomi's Tarachime (2006), and Tsuchiya Yutaka's The New God (Atarashii kamisama, 1999). It shows that all three films highlight the stylistic merging of fiction and documentary and express a sense of unstable actuality by playing with digital aesthetics and the idea of authenticity.

Keywords:   digital technology, Japanese cinema, authenticity, fiction films, documentaries, personal documentaries, Kore'eda Hirokazu, Kawase Naomi, Tsuchiya Yutaka, digital aesthetics

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