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The Attractive EmpireTransnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan$
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Michael Baskett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831639

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831639.001.0001

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From Film Colony to Film Sphere

From Film Colony to Film Sphere

(p.13) Chapter One From Film Colony to Film Sphere
The Attractive Empire

Michael Baskett

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter traces the development of film institutions within the formal colonies of Taiwan and Korea and its extension to the semicolonial film market of Manchuria. It examines how legislation, production, exhibition, and reception conditions differed in each territory and considers salient shifts in official and popular perceptions by Japanese film journalists and filmmakers. It considers the ways in which the colonial government used film education programs to assimilate indigenous Taiwanese populations while combating the undermining influence of Chinese films. It also explores the role of colonial film censorship in the struggle to maintain social order in Korea, along with popular Japanese perceptions of the Korean film industry in the domestic Japanese market. Finally, it analyzes the film Vow in the Desert (Nessa no chikai, 1940) and how ideology shifted away from organized institutional concepts of Japanese empire to the more indeterminate idea of the Greater East Asian Film Sphere.

Keywords:   film industry, Taiwan, Korea, Manchuria, Japanese film, film education programs, film censorship, Vow in the Desert, Japanese empire, Greater East Asian Film Sphere

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