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The Attractive Empire: Transnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan

Michael Baskett


Japanese film crews were shooting feature-length movies in China nearly three decades before Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) reputedly put Japan on the international film map. Although few would readily associate the Japanese film industry with either imperialism or the domination of world markets, the country's film culture developed in lockstep with its empire, which, at its peak in 1943, included territories from the Aleutians to Australia and from Midway Island to India. With each military victory, Japanese film culture's sphere of influence expanded deeper into Asia, first clashing with ... More

Keywords: international film, Japanese film, Japanese film industry, Japanese film culture, Japanese imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831639
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Baskett, author
University of Kansas