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Nippon ModernJapanese Cinema of the 1920s and 1930s$
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Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831820

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831820.001.0001

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The Creation of Modern Space

The Creation of Modern Space

(p.15) Chapter 1 The Creation of Modern Space
Nippon Modern

Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the cinema’s ability to articulate the spatial disruptions of modernity. It considers how urban space became Japanese cinema’s crucial iconography, one that expressed the contradictory impulses of Japanese modernity toward rationality and the equality of classes, as well as insufficiency and displacement. The chapter examines the intertextual links between the social project of Tokyo’s development and actual film texts and the ways in which a cinematic version of reconfigured space redefined urban dwellers as middle class in order to both manage the increased population and address a mass audience. Two central spaces for the urban middle class, “hometown” and “domestic space,” are discussed through analyses of films such as Izu Dancer (Izu no odoriko, 1933) and Everynight Dreams (Yogoto no yume, 1933).

Keywords:   urban space, Japanese cinema, Japanese modernity, Tokyo, urban dwellers, urban middle class, hometown, domestic space, Izu Dancer, Everynight Dreams

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