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Michael Berry and Chiho Sawada

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851514

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851514.001.0001

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Under the Flag of the Rising Sun

Under the Flag of the Rising Sun

Imagining the Pacific War in the Japanese Cinema

(p.74) Chapter 4 Under the Flag of the Rising Sun
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David Desser

University of Hawai'i Press

“Under the Flag of the Rising Sun: Imagining the Pacific War in the Japanese Cinema” offers a survey of Japanese variations on the “World War II Combat Film” genre, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s, with close readings focused on war-themed films of the 1950s and 1960s: placing special attention on such titles as, Harp of Burma (1956), Fires on the Plain (1959), The Human Condition trilogy (1959-61), Hoodlum Soldier (1965), and Red Angel (1966). Among these essentially anti-war works, Desser discerns a duality or tension between representations of Japan as perpetrator and Japan as victim. The second half of his chapter scrutinizes cinematic representations of four recurring icons which have generated much debate: the Comfort Women issue, the Nanjing Massacre, Yasukuni Shrine, and the Atomic Bombs.

Keywords:   Japanese Cinema, war cinema, victim consciousness, denial, comfort women, Nanjing Massacre, Yasukuni Shrine, atomic bomb, anti-war films

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