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Traveling Toward The Self In Japanese Film

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The road trip movie certainly has a valid place in a study of identity in film, and it also certainly has a valid and popular place in Japanese cinema. This chapter explores the ways in which the two dimensions of travel cohere in contemporary Japanese cinema, proposing, after Graburn and other scholars that travel does indeed function as a multi-faceted secular ritual as in the works of pre-modern writers, in the natural world, but rather within the urban space of the modern, westernised Japan. The author moves to cinematic examples of the genre, including Yamada Yōji’s Otoko wa tsurai yo, the first part of a popular and enduring series of films centred on an inveterate vagabond. The chapter explores two principal films, Vibrator (Hiroki Ryuichi, 2003), and Drive (Sabu , 2002).

Keywords: Japanese cinema; modern travel



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