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Problems Of Communication, Identity, And Gendered Social Construction In Contemporary Japanese Cinema: The Look And The Voice

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This chapter discusses the issue of gender as a factor in identity formation, and suggests that in the context of Japanese cinema, 'gender' is often understood as a device to maintain the privilege of masculin-ist hegemony. It is not about gender in Japan but rather about the presentation of gender and its relationship to identity-possible or impossible-based on cinema's reflection or critique of social norms. In order to demonstrate that Japanese filmmakers are often complicit in an implicit denial of female freedom in identity formation, the author structures the chapter around an example from a female director?Kawase Naomi?and focuses on her film, Sharasojyu (Shara, 2003). Sharasojyu as a film presents a very interesting use of ?voice?? that is, while one of the principle issues which the author explores in the chapter is the limitation of women?s ability to speak, to formulate a ?message? independently.

Keywords: gendered social construction; Japanese cinema; Kawase Naomi; Sharasojyu

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