COMP 153
Japanese Film Fall 2023
Division I
Cross-listed ASIA 153
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From the swashbuckling samurai films of Kurosawa and delicate family dramas of Ozu to edgy cinematic experiments and a breathtaking range of animation, Japan has one of the most varied and exciting film traditions in the world. This course will introduce you to major periods, genres, and directors in that tradition. We will read film criticism that represents a range of approaches, but we’ll focus particularly on learning and practicing the kind of close visual analysis that will allow you to build your own original descriptions of how a given scene “works.” Throughout the course we will consider the relationship between classic cinema and popular genres like sword flicks, melodramas, psychological thrillers, and anime, focusing particularly on directors whose work seems to borrow equally from genre film and the artistic avant-garde. All texts are translated or subtitled. All levels welcome.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 25
Class#: 1546
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance & participation, a few short response assignments, two 5-page papers, in-class test
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: comparative literature majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 153 Division I ASIA 153 Division I
Attributes: FMST Core Courses

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