9780816649075

Forest of Pressure : Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary

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  • ISBN13:

    9780816649075

  • ISBN10:

    0816649073

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-02-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
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Summary

"Extraordinarily valuable, illuminating, and even entertaining, Forest of Pressurebrims with the types of information that only a key insider can get his hands on." -Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, New York University Ogawa Productions-known in Asia as Ogawa Pro-was an influential filmmaking collective that started in the 1960s under the direction of Ogawa Shinsuke (19361992). Between 1968 and the mid-1970s, Ogawa Pro electrified the Japanese student movement with its Sanrizuka documentary series-eight films chronicling the massive protests over the construction of the Narita airport-which has since become the standard against which documentaries are measured in Japan. A critical biography of a collective, Forest of Pressureexplores the emergence of socially committed documentary filmmaking in postwar Japan. Analyzing Ogawa Prors"s films and works by other Japanese filmmakers, Abeacute; Mark Nornes addresses key issues in documentary theory and practice, including individual and collective cinema production modes and the relationship between subject and object. Benefiting from unprecedented access to Ogawa Prors"s archives and interviews with former members, Forest of Pressureis an innovative look at the fate of political filmmaking in the wake of the movementrs"s demise. Abeacute; Mark Nornes is associate professor of screen arts and cultures and Asian languages and cultures at the University of Michigan. He is a coordinator at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and the author of Japanese Documentary Film: The Meiji Era through Hiroshima(Minnesota, 2003).

Author Biography

Abe Mark Nornes is associate professor at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Ogawa as Postwar Documentaristp. 1
Jieiso: Ogawa's First Collectivityp. 36
The Sanrizuka Seriesp. 54
Segue: From "Sanrizuka Ogawa Pro" to "Documentary Cinema Ogawa Pro"p. 128
The Magino Village Storyp. 178
After Ogawap. 221
Postscriptp. 267
Notesp. 279
Filmographyp. 289
Distribution Resourcesp. 301
Indexp. 305
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