The Attractive Empire: Transnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan By Michael Baskett
English | 2008 | 216 Pages | ISBN: 0824831632 , 082483223X | PDF | 3 MB
Film played a crucial part in the promotion and expansion of the Japanese empire in Asia from the first motion picture screening in Japan in 1896 right through the end of the Pacifi c War in 1945. We do not usually associate Japan’s fi lm industry with either imperialism or the domination of world markets, and yet as early as 1905, Japanese cameramen were fi lming newsreels of the Russo-Japanese War in China for export around the world. Exotic thrillers like The Village at Twilight (Yuhi no mura, 1921) established Manchuria as a popular, accessible space to Japanese audiences a full decade before the Manchurian Incident.