The <i>Jidaigeki</i> Film <i>Twilight Samurai</i>—A Salaryman–Producer’s Point of View

Yamamoto Ichiro

in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema

Published in print January 2014 | ISBN: 9780199731664
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The Jidaigeki Film Twilight Samurai—A Salaryman–Producer’s Point of View

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This chapter discusses Yamada Yoji's 2002 jidaigeki film, Twilight Samurai, from a film producer's perspective in light of contemporary filmmaking in Japan. The current statuses of major film studios, major directors, actual filmmaking practices (scripts, location shootings, postproductions), distribution network, and domestic and international film festivals, among other things are meticulously analyzed based on the firsthand experience of the author.

Keywords: Jidaigeki; Japanese film industry; studio system; Shochiku; Kyoto; Yamada Yoji; film festival; long take

Article.  10120 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Film

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