Globalization of Film Finance

Yoshiharu Tezuka

in Japanese Cinema Goes Global

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083329
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209282 | DOI:
Globalization of Film Finance

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In the later twentieth century, winning prizes in global film festivals became a focus of production effort and financing motivation, with many filmmakers and financing agents articulating their national differences from the West while seeking integration through direct investment in Western film industries, sometimes by disarticulating Japan's purported cultural “uniqueness” and contributing to the conglomerization of US and European media and film industries. Meanwhile, Japan's domestic markets were gradually opening to more Western products and symbols. Case studies in this chapter include interviews with younger generation filmmakers who started their careers after the demise of the Japanese studio production system, and who played key parts in the globalization of Japanese film finance.

Keywords: finance; media; conglomerates; mini-theatres; alternative cinema

Chapter.  13952 words. 

Subjects: Film

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