Week Revolve Around Women Discussion And Final Pr

Week Revolve Around Women Discussion And Final Pr

Week Revolve Around Women Discussion And Final Pr

I. Weekly discussion.

    1. There is a lot of humor in Pigs and Battleships. Do you consider the film to be a comedy or a drama? Who is the hero of the film? What do you think the ending of the film means? Discuss these points, using examples from the film. Feel free to bring up other issues and themes you may find in the film. It is a rich film.

    2. Each of the three films we watched this week revolve around women. (Pigs and battleships, Rebellion, Tampopo). Discuss the role of women in these three films, using specific examples from the films. Feel free to also include other films we have seen in the course. Have you noticed any changes in the role of women in the films?

    3. Kore-eda is often compared to Ozu. Do you think this is a fair comparison? Are there other directors or films to which you can compare or contrast Shoplifters?

    4. Last week, we discussed the role of women in that week’s films. Women again play important roles in this week’s films. Discuss how the films this week treat women? Are they more traditional in the roles women play in the films or are there comments on the role of women in the more modern Japanese world?

    II. Final Project

    For the final project, you have the choice to write a 5-6 page paper or a create a short video essay or PowerPoint or other presentation on one of the following subjects:

    A Japanese director. Starting with a brief bio, discuss a major Japanese director, his films and his style. This can be a director whose work was seen in class. Watch at least two of the director’s films (not seen in class) and include a critical response to those films.

    A critical analysis of an important Japanese film. This should look into the production, critical response of the film as well as an examination of the film’s themes and visual style. The film should not be one assigned in this course.

    An examination of a Japanese genre (samurai, kaiju, shomin-geki, yakuza, anime) or theme (i.e. Women in Japanese films, WWII in Japanese films). Watch at least two films in the genre or theme (films not seen in class) and include a critical response to those films.

    If you chose to do a video essay or PowerPoint, it should be between 5 and 8 minutes, and should include a narration.