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731: Two Versions of Hell
Version 1: The doorway to hell (15 min.) -- Version 2: War is hell (12 min.) Documentary about Unit 731, Japan's secret World War II biological and chemical weapons facility in the Chinese town of Harbin where biological weapons were developed during the Japanese Occupation. The film uses the same footage as seen from two points of view. The first half gives the perspective of the Chinese government and describes the horrors and atrocities that occurred during World War II at the facility. The second half, using almost the exact same footage, describes Unit 731 from the Japanese revisionist perspective which is largely supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan. Although its cruel experiments on living people produced thousands of casualties, this activity is still denied by a number of Japanese historians and politicians. A film by James T. Hong. 2007. DVD X351

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The African American Experience in Japan (Funto to seiko: Afurikan Amerikan no Nihon keiken)
Despite the perception of racism in Japan against African Americans some have made Japan their home and profess to find Japanese culture overall more tolerant than American culture. This documentary examines the complex relationships of African Americans with Japanese people and culture as experienced by several Black Americans living as foreigners in Japan. 1993. 85 min. Video/C 8831

The Aroma of Enchantment.
The Aroma of Enchantment is a video essay investigating the fascination Japanese teenagers have for the America of the 1950s and '60s, sporting bobby socks and hair soaked with Brylcreem. Weaving together historical anecdotes about General Douglas MacArthur and his own feelings of alienation in the midst of Japanese culture, Lord focuses on stories told by collectors of American memorabilia in Japan and advocates of Americanization. The tape is at turns funny and wistful as it attempts to come to terms with issues of cultural displacement and Western cultural influence in the 1990s. 1992. 55 min. DVD X1834; vhs Video/C 4125

The Art of Kabuki.
This program provides an introduction to the 400-year-old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its literary sources, and the meaning of its symbolism. The program shows the rehearsal, preparation of costume and wigs, and the performance of the Kabuki play. 1992. 35 min. Video/C 3029

Asia Rising, 1951. (People's Century, 1997.)
Japan began the slow painful process of reconstruction after World War II, while Korea, after the Korean War, was one of the poorest countries in the world. This program documents how Japan and Korea managed to rise above the strife of war to develop into world economic powers, setting the global pace for competition in the late 20th century. Video/C 6433

Aspects of the Kabuki Theater of Japan.
Introduces viewer to Kabuki, the popular traditional theater of Japan. Shows the application of makeup and several classic Kabuki performances. 1980. 12 min. Video/C 3246

The Bomb: February-September 1945. (World at War; 24).
On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber, the "Enola Gay" named after the mother of the pilot Paul Tibbetts, dropped the world's first uranium bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Four days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. 1945. 52 min. Video/C 1625

Presents the story of Bunraku, the Japanese puppet theater born in Osaka some 300 years ago, through two of its greatest masters, puppeteer Tamao Yoshida and chanter Sumitayu Takemoto. These two transform ancient tales of old Japan into vibrant human drama. Cameras go backstage to capture the immense preparations and grueling rehearsals for their rendition of the masterpiece Shinju Ten no Amijima. c2002. 53 min. Video/C 9433

Bunraku. Buyo.
Shows a performance of Bunraku, the puppet theater of Japan and Buyo, the ancient Kabuki classical dance. In Japanese. 1980. 70 min. Video/C 3837

Bunraku: Japan's Classic Puppet Theater.
Bunraku puppets are three-quarters life-sized, handled by black-clothed figures in plain view of the audience. This program features performances from two traditional Bunraku dramas and filmed scenes showing how the puppets are made and manipulated. 1973. 27 min. Video/C 7755

Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis.
Using contemporary footage of leading Butoh performers, this documentary presents the history of the development of butoh dance, interviews the creator of this Japanese modern dance form, Tatsumi Hijikata, and explores the cultural significance of the Butoh dance form in Japan. Narration in Japanese and English. 1990. 90 min. Video/C 2839

Campaign (Senkyo)
Can a candidate with no political experience and no charisma win an election if he is backed by the political giant Prime Minister Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party? This cinema-verite documentary closely follows a heated campaign in Kawasaki, Japan, revealing the inner-workings of the Japanese political machine. In the fall of 2005, 40-year-old, self-employed Kazuhiko "Yama-san" Yamauchi's peaceful, humdrum life was turned upside-down. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had suddenly chosen him as its official candidate to run for a vacant seat on the Kawasaki city council. Yama-san had zero experience in politics, no charisma, no supporters, no constituency, and no time to prepare for the impending election. Produced, directed and edited by Soda Kazuhiro. 1007 120 min. DVD 9249 (also available as 53 min. version DVD X371)

Classic Commercials of the Fifties and Sixties, v.25.
Includes the following Japanese commericals:

Classic Commercials of the Fifties and Sixties, volumes 25, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43.
Various TV advertisements from Japan. 1994. Video/C 3932

Culture and Decision making: Comparative Perspectives on Japan.
A seminar focusing on understanding the Japanese culture, with emphasis on Japanese mythology, as the basis of modern business decision-making. Stanford University, 1991. Video/C 2171:1-2

Devotion: A Story About Ogawa Productions
This documentary deals with the historical investigation of a post-war Japanese documentary filmmaking collective led by Ogawa Shinsuke, that made significant films of social struggle and village life. This documentary situates the revolutionary lifestyle and films of Ogawa Productions within the framework of the global student movement of the New Left in the mid 60s and the emerging documentary movement in Japan. Features interviews with members of the collective as well as directors Oshima Nagisa, Hara Kazuo, and Haneda Sumiko. In Japanese with English subtitles. c2000. 82 min. Video/C 7724

A Japanese No play in which a demon hides in a temple bell to be discovered and driven away by temple priests. In Japanese. 1980. 57 min. Video/C 3836

Doubles: Japan and America's Intercultural Children.
After World War II, despite orders forbidding it, fraternization between U.S. soldiers and Japanese women resulted in a number of children born in and out of wedlock. This film focuses on interview with American soldiers, Japanese women, and their biracial children thirty years after the Allies occupied Japan. Includes documentary footage of the allied occupation between 1945 and 1952. 1995. 59 min. Video/C 4072.

Dream Girls
Each year thousands of Japanese girls apply to enter the highly disciplined school for the Takarazuka Revue, the incredibly successful musical theater company where women play both male and female roles. This documentary presents a compelling look at this company and phenomenon, and a study on the interplay of gender and sexual identity in Japan today. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 7630

Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden.
Reveals the secrets of both classical and contemporary Japanese gardens and sheds light on the role of gardens in Japanese society today. 1992. 57 min. Video/C 3168

Eat the Kimono.
Film about iconoclastic performance artist Hanayagi Genshu and her clashes with Japanese cultural conventions and traditions. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 3351

Farm Song
Uses live action photography and cinema verite techniques to present a documentary on a family of rice farmers in rural, northeastern Japan over a one-year period. Explores how each member of the four-generation family comes to terms with his or her traditional role, with special emphasis on the role of the mother and daughter-in-law. 1978. 57 min. Video/C 9114

Fish is Our Life!
Focuses on the small businessmen-proprietors who work the 1,100 family-owned businesses at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo's largest wholesale fish market. With its many small wholesalers and its seven large auction houses, Tsukiji is a small city in itself, with its own unique culture, work hours, and traditions. The film captures the vitality and earthy humour of a variety of people who work in the market, and examines how they, like all Japanese, are increasingly affected by the global market economy and by changes in the larger Japanese culture. 1995? 28 min. Video/C MM732

Four Families.
Contents: [1] India and France.--[2] Japan and Canada. A comparison of child rearing practices in India, France, Japan, and Canada. Anthropologist Margaret Mead discusses how the upbringing of the child contributes to a distinctive national character. 1965. 59 min. Video/C 3449

The Fourth Dimension
A film by Trinh T. Minh-Ha. "An in-depth, incisive and insightful examination of Japan through its art, culture, and social rituals. With its lush imagery, Minh-ha's Japan is viewed through mobile frames, with doors and windows sliding shut, revealing new vistas as it blocks out the old light." 2001. 87 min. DVD X6713; Video/C 9223

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Freedom or Death. ( Riding the Tiger; 2.)
This program examines the period of Japanese rule in Indonesia. While the Japanese provided widespread fight a revolutionary war against the Dutch, the Japanese also created a widespread network of control and surveillance that still exists today. When the nationalist movement finally won independence from the Dutch, it was the Japanese trained army, not the poeple who ruled the nation. 1992. 55 min. Video/C 4591

Future Wave: Japan Design.
Discusses aesthetics and economics behind contemporary Japanese design. Film includes interviews with designers and corporate executives, with emphasis on the importance of corporate imagery in an overall markeging design. Also visits corporate design centers such a Sony, Sharp and Nissan and designers in fashion, furnishings and graphics. 1990. 57 min. Video/C 4936

Gaea Girls
This documentary follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young 'Gaea Girls,' a group of Japanese women wrestlers, living in a country where women are usually regarded as docile and subservient. 2000. 106 min. Video/C 9135

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Documents the institution of Geisha in Japan, a secretive sorority in high demand by members of Japan's wealthy elite. Called "entertainers," by some and "prostitutes," by others, this documentary shows the daily lives of Geisha women and trainees (Maiko), including their costumes, makeup, living arrangements, and performance in dance and music. Includes interviews with Geishas, Maikos, and clients. c1999. 51 min. Video/C 8365

Geisha (Die Dämmerung der Blumen)
Even today, the geisha epitomize the beauty of Japan's past. But theirs is a dying profession as the glare of Tokyo neon competes with the more mellow glow of Kyoto. Drawing on interviews with the world-renowned Mineko Iwasaki and other geisha and those who idolize them, this program places the geisha squarely in the context of contemporary Japan. In addition to background on the geisha mystique (the clothing, the makeup, the exhaustive training in the arts) the program dispels the distorted image of geisha as courtesans and illustrates their efforts to retain their significance while adapting themselves to a world of commercialism and technology. Directed by Romain Guelat. c2006. 52 min. DVD X4759

The Good Wife of Tokyo.
Kazuko Hohki goes back to Tokyo with her rock band after living in England for 15 years. This film records her re-experiencing of Japan after a long absence, examining traditional attitudes towards women and those of Kuzuko's friends who are trying to expand their roles as Japanese women. Produced by Claire Hunt, Kim Longinotto. 1992. 52 min. DVD X2406; vhs Video/C 3347

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The Grand Shrines of Ise.
The ceremonies and customs surrounding the Shinto shrines located at Ise, Japan are the focus of this documentary. The historical, architectural, and religious aspects of the shrines are also discussed. 1980. Video/C 1877

Hagemon King Bids Farewell to His Queen.
A presentation of a Japanese No play. In Japanese. 1980. 47 min. Video/C 3839

Hiroshima, the People's Legacy.
Drawings and illustrations by survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb challenge viewers to evaluate the event's impact from a personal viewpoint. Recalls stories of the artists, often in their own words, translated by a narrator, and includes photographs and films of Hiroshima prior to and after the blast. 1975. 45 min. Video/C 536

Hunting Tigers.
Discussion of art and culture in Japan by Kenzaburo Oe and other Japanese artists. 1994. 30 min. Video/C 3824

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If Japan Can...Why Can't We?
Compares industrial productivity in the United States and Japan. 1980. 77 min. Video/C 345

Impressions of Japan
Newsreel footage of a three week visit to Nagano, Japan by the American author William Faulkner during his attendance at a seminar on American literature. Here Faulkner comments on his impressions of Japan and the Japanese culture and people. 1958? 13 min. Video/C 8756

In the Name of the Emperor.
Presents Japanese war crimes and discusses the Nanking Massacre and comfort women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. 1996. 51 min. Video/C 4363

The Illustrated Handscroll Tale of Genji.
The Tale of the Genji is one of the world's earliest novels, antedating Don Quixote by 600 years. It's author, Murasaki Shikibu, is surely the world's first woman novelist. This program traces the plot, which centers on the romantic relationships of the noble hero, Genji--through the panels of a series of illustrated handscrolls dating from the early 12th century. Both Genji's adventures and the visual effects created by the paintings, decorated paper, and calligraphy of the scrolls are covered. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1989. 58 min. DVD X3133; Video/C 3759

The Inland Sea.
Re-creates the lyrical vision of Old Japan captured by Donald Richie in his classic travel memoir, The Inland Sea. Richie, one of the foremost Western authorities on Japanese cinema and culture, juxtaposes the ongoing conflict between traditional and modern values with the serene beauty of the area known as the Inland Sea. Film documents a centuries-old way of life that is rapidly disappearing. 1991. 57 min. Video/C 3547

Inside Japan, Inc. (Pacific Century; 6)
Examines the economic miracle of post-war Japan and the increasing tensions between Japan and the United States because of Japan's resolve to control its own economic destiny. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4927 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2501

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Isoroku Yamamoto: Grand Admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy.
Focuses on the role of Yamamoto during World War II. 1976. 62 min. Video/C 463

An investigation of contemporary Japanese society, with emphasis on cultural changes precipitated by postwar industrialization. 1988. 234 min. total Video/C 1147:1-4

Japan and the Atomic Bomb.
Dr. Abram Sachar lectures on Japan's role in World War II, and about the decisions leading to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. A discussion of post-war world nuclear policy is also provided. 1970. 29 min. Video/C 23

Japan Dreaming.
Discusses how the Japanese are looking at city planning in the future, including underground cities, tower cities, intelligent buildings, technopolis towns and the house of the future. Includes a look at trains which levitate above the track, microbes which eat toxic waste and computerized buildings which switch. 1991. 52 min. Video/C 3506

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Japan Past and Present.
An introduction to the complexities, disparities, dichotomies, and beauties of Japan and the Japanese, then and now. 53 min. ea.

Buddha in the Land of the Kami: (7th - 12th Centuries). Begins with the creation myth of Japan and explains the origin and scope of the Kami concept; explains the arrival of Buddhism and how Buddhism and the Kami were assimilated; discusses the role of Chinese culture, style, and writing in Japanese culture; and demonstrates how the Japanese garden epitomizes the Japanese view of the relationship between man and nature, space, time, and reality. 1989. Video/C 2998

The Coming of the Barbarians: (1540-1650). The Japan of shoguns and samurai, discovered by the Portugese in 1540, soon appeared to be swept away by a wave of Westernization. This program presents a portrait of the regent Hideyoshi, illustrating his lifestyle, his taste, and his abrupt shift in direction : Christian priests and converts were persecuted and martyred and, in 1650, Japan shut tight its doors to the outside. 1989. Video/C 2999

The Age of the Shoguns: (1600-1868). Looks at the history of Japan during the age of the Tokugawa family, the era of Edo, a period of over two-and-a-half centuries during which Japan was sealed off from the rest of the world. Topics include the established classes of daimyo, samurai, farmer and merchant, the political organization of the shogunate, the growth of the merchant class and the development of Kabuki, the delineation of Japanese sensibilities and the meaning of Seppuku. 1989. Video/C 3000

The Essence of Being Japanese. Covers the events of the 20th century -- the earthquake of 1923, the rise of militarism, the accesion of Emperor Hirohito, the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, the Pacific War, Hiroshima, and the American occupation of Japan -- but the primary focus is on what makes Japan Japanese. 1989. Video/C 3002

In the Name of the Emperor.
Presents Japanese war crimes and discusses the Nanking Massacre and comfort women who were forced into prostitution during World War II. 1996. 51 min. Video/C 4363

Iyomande: The Ainu Bear Festival
Documents the most important ceremony of the Ainu people of northern Japan. Also shows aspects of Ainu daily life in the 1930s: houses, boats, ornate swords, religious artifacts, and the elaborately tattooed mouths of the older women. A rare anthropological record, with authentic music. 1990. 26 min. Video/C MM760

Japan: Tarnished Miracle.
Describes the rise and fall of the Japanese economic miracle which has triggered a financial crisis which has global ramifications. Through interviews with a cross-section of Japanese, examines factors that will shape Japan's future: a changing work ethic; a rapidly aging population; the changing role of women in the workforce and shifting loyalties since firms can no longer guarantee lifetime job security. 1998. 19 min. Video/C 5784

Japan They Don't Talk About.
Contrasts our popular perception of Japanese manufacturing as a high-tech paradise with more sobering facts about how workers cope with incredibly long workdays, cramped and excruciatingly expensive housing, and other problems. 1986. 52 min. Video/C 3106

Japan: Three Generations of Avant-garde Architects.
Profiles some of Japan's most innovative architects. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 2017

The Japanese Businessman: The Fighting Spirit Within the Group Ethic.
Presented here is the life of the Japanese businessman through interviews with three generations of businessmen. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 1897

The Japanese Family: The Lifestyle of the Businessman.
Contemporary Japanese life is presented here as seen through the stories of three Japanese families. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 1902

Japanese Society, in Tokyo and in the Country.
English narration and subtitles. Presents the ups and downs in the daily lives of the Japanese. Introduces the lives of those in the older sections of Tokyo who still regard neighborly relations as important amid the abnormally high land and commodity prices of this densely populated i in new housing developments in regional communities, and people living in the countryside who are concerned about young people leaving the farms to go to the cities. Uses the story of a university student in Tokyo to illustrate modern Japanese society. 1989. 23 min. Video/C 1898

Japanese Technology: A Tradition of Craftsmanship.
Offers examples of Japan's traditional technologies and high-tech fields. Shows the way in which the development of Japanese technology has been influenced by the fastidious Japanese character, the sense of shame, the flexibility for adopting everything, the predilection for groups, and the uniform education level. Also presents the various characteristics of Japan's technology from the directions of both production technologies and technological development. 1989. 24 min. Video/C 1901

Japanese Version.
Explores Japan's fascination with things American, pointing out that in borrowing from other cultures there emerges a distinct Japanese slant on such things as American baseball, the 1950's, weddings, and "love hotels". 1991. 56 min. Video/C 2536

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 1-2, Kyutei geino to shinji geino.
Contents: Pt. 1. Bugaku "Ryoo," Bugaku "Nasori." -- Pt.2. Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri, Omoto saitengaku "Imayo," Kurozumikyo saitengaku kibigaku "Haru." Video/C 6300 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 3-4, Bukkyo gyoji to Bukkyo geino.
Contents: Pt. 1. Shitennoji shoryoe, Todaiji shunie goya, jinjo -- Pt. 2. Shingonshu Buzan-ha Nika hoyo tsuki chukyoku rishuzanmai, Sotoshu Daihonzan Eiheiji Ryakufusatsu. Video/C 6301 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 5-7, No to kyogen.
Contents: Pt. 1. No "Funabenkei," -- Pt. 2. Kyogenjo "Nasu no Yoichi katari," Kyogen "Boshibari" -- Pt. 3. Kurokawa no "Shiki sanban," Nogo no noto kyogen, Mibu dainembutsu kyogen "Dojoji,", Sado Daizen Jinja takigino Sagiryu kyogen "Sadogitsune," Sado Daizen Jinja takigino Kita-ryu "Aoinoue." Video/C 6302 Pt. 1-3

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 8-15, Kabuki
Contents: Pt. 1-2 Kabuki I: "Kanadehon Chushingura," nanadanme Gion Ichiriki jaya no ba. -- Pt. 3-4 Kabuki II: "Ehon Taikoki," judanme Amagasaki kankyo no ba. -- Pt. 5-6 Kabuki III: "Kanjincho," ataka no seki no ba. -- Pt. 7. Kabuki IV (jo): "Sannin kichisa kuruwa no hatsugai," okawabata Koshinzuka no ba, "Kuruwa Bunsho," Yoshidaya Koshisaki no ba. -- Pt. 8 Kabuki IV (ge): "Kuruwa Bunsho," Yoshidaya okuzashiki no ba. Video/C 6303 Pt. 1-8

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 16-18, Bunraku.
Contents: Pt. 1-2 Bunraku I: "Omi Genji senjinyakata" Moritsuna jinya no dan. -- Pt. 3. Bunraku II: Hadesugata onna maiginu Sakaya no dan. Video/C 6304 Pt. 1-3

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 19-20, Katarimono no ongaku.
Contents: Pt. 1. Moso biwa "Kaidan hoyo," heikyoku "Nasu no Yoichi," Satsuma biwa "Jinyoko," Chikuzen biwa "Nasu no Yorchi." -- Pt. 2. Gidayubushi "Nozaki-mura-Shinban Utazaimon," Shinnaibushi "Rancho-Wakaki no adanaguca, Tokiwazubushi," Seki no to-Tsumoru koi yuki no sekito, "Kiyomotabushi Miyama no hana todokann edaburi, Rokyoku "Nogitsune Sanji." Video/C 6305 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 21, Edo nagauta to kabuki buyo.
Contents: Nagauta "Kishu Dojoji," Buyo "Shiokumi." Video/C 6306

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 22, Kamigatauta to zashikimai.
Contents: Inoue-ryu Kyomai "Yuko," Yamamura-ryu Kamigatamai "Kigisu." Video/C 6307

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 23, Sankyoku.
Contents: Sokyoku danmono "Rokudan," Sokyoku Kumiuta "Shiki no kyoku," Yamada-ryu sokyoku "Hototogisu," Sankyoku gasso "Yugao," Shakuhachi Honkyoku "Sokaku Reibo." Video/C 6308

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 24-25, Ongaku o chushin ni mita Nihon koten geinoshi.
Contents: Pt. 1. Nihon ongaku no akebono, Tairiku ongaku no torai to shoka, Bukkyo geino no denrai to shoka, Nihon geino no koryu. -- Pt. 2. Shamisen no denrai, Junana-seiki no kigaku gasso, Gendai no kigaku gasso, Ningyo shibai no tenkai, Shamisen no hatten, Kabuki no ongaku. Video/C 6309

Kabuki, the Classic Theatre of Japan
Summarizes the history of Kabuki, the traditional theater of Japan, from the seventeenth century to the present. The elaborate costumes, stylized acting techniques, stage musicians, dancing, elaborate staging and make-up of Kabuki is demonstrated in vignettes from four plays. Excerpts: Shibaraku -- Musume Dojoji -- Kagami Jishi -- Sukeroku. Kabuki performances in Japanese, narration in English. 1987. 30 min. Video/C 6151

Kabuki Techniques.
Two of the greatest stars of Japan's kabuki theater reveal what has only rarely been seen, the actual acting techniques used in the most difficult and splendid of theater forms. Onoe Shoroku II and Onoe Baiko VII discuss and demonstrate their craft in conversation with the well-known author of works on Asian arts, Faubion Bowers. Also includes film clips of great kabuki performances of the past. 1995. 27 min. Video/C 5190

Kisho Kurokawa: From Metabolism to Symbiosis.
Interviews with Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 3081.

Land of Disappearing Buddha.
The Buddhism of Japan is contrasted with that of Sri Lanka. The rituals and customs of some of Japan's contemporary faiths are examined: Zen, Shinto, and that of the Soka Gakkai and Pure Land (Amida ) Buddha groups. 1978. 50 min. Video/C 198

Living Treasures of Japan.
Profiles nine artisans and performing artists who are recognized by law as "holders of important intangible cultural properties" and are charged with publicly exhibiting their works and teaching their artistry to apprentices. Pays visits to a potter, doll sculptor, papermaker, koto musician, swordmaker, textile weaver and dyer, kabuki theater actor, and bellmaker. 1980. 59 min. Video/C 337

The Lovers' Exile: The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan
The story, one Chikamatsu's domestic tragedies, recounts the love between a penniless clerk and an indentured prostitute. In Bunraku, as the reciter tells the story, the master holds the puppet against his chest, and his right arm gives life to the right arm of the puppet. His two assistants are clothed in black; one assistant gives life to the left arm of the puppet, the other gives life to the body, skirts, or legs. A film by Marty Gross. 90 min. DVD 5845

Manga Mad: Tokyo otaku
Looks at the pop culture history of comics and animation in Japan, particularly adult comics, and the obsessive fantasy world of comic & animation fans, called 'otaku', their media mecca, cybersex paradise, Akihabara Electric Town, and the world's largest comic market, Comiket. The core theme of the film is to illustrate and explain the passion Japanese have towards comics & animation. Interviews: Toshiya Ueno (sociologist), Leiji Matsumoto (veteran comic & anime artist), Shozo Furukawa (President of Manderake comic chain store), Rumiko Tezuka (daughter of Osamu Tezuka), Yoshihiro Yonezawa (president of Comiket, world's biggest comic market), Fusanosuke Natsume (comic critic & historian), Kodansha Publishers, IG Animation & Gonzo Animation producers, comic artists, fans & collectors. 2007. 59 min. DVD X4958

Manga, Manga
Mangas are a new Japanese cultural manifestation-- enormous adults-only comic books produced to high qualitative levels on a weekly basis. This film includes interviews with artists of these strips and features comic strip characters AstroBoy, Mazinger, Lone Wolf and Cub, Akira and Devilman. 1990. 27 min. Video/C 6597

Manga World (Un monde manga)
Filmed in Japan, this program looks beyond the stereotypes to objectively examine the history of manga, how manga are drawn, and manga's influence on Japanese life as illustrated by cosplay bars, where people dress up as their favorite characters; manga kissa, 24/7 manga cafes; and Comicket, the twice-annual comics market that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors. The program also introduces viewers to a cross-section of mangaka icons: Vagabond creator Takehiko Inoue; Naoki Urasawa, author of The Pushman and Other Stories; Jiro Taniguchi; Yoshihiro Tatsumi; and Kan Takahama. Dist.: (A HREF="">Films Media Group. 2004. 52 min. DVD X4930

Manufacturing Miracles: A Japanese Firm Reinvents Itself.
Shows how Mazda formalized joint labor-management consultation throughout the firm and invested heavily in comprehensive training, eventually transforming itself into an integrated "neural network", continually responsive to a rapidly changing global economy. 1987. 32 min. Video/C 1227

A performance of a Japanese No play. 90 min. Video/C 3835

Matsuri: A Tribute to Eight Million Japanese Gods
Examines the Japanese matsuri or 'summer festival,' perhaps the best elucidation of that country's ancient polytheism. Ceremony footage from Tokyo and surrounding areas illustrates various festival activities and explores the Japanese cultural emphasis on community, cooperation, and folk worship. 2005. 21 min. DVD 5409

Meet the Fuccons
The Fuccons, an American mannequin family have come to live in Japan. This series of two-and-a-half minute Japanese animated television shorts pokes fun at American life and television. Each spoof usually ends with the family sharing a laugh, much in the style of Leave It to Beaver or The Brady Bunch. Contains 8 episodes. 25 min. DVD 5433

The Meiji Revolution (Pacific Century ; 2).
Discusses Commodore Perry's invasion of Tokyo Bay and the ensuing trade treaty with the U.S. which ended Japan's 250-year seclusion. Mobilized by the charismatic leader, Emperor, Japan reorganized its society and cast aside centuries of tradition to become the first industrially under-developed nation to become a modern world power. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4923 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2497

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Minamata: The Victims and Their World (Minamata: kanja-san to sono sekai)
Documentary film on toxic pollution in Minamata, Japan caused by the fertilizer company Chisso, which was responsible for releasing mercury-polluted industrial waste water into Minamata Bay and out to the Sea of Shiranu -- a happening that would eventually develop into the worst case of environmental pollution in postwar Japan -- and the plight of the victims of 'Minamata disease', focusing on the 29 families who filed a lawsuit against Chisso Kabushiki Kaisha. Directed by Noriaki Tsuchimoto 1971. 120 min. DVD X5634

Music of Bunraku.
Shows the exotic drama of Bunraku, the puppet theater of Japan, and is intended to enable the viewer to understand its music as well. The musical styles, notation and performers of Bunraku are introduced by Prof. William P. Malm of the University of Michigan, while the historic roots of Bunraku, as illustrated in antique paintings and prints, are explained by Prof. Sidney D. Brown of the University of Oklahoma. Artists from the National Bunraku Theater of Japan demonstrate the musical styles of Bunraku, and perform Ise ondo koi no netaba (The massacre of a geisha house in Ise). 1991. 29 min. Video/C 2583

Music of Modern Japan
Modern Japan has nurtured a rich variety of musical forms. This film offers a representative sample of this wide variety of forms matched with visual images that each type of music evokes. Everything from and Kabuki music to modern symphonic music and electronic music is covered. 1984. 30 min. Video/C 6149

Nagasaki Journey = Nagasaki Jani.
A look at the immediate and continuing aftermath after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The film tells personal stories of two Japanese survivors of the bombing and a U.S. marine who was one of the first American troops to occupy the city after thewar ended. Features recently discovered film footage shot by Marines during their occupation, as well as striking photos taken the day after the blast by Japanese Army photographer, Yosuke Yamahata. 1990. 28 min. Video/C 4060.

A Kabuki play based on the No drama "Ikkaku Sennin." In Japanese. 1980. 29 min. Video/C 2189

Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music.
Presents the Naguata version of the piece Sue Hirogari by Kineya Rokuzaemon X. Performed on a no drama practice stage by students at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. 1993. 31 min. Video/C 3985

Nanjing: Memory and Oblivion (Nankin: la memoir et l'oubli)
Although the Nanjing Massacre, a series a war crimes committed by Japanese troops in China's capital during the second Sino-Japanese War, occurred seventy years ago, the nature and extent of these atrocities remains the subject of continuing debate and the source of political tensions between China and Japan. This film uses archival footage and photos, interviews with Chinese survivors and eyewitnesses, former Japanese soldiers, and both Chinese and Japanese government officials, historians and lawyers, to document the events ... and to show how the interpretation of this history has become politicized. A Film by Michaël Prazan. c2006. 53 min. DVD 8649

Description from First Run Icarus catalog

Nanjing Nightmares
The Japanese subjugation of the capital of China in 1937-38 has been called "The Rape of Nanjing" or the "Nanjing Atrocity." It is considered one of the most brutal, sadistic acts of war in modern history and caused psychological repercussions to succeeding generations of Chinese. This documentary recounts the historical events leading up to the terrifying occupation: the growth of China's capital city, Nanjing; the expansionist ambitions resistance by the Chinese army in the defense of Shanghai. Archival film footage depicts the full horror of the genocide in Nanjing, in which some 300,000 people were killed and 80,000 women were raped, in a one month period. 2000. 45 min. Video/C 8786

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

No More Hibakusha.
Film focuses on the hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It expresses their thoughts, fears, and hopes for the future. 1983. 56 min. Video/C 849

Noh: The Classical Theatre of Japan.
An excerpt from Funa Benke (Benkei in the Boat) by Kojiro -- An excerpt from Hanjo (The Lady Han) by Zeami. 1980. 29 min. Video/C 2189

Noh Drama
Aristocratic classical Noh theatre originated 600 years ago and is still popular in modern Japan. The history of Noh plays as well as the formalized acting is shown. The all male cast shows several Noh characters with elaborate costumes and masks and the formal movements required of Noh actors. The simplicity of stage properties and the art of symbolistic portrayal of emotions is emphasized. 1984. 30 min. Video/C 6148

Onoe Baiko the Seventh as The Salt-Gatherer.
Faubion Bowers discusses the 18th century Kabuki dance, The salt gatherer, as the famous Kabuki actor Baiko VII performs the dance which is based on a Noh drama about a simple local girl who loves a court noble during his exile to a remote island and her subsequent abandonment. Baiko also grants a rare interview explaining his art and the origin of the dance. Originally shown on the CBS television show Camera Three in 1972. 1997. 29 min. Video/C 5191

Paradise on Earth. Ancient Spirits, China and Japan. (Nature Perfected, the Story of the Garden; 1-2).
In Paradise on earth the search for the perfect garden takes the viewer from a mountain corn patch in Mexico to the emperor's private park in Tokyo. Film explores Japan's Shinto shrines, the water lilies that inspired Monet in France, the regal avenues of Versailles and the majesty of nature's perfect garden, Yosemite. Ancient spirits, China and Japan examines the gardens of China which has the oldest garden tradition in the world. In a tour of exquisite gardens, the viewer learns the role of water and rocks in the Chinese sanctuary and how Chinese methods are splendidly adapted to the Japanese landscape. 1995. 55 min. Video/C 4118

The [Japanese] Performing Arts (Japan: The Living Tradition)
Part 1 discusses the early origins of Japanese theater and dance. Part II takes a closer look at the origins and distinctive features of Japanese performing arts, focusing on bunraku and kabuki. It also considers Japanese cinema. 1976. 28 min. ea. Video/C 3244:1-2

The Polished Stones.
Mathematics achievement among Chinese and Japanese elementary school students. Produced in 1988. 1989. 35 min. Video/C 3072

Rain of Ruin: The Bombing of Nagasaki.
Film presents an examination of the political and military history of the weeks leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan. Top historical scholars present the principal theories which explain why the bombing occurred, revealing it to be a more complex event than normally believed. The program draws on previously unpublished, declassified documents from American, Japanese and Soviet archives, as well as remarkable film footage. Also features interviews with members of the U.S. bomber crew, Nagasaki survivors, and other key participants. 1995. 56 min. Video/C 4059.

Reinventing Japan (Pacific Century; 5).
Describes the allied relationship that developed between the U.S. and Japan following WW II. Set to the sounds of big band jazz, the program tells the stories of real men and women--both American and Japanese--who lived through the Occupation. Reveals the unexpected results of America's ambitious efforts to mold Japan into its own image and analyzes the astonishing present-day consequences. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4926 (preservation copy); Video/C 2500

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Ripples of Change
A history of the Women's Liberation Movement in Japan illustrated by archival film and photos, presenting interviews with present and former members who describe the social influences exerted by traditional Japanese mores. Also makes a comparison with the American movement. 1993. 57 min. Video/C 9434

Women Make Movies catalog description

Salsa in Japan: a Japanese and Latino Mix /
Explores the growing subculture of salsa dancing in Japan, where salsa dancing and salsa clubs serve as a source of interaction and cultural mingling between Japanese and Latino immigrants to Japan. Briefly recounts the history of salsa and examines the connections between Latin America and Japan through interviews with people involved in the salsa world. c2002. 25 min. Video/C 9745

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Sataro Tanaka Personalities of Japan; 9
Depicts the life and talents of the first woman to play in a traditional Kabuki musical ensemble. Shows the rigorous training for the stylized vocal and instrumental music in Kabuki. Sataro was trained by her father and follows in his footsteps as a Kabuki musician. 1977. 27 min. Video/C 6152

Shimon: Fingerprint.
Documentary on the "Alien Registration Law" in Japan that demands non-citizens to be fingerprinted. These non-citizens are mostly Koreans born in Japan. The Korean Japanese see this as a form of racism. 1990. 28 min. DVD 9958 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1780

Shinjuku Boy
This documentary reveals the complexity of female sexuality in Japan through the lives of three annabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Annabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify themselves as lesbians. All three talk frankly about their gender-bending lives revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these interviews are sequences shot inside the club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with men. A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams. c1995. 53 min. DVD X2397; vhs Video/C 9127

Women Make Movies catalog description

Shinto Festival Music.
Describes the music and theatricals of Shinto which has remained fundamental to the Japanese lifestyle. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 3986

Shisu (poetic beauty), the harmonious balance of thought and feeling, spirit and matter, is at the heart of the Japanese aesthetic. It finds its most striking expression in the Japanese Garden tradition -- a world class cultural legacy. This elegant and poetic study of the Japanese garden draws together the diverse threads that make up one of the world's oldest garden traditions. 2001. 54 min. PAL format. Video/C 9566

Spirits of the State: Japan's Yasukuni Shrine
Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine honors and venerates the spirits of Japanese soldiers and officers, including convicted and executed war criminals. This program explores the history of the Shinto shrine, the complexity of its functions, and the controversies generated when political leaders appear there. 2005. 28 min. DVD 5142

The Style of the Classic Japanese Noh Theatre.
Analyzes and demonstrates the style of Japan's oldest form of theater. English commentary notes and analyzes the movements and stance of the Noh performers. 1980. 17 min. Video/C 2192

Sugiura Kanze Noh Theater Troupe
Takasago: A Noh dance with music depicting a long and happy life. Kaminari: A comic drama about a quack doctor who successfully treats the god of thunder. Aoi no Ue: A Noh performance that tells of a prince's wife, the Lady A-o-i, who falls ill because she is possessed by the spirit of her husband's former mistress. A shaman and a priest both attempt to exorcise the spirit. Recorded on July 28, 2000 at Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minn. Takasago (15 min.) -- Kaminari (20 min.) -- Aoi no Ue (50 min.) -- Introduction to Noh and Kyogen (35 min.). Video/C MM1003

Survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb holocausts reveal their fears and profound traumas, including recurring nightmares, radiation-related ailments, and community ostracism, and describe their fight for government medical insurance coverage. Interviews with thirty Japanese Americans who have either returned or immigrated to the United States are augmented with archival and newsreel footage and commentary by medical and psychiatric professionals. 1975. 58 min. Video/C 536

Sushi: The Spirit of Embracing Nature
Examines Kyoto-style sushi both as a delicacy and as a symbol of Japanese cultural aesthetics. Footage of Kitamura Norio and Kitakura Hiroyuki -- two of Japan's foremost sushi chefs -- illustrates the care they put into every step of the process. In addition, the film provides information on Kyoto history. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 20 min. DVD 6106

Based on Sumi Taonooka's, Out From the Silence. A musical and poetry composition addressing the Japanese American interment camp experience. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 2369

Tadao Ando.
Tadao Ando, one of Japan's most innovative architects, comments on his architectural philosophy and achievements. 1989. Video/C 2015

The Tale of Genji (The Illustrated Handscroll Tale )
One of the world literature's earliest novels, antedating Don Quijote by 600 years. Its author, Murasaki Shikibu, is one of the world's first woman novelists. Plot centers on the romantic relationahips of the noble hero, Genji- through the panels of a series of illustrated handscrolls dating from the early 12th century. A formative work of Japansese culture and one of the milestone's of world literature. 1993. 60 min. Video/C 3759

The Taste of Japan: A Tradition of Hospitality .
Presents a view of the features of Japan, including the Japanese view of nature and sensitivities and the spiritual contact between human beings through the medium of food and beverage. Introduces the culinary cultural traditions of various regions, styles, and people, through Japan's seasonal changes, as well as the people's way of living. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 1899

Theater in Japan
Contents: Performance excerpts: Toshima Takigi Noh -- Tenkei Geki-Jo -- Saburo Teshigawara -- Suzuki Company of Toga -- Dai San Erotica -- Goro Namerikawa Arabaki-Dan -- Ennosuke Kabuki -- Yume no Yuminsha -- Banyu Inryoku. This program explores the cultural debate within Japan regarding traditional forms of theater and more contemporary theater and avant-garde performing arts. Interviews with many of Japan's leading playwrights intercut with generous portions of theater performances, presents an encompassing and engrossing overview of the traditional and modern Japanese theater scene. 2000. 53 min. Video/C 7349

This is Kyogen & Busu.
A presentation of "Busu", as an example of Kyogen, a style of Japanese comic play which occurs as a humorous interlude between No performances. 1980. 47 min. Video/C 3834

The Threat from Japan. (The Genius that was China).
China and the West came into direct conflict over trade and power during the 19th century. China and Japan competed for technological superiority. Addresses the 1894 and 1900 battle with Japan and the Boxer Rebellion. Addresses Chiang Kai-shek's influence. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 2133

Tokyo Girls
Filmed in Canada, Osaka and Tokyo, this is a candid journey into the world of four young Canadian women who work as well-paid hostesses in exclusive Japanese nightclubs. A cheaper version of the geisha, a hostess is hired to talk and flirt with her customers. Although she is well paid, sex is usually not part of the transaction. 58 min. Video/C 8912

Description from UC Center for Media & Independent Learning catalog

Tokyo Streets
This cinéma vérité presents extravagant fashions, musicians, painters, acrobats, street dancers and colorful crowds as seen against the background lights of modern Tokyo, a city that stays awake 24-hours a day. 2006. 75 min. DVD X1131

Tokyo, the Eclectic Metropolis.
Examines diverse examples of modernistic architecture in Tokyo such as the Shonandai Cultural Center, designed by Itsuko Hasegawa; Kiyonori Kikutake's Edo Museum; skyscrapers in the Shinjuki district; Kazuo Shinohara's Centennial Hall, exemplifying progressive urban anarchy; the Yama Dori, in which Fumihiko Maki employed a modern deconstructionist approach; Shin Takamatsu's Moto Akasaka, done in a mannerist form; the International Port Terminal; and even Kisho Kurokawa's living capsules. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7073

Tokyo: The Neon City (Global Cities series)
Examines the social implications of Tokyo's increasing reliance on skilled immigrant labor. This program looks at the social impact of these changes gathering commentary from a wide range of Japanese society about multiculturalism, racism and interracial marriage. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4302

Tokyology. Vol. 1
A documentary exploring contemporary Japanese pop-culture with 15 unique Tokyo experiences. A documentary exploring contemporary Japanese pop-culture with 15 unique Tokyo experiences. "As Carrie Ann Inaba guides you through the legendary crowds of Tokyo, have fun at the blasphemous Christon Cafe, sneak behind the scenes at a Japanese Rock TV show that pretends it's shot in Los Angeles, stroll around fashionable Harajuku, go clubbing with outrageously costumed goths, or end the night at a super-stylish hair salon that is open for business until eight in the morning." c2008. 1:08 DVD X4968

Tomorrow and Yesterday: Modern Technology and Ancient Culture.
Part of the Human Face of Japan series. Investigates the paradoxes of Japanese society; the existence of ancient cultural forms side-by-side with a highly industrialized society. 1981. 28 min. DVD 6969 [preservation copy]; Video/C 904

Toshiro Shimizu (Personalities of Japan; 11)
Biography of the engineer and Noh actor, Toshiro Shimizu. Shows him at work in the Environmental Affairs Bureau in Osaka as well as practicing and participating in the aristocratic classical Noh theatre. The history of Noh plays as well as the formalized acting is shown. The film also cover's Shimizu's part in Osaka's engineering innovation of using waste heat from garbage incineration to heat housing, to purify water and to make distilled water. 1978. 29 min. Video/C 6150

Toypunks. Vol. 1
Toypunks introduces vital players in the Japanese streetwear and designer toy scenes, exploring their roots in punk and outsider culture. Via location shooting in Japan and America, the film explores a profound cross-cultural exchange between American and Japanese creators. The film stars Hikaru Iwanaga of seminal Japanese fashion brand, Bounty Hunter. Frank Kozik, Hiddy Kinoshita of Secret base, Balzac, Three Tides Tattoo, Super Collector Carl Kent Smith, Ken Kakinuma of +8 Paris Rock and Isaac Ramos of are also featured. Extras: Uncut Bounty Hunter interview excerpts; "Hiddy of Secret Base is a sneaker addict!", Frank Kozik on the death of the underground, "Soft vinyl vs spawn," toy collection galleries, Kiyoka Ikeda of Gargamel sculpting session. Directed and edited by Christopher Nelson. c2007. 43 min. DVD X4891

The Tradition of Performing Arts in Japan: The Heart of Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku.
Presents a variety of traditional Japanese theater, including seldom-seen backstage preparations and performances by some of Japan's most illustrious names. English narration and subtitles. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 1900

Traditional Crafts of Japan.
Weaving. 1992. Video/C 3102 ; Ceramics. 1992. Video/C 3103; Woodworking 1992. Video/C 3104; Papermaking. 1992. 25 min ea. Video/C 3105.

Traditional Japanese Architecture.
Shows the Katsura Detached Palace in Kyoto, an example of the best in traditional Japanese architectural technique and design. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 2419

Tsubaki Grand Shrine: A Shrine for all Seasons.
This documentary focuses on a year in the life of one of Japan's oldest and greatest Shinto shrines, the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (the first shrine in the ancient province of Ise). Various rituals, ceremonies, and celebrations are held at the shrine throughout the year. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 1878

Who's the Enemy? (Made in America; 1).
Asian countries are trying to leapfrog out of third-world status by building a well-educated workforce, and even some places in the U. S. are trying to lure high-tech industries with the same approach. So whose fault is it that Japan took almost the whole consumer electronics industry away from the United States? 1992. 50 min. Video/C 2585

Will the Dragon Rise Again? (The Genius That Was China).
This program shows that contemporary China has made an effort to master the modern and technological skills needed to survive in a global market, although it still lags behind the Western world and Japan. Also addresses the issues of scientific technology and political goals. 1990. 58 min. Video/C 2134

The World at War.
Narrated by Laurence Olivier, this 26 part series chronicles the events of World War II. Episode 22: Japan: 1941-1945 (Video/C 1623) This program looks at Japanese civilians who experienced the war as a complete surprise and looks at how successful the media was in persuading the public to support the war. Episode 23: Pacific: February 1942- July 1945 (Video/C 1624 )This program examines the American island hopping strategy that captured islands one at a time across the Pacific, winning back the Philippines and bringing a striking force to Japan's doorstep at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Episode 24: The Bomb.(Video/C 1625) Chronicles the dropping of two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. 1980. 52 min. each.

Zen and I: A Self-Portrait: Great Turtle Priest, Tachibana Taiki, Chief Abbot of Daitoku Temple, Kyoto.
A day in the life of the most powerful Zen priest in Japan, called "the great turtle priest." Tachibana Taiki, Chief Abbot of Daitoku Temple, Kyoto, discusses the meaning of Zen, his opinion of "bogus Zen" and explores the profound Zen question "after satori (enlightenment) what?" 1975. 27 min. Video/C 7757

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Arumdaun Hanguk: Korea the Beautiful: Yongsang Uro Pon Kwangwang Hanguk.
Scenes of Korea during each of the four seasons, showing cultural assets, tourist sites, customs and natural attractions in the areas of Seoul and the provinces. 199-? 30 min. Video/C 6426

Asia Rising, 1951. (People's Century, 1997.)
Japan began the slow painful process of reconstruction after World War II, while Korea, after the Korean War, was one of the poorest countries in the world. This program documents how Japan and Korea managed to rise above the strife of war to develop into world economic powers, setting the global pace for competition in the late 20th century. Video/C 6433

Camp Arirang.
Filmmakers explore prostitution near American military bases in South Korea and examine the lives of the sex workers and their Amerasian children who live in U.S. camp towns throughout South Korea. Through interviews with the workers, soldiers and scholars the film examines the historical roots of the problem and the complicity of the Korean and American governments. 1995. 28 min. Video/C 5299

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Five Generations of Musicians.
Profiles a Korean musician and his ancestors who for five generations have been performing traditional Korean music and dance. 1990. 38 min. Video/C 3683

The Fight for Democracy (Pacific Century; 8).
Documents the struggle for democracy in South Korea. The documentary examines Korea's political history from its beginnings through Japanese occupation, the Korean War, the uprising in Kwangju in 1980, and the massive protests of 1987, to the present. Analyzes historical Anti-American attitudes and today's grassroots political movements. 1992. 60 min. DVD 4929 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2503

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A Forgotten People: the Sakhalin Koreans
Japan forcibly drafted and took 43,000 Koreans to Sakhalin Island to work in the deepest sections of the coal pits there. After Japan's defeat at the end of World War II, the Koreans on Sakhalin Island were then forced to work for the Russians. Now, only less than 1,000 still remain, forgotton even by their own homeland, as lives were lost in and around treaty talks, the cold war and global power struggles. Written and directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. 1995. 59 min. Video/C 4392

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Gateward, Frances. "Breaking the Silences: An Interview with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson." Quarterly Review of Film & Video. 20(2):99-110. 2003 Apr-June
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Good for Her
Examines the factors creating the cosmetic surgery boom in Seoul today through a montage of personal narration, nostalgic images of Korean beauty standards, contemporary news clips and film footage, street advertisement copy, and direct interviews with Korean youngsters and university professors about the intense pressures on Korean youth to undergo cosmetic surgery. Written, directed and edited by Elizabeth E. Lee. 2004. 48 min. DVD X42

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Grilled Rice (Gao Rang)
A study on the North Vietnamese combat cameramen who filmed the Indo-Chinese and Vietnam Wars and founded Vietnamese cinema. Mai Loc and Khoung Me, two veterans from the French war, tell of acquiring their first cameras and instruction manuals. Mr. Xuong, a traveling projectionist during both wars, recalls projecting films along the 17th Parallel and public reaction to the films. Tran Van Thuy and Le Man Thich screen some of the material that they shot and describe the hardship and fear they faced in combat and during American bombings. For all of them, "to make propaganda was obvious." But they also discuss their regrets. Thuy says "If we had had a more critical historical awareness, we could have left much better images." They didn't film enough of the hard daily life, and regret the many "heroic deaths that were not filmed, "but it would have been "useless," as the footage would not have been used. 2001. 52 min. Video/C 8806

Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Habitual Sadness (Nazzen moksori 2)(Korean Comfort Women Today)
During World War II an estimated 200,000 women, mostly Korean, were forced by the Japanese into sexual slavery. Now in their sixties and seventies, a group of survivors living together in a sharing community are daring to speak of their suffering at the hands of their oppressors. Their stories present a testament to the strength of former victims who have exchanged their painful memories for the warmth of communal life and feminist activism. 1997. 70 min. Video/C 9400

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance: Korea, China, Mongolia.
For complete listing of contents, consult GLADIS under series title: f se JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. 1990. 49 min. ea. Video/C 3514-3518

Kimjongilia: The Flower of Kim Jong Il
This film reveals the extraordinary stories, told by survivors of North Korea's vast prison camps, of deadly famine, and of every kind of repression. Their experiences are interspersed with archival footage of North Korean propaganda films. Directed and produced by N. C. Heikin. 2009. 74 min. DVD X4425

Korea: Conquering a Crisis. (Millennium: The IMF in the New Century.)
In 1997, Korea was brought to the verge of economic collapse. Using intensive crisis management and a historic bailout of $21 billion, Korea quickly began to reverse the effects of a buildup of bad banking debt and excessive short-term borrowing. This program examines the measures used to engineer Korea's amazing come back such as adjusting interest rates, creating new bank lending practices and encouraging corporate debt reduction. c2001. 19 min. Video/C 7804

Korea: War, Prosperity, Democracy.
Part 1 is a documentary film covering the major events in the Korean War. -- Part 2 describes recent industrial and agricultural advances of the Korean nation -- Part 3 and 4 examine current cultural conditions in Korea including performances of court dance and music, art exhibits and the performing arts. 1995. 93 min. Video/C 3983

Korean Culture Series:

Video/C 3649 Korean Dances. 1977.
Video/C 3650 Koryo Celadon Porcelain. 1977.
Video/C 3651 Korea Life Cycle. 1979.
Video/C 3652 The Sweep of Korean Fashions. 1979.
Video/C 3653 Tano: The Fifth Day of the Fifth Month. 1979.
Video/C 3654 Yi Dynasty Porcelains. 1979.
Video/C 3655 Traditional Korean Goods. 1981.
Video/C 3656 Chusok: Harvest Moon Festival. 1981.
Video/C 3657 New Years Day's Korea Holidays.1981.
Video/C 3658 Mt. Sorak. 1982.
Video/C 3659 Korean Painting.1982.
Video/C 3660 Korean Houses. 1982.
Video/C 3661 The Mask Fances of Korea. 1984.
Video/C 3662 Traditional Korean Wedding. 1984.
Video/C 3663 The Ancient Korean Art of Printing. 1984.
Video/C 3664 Korean Handicrafts. 1985.
Video/C 3665 The Delicate Art of Korean. 1986. Embroidery
Video/C 3666 Che Ju Do : Island of Fantasy. 1987.
Video/C 3667 The Koreans. 1989.
Video/C 3669 Koryo Celadon Masterpieces. 1989.
Video/C 3670 Korean Markets. 1989.
Video/C 3672 Taekwondo: Korea's Traditional Mart. 1990.
Video/C 3673 Korean Ramie Cloth. 1991.
Video/C 3674 Kaya, the Ancient Kingdom. 1991.
Video/C 3675 Korea in Focus, 1994.
Video/C 3676 Pansori: Korean Dramatic Songs. 1991.
Video/C 3677 Korean Venture Businesses. 1991.
Video/C 3678 A Korean Festival of Music and Dance. 1991.
Video/C 3679 Venerable Korean Artists. 1991.

Korean Traditional Pattern
Describes the relationship between Korean symbolism and things found in nature from ancient times through today. Opens with Korean designed garments and fabrics at a fashion show in Paris. Also shows Korean fabric designers at work. 1994. 38 min. Video/C 6588

Korean War: Fire and Ice
A 4 part documentary on the military history of the Korean War. A&E, 1999. 45 min each installment.

Korean War, Part 1: The Making of a Bloodbath. When North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, a disastrously downsized, Post-WWII American military acted swiftly to stop this first instance of armed Communist aggression but the U.N. contingent soon found itself thrown back into disarray. Bottled up with their backs to the sea at Pusan, America and her allies now faced a humiliating evacuation. Video/C 6636

Korean War, Part 2: Triumph to Tragedy With the U.N. forces on the verge of being pushed into the sea at Pusan, victory was within the grasp of the surrounding North Korean army, but General Douglas MacArthur executed a high-risk amphibious landing at Inchon. Within months, MacArthur's men would drive the North Koreans almost to the Chinese border. But their victory would turn to devastating defeat, as a huge wave of Chinese troops took the U.N. contingent by surprise, forcing a retreat back into South Korea. Video/C 6637

Korean War, Part 3: Retreat from Hell. Nearly overrun by the hordes of Chinese troops pouring across the Yalu River, American forces experienced defeats at the Chosin Reservoir and the evacuation of forces from the port of Hungnam. By December of 1950, the communists had recaptured the North Korean capital, Pynongyang; a month later, the southern capital of Seoul also fell. Now, with the war becoming increasingly costly for both sides, the two adversaries dug in and consolidated their forces at the 38th Parallel. Video/C 6638

Korean War, Part 4: Bitter Standoff. As American casualties mounted, U.S. President Harry Truman came under increasing military and political pressure finally resulting in MacArthur's dismissal and the arrival of General Matthew Ridgway. After retaking Seoul the U.N. forces confronted the re-grouped enemy in the biggest battle of the war. But by now, U.S. policy had shifted from liberation to containing the communists at the 38th parallel. The war raged on until the armistice of July, 1953, a tenuous unstable cease-fire that continues to flare into violence even today. Video/C 6639

Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People
Documentary on the Koryo Saram, Koreans living in the Soviet Union who were relocated to Kazakhstan by Stalin in 1937. Includes interviews with Koreans living in Kazakhstan about their current lives and their lives under the Soviet system, and shows the lives of the Koryo Saram living in Kazakhstan today. 2007. 60 min. DVD X1345

Lifting the Blackout: Images of North Korea.
Documentary about a 1987 visit by an American delegation to North Korea to study North Korean relations with South Korea and the United States and improve U.S. citizen awareness of North Korea. 1989. 54 min. Video/C 1771

Mini Dragons.
Knows as the "mini-dragons", the Pacific Rim countries of Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong are vigorous newcomers in the global marketplace. This series explores the personal stories within each nation and the region as a whole. Reflected are Asian as well as Western sensibilities. 1991. 54 min. ea. Video/C 3186 - 3189

Our Nation: a Korean Punk Rock Community
A stunning portrayal of how Korean youth are using punk rock to find a voice in their rapidly changing culture. Through the eyes of two young college fans, the film journeys through the underground punk rock scene presenting the impact of a steady stream of new musical influences from abroad. Sociology professor Cho Hai Joang provides a socio-historical overview of the youth subculture in Korea, and the impact of the emergence of consumer capitalism and the social impact of globalization on Korean culture. 2001. 39 min. DVD X1776

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Passing Through: A Personal Diary Documentary
Adolfson, a Korean adoptee who grew up in Minnesota, returns to his birthland. After spending six months at Yonsei University, the filmmaker is reuinted on Korean national television with his three long lost siblings. An absorbing account of how national barriers can stimulate rather than hinder personal growth, this film offers a timely look at a unique demographic coming of age. 1998. 28 min. Video/C 7054

Planet of Snail
Follows the lives of Korean poet Young-Chan Cho, who is both deaf and blind, and his wife Soon Ho. Focuses on the couple's use of touch to communicate. 2011. 87 min. DVD X9151

Pyongyang Diaries
A personal record of the director's encounter with the closed society of North Korea. Beginning with the death of leader Kim Il Sung, she visits national memorials and monuments and interviews artists and intellectuals about the role of their work. 1997. 52 min. Video/C MM160

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Pulguksa, Sokkuram
Video tour of Pulguksa, one of Korea's most famous Buddhist temples, and Sokkuram, an artifical stone temple atop Mt. T'ohanisan, which contains a famous statute of the Buddha. c2000. 15 min. Video/C 8299

The Red Chapel (Det røde kapel)
A one-of-a-kind documentary that reveals the injustices of North Korea with a hilariously dark wit ... a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel", pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. This stunt is led by the acerbic director Mads Brügger, and assisted by two Danish performers of Korean descent: bulky, tattooed, guitar-banging hipster Simon Jul, and his spiky-haired cohort Jacob Nossell, who has cerebral palsy and occasionally uses a wheelchair. Constantly shadowed by their guide, Mrs. Pak, they fake allegiance to Kim Jong-il and hope for "One Korea." Only Jacob is allowed to speak his mind. Suffering from cerebral palsy, his halting speech is impossible to translate, so he insults his socialist hosts and receives smiles in return ... an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian nightmare. Directed by Mads Brügger. 2009. 88 min. DVD X5974
A dramatization of a traditional Korean folktale in which a filial daughter struggles to care for her blind elderly father. 1989. 87 min. Video/C 6428

Shimon: Fingerprint.
Documentary on the "Alien Registration Law" in Japan that demands non-citizens to be fingerprinted. These non-citizens are mostly Koreans born in Japan. The Korean Japanese see this as a form of racism. 1990. 28 min. Video/C 1780

Silence Broken
A documentary based on interviews with Korean comfort women who were forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Their compelling testimony is presented side by side with interviews with Japanese soldiers, recruiters, and commentary by historians and a medical doctor. Some of their stories are portrayed in powerful dramatizations with their own voices flowing under stunning images, presenting deep sorrow and the amazing resilience of the human spirit. Director, producer, writer, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson. 1995. 88 min. Video/C 6807

Gateward, Frances. "Breaking the Silences: An Interview with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson." Quarterly Review of Film & Video. 20(2):99-110. 2003 Apr-June
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South Korea.
Examines the dissatisfaction with South Korea's economic miracle, which was brought about by low wages, political dictatorship, martial law, and giant industrial conglomerates that dominate the country's economy. Looks at the challanges faced by the people as they grapple with the impending transition to a technology-based economy. 1991. 28 min. Video/C 3186.

South Korea: The Struggle for Democracy.
Using news footage and interviews with government officials, dissidents, journalists, and average citizens, this program examines South Korea's ongoing struggle for democracy within the context of its turbulent history. Topics include the North/South partition, the Korean War, student and union riots, and the justification of military rule under the guise of national security. BBC, 1997. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 5793.

A State of Mind
Following a strict routine, which involves several hours of daily workouts and gymnastic instruction, two young North Korean girls practice through exhaustion for the 2003 Mass Games, the largest choreographed spectacle on earth. A mixture of cinema verite and essay filmmaking, the documentary includes images of state-regulated schools, pubs, artistic performances and glimpses into the hardships of average North Koreans' lives in a manner almost never permitted by the Pyongyang government. The film also explores how the brutal 1950s U.S. bombings still stand as a lingering trauma in this nation of 22 million. Produced and directed by Daniel Gordon. 2006. 94 min. DVD 5077

Demonstrations of the traditional Korean martial art, Taekwando, showing techniques, the philosophical foundations of the martial art and its history. 199-? 18 min. Video/C 6427

This is Korea.
This is the only color documentary made during the Korean War. Directed by John Ford. Contains footage of rare aircraft and ground action. 1993. 50 min. Video/C 3099

Tiger Spirit
Korea is a divided nation. Millions of families were split apart during the Korean war. For more than a generation, families in North and South Korea have not been able to visit, speak to, or even write one another. In this film Korean-Canadian director Min Sook Lee goes on an amazing journey along Koreas' border where she encounters a tiger hunter, a courageous woman who defected from the North years ago, a young bus guide whose job it is to shuttle workers across the DMZ border everyday, and many hopeful families dreaming of the day they can once again see their lost loved ones. With unprecedented access and never before seen footage of North Korea's industrial zone and state-sanctioned reunification centers, Lee brings us an emotion-charged journey into Korea's broken heart. Director/writer, Min Sook Lee. 2008. 73 min. DVD X2497

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Traditional Korean Houses.
Shows the types of housing used in Korea from prehistoric times to the Choson period. Includes tours of architectural sites, furniture, and interior decoration with expert commentary. Sun-kyo jang -- Prehistoric residential site in Amsa-dong, Seoul -- Restored ancient tomb from Koguryo Kingdom -- Kaya Kingdom -- Shilla Kingdom -- Oh-jook-hun -- Yangdong Folk Village -- Kwan-gwa Jung -- Hyang-dahn -- House of Woi-sung -- Pyongnae-dong, Mikeum -- Dok-rak-dang -- Yun-kyung-dang. Commentary: Dr. Hahn Jae-soo (Korean architect). 29 min. Video/C 6423

Welcome to North Korea
This film, shot mostly covertly, shows a regime where 20 million people live in poverty, some on the brink of starvation, while the former dictator Kim II Sung and his son built extravagant monuments to reflect their power. The film crew was not allowed to interview people at random and those selected to speak gave an idealized image of the regime. Includes footage shot secretly by a Chinese relief organization which attests to a generation dying from starvation and disease, and suffering terrible human rights abuses. The film includes interviews with refugees from North Korea and also looks at efforts at re-unification between the North and South, with footage of family reunions and the efforts of Hyundai founder Tsjoen Joe Jung, who is working to ease the way to reunion. A film by Peter Tetteroo. 2001. 54 min. DVD X3199; Video/C 8963

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

The Women Outside: Korean Women and the U.S. Military.
Documentary on young South Korean women who work in sex related enterprises adjacent to American military bases in South Korea. Also explores the lives of Korean American women who came to the United States as wives of American servicemen. 1995. 52 min. Video/C 5290

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Sound Cassettes

China Talks.
A lecture on the history of China and Chinese foreign relations by John K. Fairbanks. 1974. 6 parts Sound/C 29

Lest We Forget: In Memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Three survivors of the atom bomb discuss their experiences and their hopes for nuclear disarmament. Discussion also features comments by Norman Cousins. 1986. Sound/C 544

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