JAPAN 185: Introduction to Japanese Cinema

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About this Guide

This course guide points to library print and electronic sources for research in Japanese cinema

Before You Begin Your Research

Before you begin your research, you might want to check the following points for basics:

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, organize and store your PDFs, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in for the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service. Zotero is also available as a stand-alone application that syncs with Chrome and Safari, or as a bookmarklet for mobile browsers.
  2. RefWorks - web-based and free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies, then works with Word to help you format references and a bibliography for your paper. Use theRefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: Desktop software for managing your references and formatting bibliographies. You can purchase EndNote from the Cal Student Store

Tip: After creating a bibliography with a citation management tool, it's always good to double check the formatting; sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Other Guides

Here is a list of other useful guides:


Library Catalogs

For books and e-books offered by the UC Berkeley Library, consult the Library's Find Books and E-Books page first. In the U.S.-based catalogs such as OskiCat, Japanese language materials can be searched either using original Japanese scripts (ひらがな, カタカナ, 漢字) or the modified Hepburn Romanization (transliteration) system. LC (Library of Congress) and ALA (American Library Association) Romanization Table for Japanese offers detailed explanation of the guidelines that most U.S. libraries follow when romanizing Japanese materials.

In Melvyl, WorldCat, etc., click on the REQUEST or UC-eLinks button for Inter-library loan requests. UC Berkeley faculty, registered graduate students, and staffs can also borrow materials from Stanford University Library through Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP). For requesting materials from Stanford University Library, please use RLCP Borrowing Request forms.

For books held by libraries in Japan, use the following databases to locate materials:

Possible Starting Points

Eiga no hon no hon 映画の本の本. Call No.: East Asian PN1995 .S488 2002

Eiga, ongaku, geinō no hon zenjōhō 映画・音楽・芸能の本全情報 2000-2004. Call No.: East Asian Ref. PN2921 .E44 2005 

Engeki eiga tosho sōmokuroku 演劇・映画 図書 総目録. Call No.: East Asian PL734.A12 E5

Jiten eiga no tosho 事典映画の図書. Call No.: East Asian Ref. Z5784.M9 T75 1989

Kawakita Kinen Eiga Bunka Zaidan dētabēsu 川喜多記念映画文化財団 データベース検索: Database covers books and journals held by the institue; searchable by keywords from table of contents 

Research guide to Japanese film studies / Abé Mark Nornes and Aaron Gerow. Call No.: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 N67 2009

Tōkyō Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan tosho kensaku 東京国立近代美術館 図書検索: Database covers the holdings of the National Film Center.

Article Databases

Here is a short list of useful articles databases for Japanese studies. Note that many of these sources only index journal articles -- they don't actually have the full text. Use the gold "UC-eLinks" button to do an automated search to find the full text.

Selected Print Article Indexes

Selected Journals (Western Languages)

Here is a list of major journals in Western languages covering the field of Japanese studies, many of which are availble both online and print:

Selected Journals (Japanese)

Here is a list of selected current journals on Japanese films:

Following are selected reproductions of ceased periodicals on Japanese films:

Newspaper Article Databases

Here is a short list of newspaper article databases for Japanese newspapers: 

 Selected Print Sources

Useful Websites

Here is a list of selected useful websites for research on Japanese cinema:

J-Film Pow wow

Japanese Film Database (JFDB): JFDB is managed by the Japan Foundation and UNIJAPAN and provides information on Japanese films released between 2002 and 2010, including film cast and staff, or film industry related companies.

Midnight Eye: Visions of Japanese Cinema: A non-commercial, non-profit initiative; offers interviews, features, film reviews, and book reviews

Motion Picture Reprint Series (Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan)

Screening the Past      

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

Reference Books

Here is a list of selected reference materials:

Eiga haiyū jiten. Senzen Nihon hen 映画俳優事典. 戦前日本篇 / Moriuchi Masashi. Call No.: East Asian Ref. PN2927 .M63 1994

Eiga hyakka jiten 映画百科辞典= Encyclopedia of cinema / hensan Iwasaki Akira ... [et al.]. Call No.: East Asian PN1993.45 .E37 1954

Nihon eiga jinmei jiten. Danʼyū hen 日本映画人名事典. 男優篇 / Kinema Junpōsha hen. Call No.: East Asian PN2927 .N55 1996

Nihon eiga jinmei jiten. Joyū hen 日本映画人名事典. 女優篇 / Kinema Junpōsha hen. Call No.: East Asian PN2927 .N56 1995

Nihon eiga jinmei jiten. Kantoku hen 日本映画人名事典. 監督篇 / Kinema Junpōsha hen.
Call No.: East Asian Ref. PN1998.2 .N55 1997

Nihon eiga sakuhin jiten. Sengo hen (1) 日本映画作品辞典. 戦後篇 = Complete dictionary of Japanese movies from 1945 August to 1988 December / Nihon Eigashi Kenkyūkai hen. Call No.: East Asian PN1993.5.J3 N55 1998

Nihon eiga sakuhin jiten. Senzen hen 日本映画作品辞典. 戦前編 = Complete dictionary of Japanese movies from 1896 to 1945 August / Nihon Eigashi Kenkyūkai hen. Call No.: East Asian PN1993.5.J3 N57 1996

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