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East Asian Studies

Eat the Kimono.

Film about iconoclastic performance artist Hanayagi Genshu and her clashes with Japanese cultural conventions and traditions. 1989. 60 min.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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.