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East Asian Studies

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.
web web sites: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.

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.

Hagemon King Bids Farewell to His Queen.

A presentation of a Japanese No play. In Japanese. 1980. 47 min.

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.

Hunting Tigers.

Discussion of art and culture in Japan by Kenzaburo Oe and other Japanese artists. 1994. 30 min.
web web sites:Center for Asian American Media catalog description

If Japan Can...Why Can't We?

Compares industrial productivity in the United States and Japan. 1980. 77 min.

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.

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.

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. [preservation copy]
Full-text review from:ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries