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East Asian Studies

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. Korean War, Part 2: Triumph to Tragedy With the U.N.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.