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East Asian Studies


A performance of a Japanese No play. 90 min.

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.

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.

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.

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. - 3189

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.

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.

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. .

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.

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.