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A Woman Director’s Rising Star: The First Two Films of Hisako Matsui (b. 1946)

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This article discusses female Japanese directors, and in particular Hisako Matsui. There are enough (Japanese women directors) already to enforce a pause as one considers where to begin, whom to discuss and how. My own choice here does owe something to the recent conspicuous success of Hisako Matsui (b. 1946). She has made two feature-length films on fairly large budgets: Yukie, released in 1998; and Oriume, first shown in the 2001 Tokyo International Film Festival. But there is more to Matsui than sudden fame, because her accomplishments reflect the long and difficult road to success in an art as tricky and costly as making and marketing films.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s Disease; Japanese women directors

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2003

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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