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The Lazy Gaze: The Aesthetics of Consumerism in Itami Jūzō’s Tampopo

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Abstract:

Tampopo represents a confident expression of postmodern aesthetics, in that through parody, pastiche, and play it is able to capture what would otherwise be a fickle and easily-bored audience, and thus through this act of abduction, it is able to convince that audience at least to receive its message. What that message may be we shall see. First, we shall consider the features of this film which facilitate its project.

Keywords: Tampopo; consumption; narrative; shape

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/ac.15.1.225_1

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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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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