Re-imagining the Japanese: Himatsuri (Fire Festival), the Film and the Novella

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In this paper, I will focus on Himatsuri the film, its reception in Japan, and the Nakagami novella of the same title, in order to study the significance of Himatsuri in the history of Japanese cinema. The film holds an intriguing place in Japanese cinema. It becomes possible, through analyzing the film and its reception in Japan, to capture an instance when both the cinema and the film critics came to construct yet another nihonjinron (theories of the Japanese), in complicity with re-crafting the Japanese national consciousness.

Keywords: Himatsuri (Fire Festival); Japanese cinema; Nakagami Kenji; Yanagimachi Mitsuo; novella

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2007

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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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