This article traces the economic, social, and cultural development of Japan over the past few decades. The first part of the paper describes and analyzes some of the underlying anxieties and desires of the Japanese that have resulted from their country's historical development, particularly
the burst of the economic bubble. The second part examines selected romantic melodramas that have been produced from the 1990s until recent years. It explores how the characterization and setting of these movies convey the nostalgic feeling of the Japanese towards their past, i.e. the time
before the burst of the bubble economy.
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.