Remapping Ozu's Tokyo? The Interplay between History and Memory in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Café Lumière
Abstract:This essay will argue that the film's representation of urban Tokyo is shaped by the director's concern with history to discuss its connections with memory. This paper aims to explore how memory has gained in value as a site of historical interpretation, and how history and memory relate closely to a wider reconsideration of the shifting cultural landscape of modern society. This paper aims to explore how memory has gained in value as a site of historical interpretation, and how history and memory relate closely to a wider reconsideration of the shifting cultural landscape of modern society. Hou's representation of modern society also heightens the necessity to consider the linkage between past and present, opening up the possibility that is more than just to remember the past and consequently conceive the present.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2008
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