A Foreigner's Cinematic Dream of Japan

Representational Politics and Shadows of War in the Japanese-German Coproduction New Earth (1937)
Bloomsbury Academic USA (Verlag)
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In early 1936, a German film team arrived in Japan to participate in a film coproduction, intended to show the 'real' Japan to the world and to launch Japanese films into international markets. The two directors, one Japanese and the other German, clashed over the authenticity of the represented Japan and eventually directed two versions, The Samurai's Daughter and New Earth, based on a common script. The resulting films hold a firm place in film history as an exercise in - or reaction against - politically motivated propaganda, respectively.

A Foreigner's Cinematic Dream of Japan contests the resulting oversimplification into nationalised and politicised dichotomies. Drawing on a wide range of Japanese and German original sources, as well as a comparative analysis of the 'German-Japanese version' and the elusive 'Japanese-English version', Iris Haukamp reveals the complexities of this international co-production. This exclusive research sheds light not only on the films themselves, but also on the timeframe of its production, with both countries at the brink of war.
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978-1-5013-4354-4 (9781501343544)
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Iris Haukamp is Lecturer in Japanese Film at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan.
List of figures
Note on sources and translation
Timeline of related cinematic and political events

1. Film export and international (mis-)understanding
2. Producing New Earth: People, stories, inconsistencies
3. A pact of the silver screen
4. The politics of authenticity: Representing others, recognizing selves
5. International stars and national landscapes: Authentic star personas?
6. Itami's version of Fanck's dream
7. Repercussions: Coming to terms with New Earth

Two acclaimed directors clash! An international star returns to his native soil! A future national icon debuts! Iris Haukamp captures the moment of such an excitement and retells the complicated behind-the-scene stories of the production of New Earth. What is revealed in this apparently microscopic analysis of one film is a more dynamic ideological and political battle over the authentic image of Japan. * Daisuke Miyao, Professor and the Hajime Mori Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, University of California, San Diego, USA * When the word 'scholarship' is used, this is the work to which it should be applied. Iris Haukamp has mined the archives in Japanese, German and English to produce not just the definitive study of a legendary film but brings much-needed attention to one of the most important efforts, fascinatingly failed though it was, in pre-WW II cinema among the Axis Powers. Under the direction of fabled filmmakers Itami Mansaku and Arnold Fanck, this is the film that made Hara Setsuko an abiding star and demonstrates how Japan has long been a foreigner's dream. * David Desser, Emeritus Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, USA *

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