Negative, Nonsensical, and Non-Conformist

The Films of Suzuki Seijun
Peter A. Yacavone
The definitive study of the pathbreaking and controversial Japanese film director who expanded the form, rhetoric, and philosophy of popular genre movies
This title is open access and free to read on the web A free online version is forthcoming

Description

In the late 1950s, Suzuki Seijun was an unknown, anxious low-ranking film director churning out so-called program pictures for Japan’s most successful movie studio, Nikkatsu. In the early 1960s, he met with modest success in  directing popular movies about yakuza gangsters and mild exploitation films featuring prostitutes and teenage rebels. In this book, Peter A. Yacavone argues that Suzuki became an unlikely cinematic rebel and, with hindsight, one of the most important voices in the global cinema of the 1960s. Working from within the studio system, Suzuki almost single-handedly rejected the restrictive filmmaking norms of the postwar period and expanded the form and language of popular cinema. This artistic rebellion proved costly when Suzuki was fired in 1967 and virtually blacklisted by the studios, but Suzuki returned triumphantly to the scene of world cinema in the 1980s and 1990s with a series of critically celebrated, avant-garde tales of the supernatural and the uncanny. This book provides a well-informed, philosophically oriented analysis of Suzuki’s 49 feature films.
Peter A. Yacavone is Associate Professor of English at Shanghai International Studies University.

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 440pp.
  • 173 illustrations.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2023
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-07570-6

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  • Paper
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  • 978-0-472-05570-8

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  • Open Access
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  • 978-0-472-90347-4


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Keywords

  • Suzuki Seijun, Nikkatsu, yakuza, 1960s cinema, film theory, diegesis, diegetic, classical cinema, studio system, exploitation, Japanese film, gangster movies, popular genre, aesthetics, global cinema, Japanese cinema, post-war cinema, negation, auterism, auteur, film director, New Left, New Wave, cult film, genre film,prostitution, Japanese New Wave, nuberu bagu, hard-boiled, film noir, Classical Hollywood cinema,  film and philosophy, film and philsoophy, avant-garde cinema

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