Japanese Film Tokyo Story Review


there will be a checklist for you as a guide to complete this review. You will have to review one film combined with a required reading. Not too hard.


Here is how the review will be graded:

Grading criteria is as follow (10 points total):

1. On-time Submission

2. Length(300-400 words)

3. Pick one scene from the required film this week

4. Originality (Your own idea about why and how the scene is impressive)

5. Reference to assigned reading

6. Image

7. Clarity of expression (appropriate grammar; clear meanings of words

8. Coherent structure of argument (No bullet point or itemization)

9. Present the Keyword from this week’s lecture

10. Explanation of the keyword

keyword for this week: ‘Participation’

here is the related words from lecture to explain this keyword:

As, you know, imaginary variable. So in addition to that, you know who is who uses plops, objects within the frame in a playful manner. So we kinda participating in, again, finding out game, right? The graphic match of the beer bottles. We notice it and oh, that’s funny. We notice those things. Tiny little playful object placing that Oozie does it. Osu was obsessed with the usurp, red objects in his color films. So separate from the story line, we noticed read kiddos, red stars, or read radio or something like that. Somewhere in the, within the frame. That’s another way of playfulness, again, between the viewers and him and the director. So Classical Hollywood films, a closed space, stories the most important but oozes and makes the space open. Participation is today’s keyword. So oozes films induce us to participate in the games that Oozie place. That’s totally different from, or it’s challenging the classical Hollywood ways of filmmaking. And methodically Suo, shall we dance that you’ve Ecuador, shall we dance? He imitates what did he? You know, this is a sequence in which the detective and CDMA as wife talk and the office of the detector are clearly, clearly this is eta ten.

Film: Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari, Ozu Yasujiro, 1953)Reading: Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, “Space and Narrative in the Films of Ozu,” Screen l7. 2 (Summer 1976): 4l73.


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