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The films of Mitani Koki: Intertextuality and comedy in contemporary Japanese cinema


Yamasaki, R, The films of Mitani Koki: Intertextuality and comedy in contemporary Japanese cinema, New Voices, 4, (Mar) pp. 123-143. ISSN 1833-5233 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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The purpose of this article is to investigate the importance of intertextual references in the films of one of Japan’s most successful contemporary comedy filmmakers, Mitani Kôki. Since Mitani consciously makes references to other films, intertextuality works as a key element to comprehend his works. Although the recognition of the references used in his films is not too significant to influence entertaining perspectives, the absence of these detailed intertextual components would prevent the films being recognised as ‘Mitani films’. By analysing all of his four films, this article will provide a useful example of the idea of intertextuality. In addition, this study will also focus on Japan in the 1990s, when Mitani debuted as a film director. This is an important point to be discussed, since his film-making approaches seem to be significantly related to the social background of the time.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Intertextuality, Mitani Kôki, Comedy, Cinema, Japan in the 1990s
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Yamasaki, R (Miss Rie Yamasaki)
ID Code:73306
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2011-09-26
Last Modified:2012-07-05

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