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Humanizing Japan After World War II: Motifs of Sentiment and Sensibility as Expressed by the Mother Figure in Kinoshita Keisuke's Hahamono Films

  title={Humanizing Japan After World War II: Motifs of Sentiment and Sensibility as Expressed by the Mother Figure in Kinoshita Keisuke's Hahamono Films},
  author={Fanglin Wang},
  journal={Georgetown University-Graduate School of Arts \& Sciences},
  • Fanglin Wang
  • Published 2019
  • Art
  • Georgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Hahamono cinema, a sub-genre of Japanese melodrama, focuses on the characterization of maternal figures. The peak in hahamono film production was in the 1940s-50s. This era coincides with the period of war and trauma of defeat. This thesis analyzes how depictions of mother figures’ suffering in hahamono reflect Japan’s war trauma. Through a close reading of director Kinoshita Keisuke’s hahamono films made between 1944-54, this thesis illustrates that the mother figures’ suffering in relation to… 

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