‘Cult Japan’ | Glasses, Dreams and Aeroplanes: Miyazaki Hayao’s ‘Last’ Film
Wednesday 26 August 2015 Share FacebookDelicious Email

Associate Professor Tomoko Aoyama, Reader in Japanese, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland shares her insights into the ‘Cult Japan’ film program, with a specific focus on some of the key motifs found in the work of renowned director, producer and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki.

‘Cult Japan’ celebrates the strange and outrageous in post-war Japanese cinema. The program includes underground and cult classics; Japan’s unique variation on horror and action cinema; and the excessive, surreal and kitsch depictions of love, revenge and technology that have made Japanese genre cinema an international success. These strands are accompanied by a retrospective of Hayao Miyazaki, Japan’s most celebrated animator and director whose hand-crafted fables explore the environment, social justice and the adventures of young women growing up.

‘Cult Japan’ is at the Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 2 September.

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