Effect Of The Second World War On The Cinema Of Japan

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Arguably the most world changing event in history, the Second World War had a huge effect in cinema around the world. These effects can are perhaps most apparent in the cinema of Japan as the country was impacted greatly by the war. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the subsequent capitulation of Japan changed the morals and the psyche of its people almost completely leaving a big mark in Japanese culture which is quite evident when looking the films made in the country during the post war period. The war changed every genre in Japanese cinema, introducing new themes and tones which were quite uncommon in pre-war and war times.
The political situation in Japan changed completely after the war. Following Japan’s defeat it was occupied by American forces and was now run by the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers, in an attempt to transform the Japanese. SCAP made a lot of changes in Japan including building new Universities and changing the constitution (Bordwell and Thompson 2002). SCAP also went on to censor the Japanese film industry to fit the new vision for the Japanese society and would not allow certain themes and topics. Japan’s vertically integrated studio system which is one of the oldest of its kind, predating the Hollywood and European studios had managed to survive the war intact as movies were used as war propaganda during WWII. Ones the war was over the studios ‘films underwent extensive censorship in order to be released to the public. Samurai dramas and most films that had to do with the war were banned as they had themes of nobility and self sacrifice. What is more films that directly dealt with the war did not start coming out until after the occupation was over and the censorship was removed. Seen as many of Japan’s film makers had either been in the war or somehow affected by the bombings the aftermath of the Second World War would become a central theme in Japanese cinema. The effects of the war and capitulation can be seen resonating trough all major genres of the time. Gendai-geki were dramas set in contemporary time, which tended to feature the tough and unfair lives of Japanese citizens. Dark in their tone these films were a direct response to the capitulation of Japan as the loss of the war had a really bad impact on Japan’s people. Kaijū-eiga is a genre almost completely dedicated to the aftermath of nuclear tests and Jidai-geki or historical dramas featuring samurai became re-surfacing after the occupation albeit featuring some slightly different themes than they used to before the war.
The effects of the war on cinema can be seen quite clearly in Akira Kurasawa’s Rashomon(1950). What once might have been a heroic tale of battle and sacrifice is now filled with completely different themes in the post-war environment. In Rashomon we see the testimonies of different people who have witnessed the same event. They all tell completely different stories depending on their own personal interests. The film never...

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