Session 30—Wed, April 4: Japanese (Tokyo) film: Dolls (screening then discussion), Second session
Topics for this session
❖ Recent cinema from Japan (Tokyo): Dolls, second session of four
Overall, persistent topics for this film:
- Layering: Non-linearity in timelines (Overall structure of telling three stories at the same time. Then, at the level of each story: Primary story is non-linear; Secondary story #1 (mafia) is past-oriented; Secondary story #2 is perhaps linear but close to static).
- Faithfulness/bonds/fate : Does this movie explore love as faithfulness or love as unbreakable bond or inescapable bond (fate) and do any of these positions grounded in Confucianism or Buddhism?
- Nihilism: If the "worldview" is fundamentally nihilistic, what is the status of love?
- Comparisons: role of memories in 2046 and Dolls (story-to-story differences / country-to-country differences)
- Comparisons: Dreaminess in Dolls and Genji.
- Comparisons: What is love? — in Dolls and Genji.
- Common elements across the three romantic narratives relevant to the above "persistent" topics.
Spring 2012 students: see announcement of March 28
DVD menu scenes 8-13 (0:36:33-1:17:42, elapsed time 0:41)
The entire film is screened in class. If you have missed a class session, the movie is available as follows:
- Media Resources Center (Moffitt): DVD 5994
Required—to be completed for today's session
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✓ Dolls: Second session questions (scene summaries optional)
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