[READING RESPONSE] William M. Tsutsui

Oh No, There Goes Tokyo After reading the article, I realized how films would be affected by history and it will also change people’s thinking or even cultures. This article focuses on disaster films in Tokyo, Japan. The question raised: why there are so many disaster movies emerge frequently in Japan? The most obvious aim is to record Japanese history. Japan was situated in such traumas, so not only disaster movies but also movies in different genres were affected by it. To face the fear, the phenomenon of more and more disaster movies’ big fans also reflects that people try

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[Reading Response: William M. Tsutsui]

After learning about the reasons for the popularity of monster films in Japan, I could not help but reflect on what it is about a movie that attracts the audience’s attention. In the past, I would say that it is the admiration for trends, the artistic expression of beauty, and the empathy for the story. Now I still think so, but there is a unified standard above them – the spirit of the film. Monster films have endured in Japan, at first because their lives were greatly affected by the mushroom cloud, and later as an artistic communication of such

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Reading Response: Nezar AlSayyed

The phrase that impressed me the most in this reading material is “male gaze”. Similarly, the first two movies involved in this text all reflect the unfair situation between male and female, because the male protagonists always play a voyueristic role, while women are the ones to be controlled. Combine with a bunch of 1970s movies that Eunice mentioned in lecture 3, the images of working-class women in Hong Kong reflect the awakening of women. For example, females can also have a heroic position in the movie as men, or they can overcome challenges under very difficult circumstances. However, back

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Reading Response: Ackbar Abbas

While Abbas introduced the invisible city and generic city in the reading, I was hooked on the concept of Generic city, a strangely interesting and vague term to me. A city with something of anything, but also nothing: No characteristic, no history, identity nor iconic shape. The movie clip shown in the tutorial from The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) clearly justified the idea. We cannot identify which city or countries the characters were in. Just a normal and crowded station. Hong Kong as an international city is also generic to some extent. Think about any Central Business District of the developed

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