“Truth and Limitations: Japanese Media and Disasters”

Today I got my copy of Mithani, F., and Kirsch, G., (eds.), 2022, Handbook of Japanese Media and Popular Culture in Transition… I have a chapter in this book… Japan has a long history of disaster narratives, and this chapter considers five (Kuraimāzu Hai (Climber’s High) (2005), Kuraimāzu Hai (Climber’s High) (2008), One-no-Kanata-ni (Inseparable Souls:…

Nuclear Imagery and Looking for Movies and TV Programmes

As part of my research on Visual Packaging Culture and also for a conference paper (see Splitting Atomic Symbolism: Differing Words, Images, and Sounds of a Nuclear World), and building on my previous work on disaster movies (see, for example, Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?) I am watching a number of movies and…

“The Divide” – A Disaster Movie at Its Worst

As noted in my work on disaster narratives – for example see  “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” – there is no ‘Disaster’ genre per se. This means that when I have been doing my studies, as well as new movies that would fit with in my studies coming out still, I sometimes come…

Preferring Live Action over Anime – Hadashi-no-Gen

Over the past week, for work on my the conference paper I will give in May (see Splitting Atomic Symbolism: Differing Words, Images, and Sounds of a Nuclear World), I have re-watched Hadashi-no-Gen (はだしのゲン) (Barefoot Gen) (dir. Masaki, 1983), watched Hadashi-no-Gen 2 (Barefoot Gen 2) (dir. Hirata, 1986) and watched Hadashi-no-Gen (Barefoot Gen) (dir. Nishiura…

“Special Bulletin” – A Special TV Movie that Needs a Remake

As well as re-watching Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (as I discussed in “Anyway we delivered the bomb” – Telling the Story of the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis), I have also re-watched another TV movie, “Special Bulletin” recently. I have already done one post about “Special Bulletin“, so won’t…