Introduction to "Transcolonial Film Coproductions in the Japanese Empire"

Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto
Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Duke University
In front of Kyŏngsŏng Studio, c. 1934. Source: Korean Film Archive.
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Abstract

The articles in this special issue reflect a new and vibrant transnational milieu in which cultural productions under Japanese colonial rule are increasingly scrutinized from perspectives that exceed and often question uncomplicated narratives of national development, stagnation, or oppression, as well as the binary of collaboration versus resistance. Such works call our attention to the antinomies of modernity under Japanese colonial rule, including the often unexpected continuities between colonialism and nationalism, as well as other postcolonial legacies of the colonial era.