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MACH Lecture Film


Admission requirements



This course explores the origins of cinema in Japan and its development up to the present day. It will look into cultural influences that shaped approaches to filmmaking as well as narrative conventions and genres. Attention will be paid to issues and problems of film study in relation to cinema from Japan, including the construction of the “Japaneseness” of Japanese films.

Course objectives

To develop knowledge of the course topic (Film in Japan) and the research and debates that have been central to it.
To develop general skills in the critical reading of and reflecting on academic texts.
To apply these skills to the course topic in the shape of analytical papers.


See timetable

Mode of instruction


Course load

Full course load is 140 hours:

  • Presence and participation: 26 hours

  • Reading: 60 hours

  • Preparation for postings: 26 hours

  • Paper: 28 hours

Assessment method

  • Assignments (postings): 50%

  • Paper (1,500 – 2,000 words): 50%
    The course grade will be based on the weighted average of all course elements, with the condition that all partial elements must have been completed successfully to receive a passing grade.


Yes; information regarding the course, uploading assignments. See Blackboard

Reading list

  • Donald Richie, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise History, Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2005 (paperback-edition).

  • The reader: see Blackbaord.


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