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Rising Sun, Divided LandJapanese and South Korean Filmmakers$
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Kate Taylor-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165853

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.001.0001

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Film Analysis

Film Analysis

Shara

沙羅双樹

Chapter:
(p.166) Film Analysis
Source:
Rising Sun, Divided Land
Author(s):

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.003.0014

This chapter analyzes Kawase Naomi's film Shara (Sharasojyu, 2003) about the disappearance of a young boy and his family's struggle to cope with the tragedy. While not as successful as Kawase's previous feature Moe no Suzaku or her later film Mogari no Mori, Shara presents many of the themes that are present in both of these more successful films. The importance of human connection and humanity is emphasized and the documentary feel allows the audience an intimacy that is often denied in modern cinema. Shara's gentle but emotional resonance offers a sense of the narrative of life as the traumatic tale of a missing child blends into a narrative of hope for the future.

Keywords:   Kawase Naomi, Japanese films, Japanese film directors, filmmakers, women directors, Shara, Sharasojyu

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