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Eroticism in Itami's "The Funeral" and "Tampopo": Juxtaposition and Symbolism

Zvika Serper
Cinema Journal
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Spring, 2003), pp. 70-95
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225905
Page Count: 26
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Eroticism in Itami's "The Funeral" and "Tampopo": Juxtaposition and Symbolism
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Abstract

Itami creates eroticism in "The Funeral" (1984) and "Tampopo" (1985) by combining traditional Japanese notions of aesthetics with a contemporary attitude toward the depiction of sex. Similar to their manifestations in other traditional and modern Japanese performing and visual arts, the shape and color of clothing, covering/uncovering of the body, and objects are juxtaposed to give them symbolic sexual meaning.

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