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The Tsunami of the Pandemic in the Context of Japanese Cinema

The Tsunami of the Pandemic in the Context of Japanese Cinema
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Author(s): Maria Roberta Novielli (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Copyright: 2024
Pages: 13
Source title: Transformed Communication Codes in the Mediated World: A Contemporary Perspective
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hasan Gürkan (Girona University, Spain)and Aybike Serttaş (Istinye University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/979-8-3693-0896-7.ch006


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The COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the film industry in Japan. One of the main problems involved small cinemas in large urban centers. As soon as it became clear that the closure of the cinemas would lead to the collapse of the small ones, many directors and authors immediately mobilised with various initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the risk of this serious loss and urging the government to support them. The temporary closures of small theatres gave way to various alternative solutions, such as online projection channels and the revival of drive-ins, but the most interesting phenomenon is the intensification of film productions by mini-theatre operators themselves. Of the unstoppable Japanese film production of the last few years, some films have centered on stories related to the pandemic and have told of the discomfort during the emergency. This chapter aims to take a snapshot of the situation of Japanese cinema since the beginning of the pandemic, noting some of the main problems and elements of probable continuity in future productions.

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