• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course aims to train the eyes of the participants into seeing the intricacies of film making and viewing. Students will be shown the various ways to look at film, and use it to learn about Korean and Japanese societies both through the eyes of directors, and those of their audiences. We will use the following themes to explore a number of issues: the popularity of ghost stories, buddy movies, the importance of Confucianism and Shintoism, gender relations, political issues, national and personal identity, alienation and the modern versus tradition.

Theme 1: General Introduction to Film Studies; Theoretical Framework; Historical Overview of Japanese and Korean Cinema

Theme 2: Sound

Theme 3: Cinematography

Theme 4: Scenario

Theme 5: War and Colonialism

Theme 6: Beautifying Rural Life

Theme 7: Social Critique

Theme 8: Anime and Crossing Boundaries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will gain an understanding of the defining characteristics of Korean and Japanese cinema, and have experience in discussing the popular practical and theoretical paradigms that apply in film studies. They will examine the historical, social and cultural environments that produced the films studied and use this knowledge to develop their critical thinking.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus

Indicative Assessment

Attendance, tutorial question preparation and participation in class discussions (15%), seminar presentation (15%), essay of 2,500 words (40%) and final exam (30%)  

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39 contact hours per semester, excluding weekly film viewing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of any courses.

Prescribed Texts

eBrick will be available




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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