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Hello Class!

I have LARYNGITIS  and have been ordered by my doctor to not speak for a couple of days.

So I can’t answer any of your questions today and will not be having office hours this week but please feel free to e-mail me at hayashi@yorku.ca with 3610D in the subject line and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Also I have 2 copies of the film Hiroshima, Nagasaki, 1945 for Candice and Kent who turned in proposals about the film. If anyone else is interested in using the film please get a copy from your classmates and return to me next week.

Next week’s class on Anime will probably be the most fun and attendance is mandatory. Your final papers are due next week at the beginning of class. Please make sure you come to class on time, paper in hand! Papers turned into the drop box even on May 13 will considered late. For articles in the course packet, use standard reference format but instead of the book or journal title use (Course Packet). If you have any questions please e-mail me.

Today we’ll be watching Suzuki Seijun’s classic, Branded to Kill. We’ll have our short presentations before the film but instead of discussion I would like you to post comments on the film and reading on the blog after class.

Although made within the studio system, Branded to Kill (1967) is an eccentric and psychosexual take on the gangster genre. Loosely about a hitman who misses his target and becomes the target of the top killer of the mob, the film noir cinematography, avantgarde editing, and fetish for the smell of boiled white rice of the protagonist led to Suzuki’s firing from the Nikkatsu Studios. A movement protesting his firing mobilized the artists, writers and cinephiles of the late sixties.

Thanks for your understanding today and looking forward to your blog comments.


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