Eun Jeong Choi
My research concerns cinema culture and filmic experience in Japan from the late colonial period through the post war. For my master thesis in the University of Tokyo, I studied Japanese national film archives and their national and local narratives. I tried to discern how the film archives were devoted to reconstructing collective national or local identities by conducting their own localized film screenings, restoration projects, education, and research for their community members in comparison with other “memory sites” such as museums and archives for written works. For further research, I will primarily focus on the distinctive visual and filmic experience between urban and rural areas in the postwar period and filmic representations in relation to Modernization, Americanization, and re-militarization of the time.