I’ve decided to start work on my second Japanese Cinema essay instead of doing my kanji.
My essay is going to be on the sexual content of the film A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no Hebi). I haven’t actually seen the film… but I’ve done a lot of reading on it! We don’t get to choose any film we want, we’re offered a list of films and a list of questions which we then mix and match ourselves. My first essay was about Throne of Blood and its comparisons to Macbeth. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I suggest you do it right now. It’s a bit old school (skool?) but its Japanese Theatre (Noh) influences are pretty heavy and a bit creepy so I recommend it if you are a fan of Noh theatre.
From what I’ve read, A Snake of June is quite high in its sadomasochistic sexual content (a so called ‘Pink Film’) so I figure if I am allowed to write about graphic sex, then I’m gonna! The above image is taken from a scene in which the main protagonist has been pleasuring herself. Outside. In the rain.
My first choice of film essay topic was Daremo Shirinai (Nobody Knows). An incredibly touching film about a mother who abandons her 4 children in Tokyo (based on actual events). If you’re into Japanese family culture and the ie then that is a film worth watching as it shows you how the unconventional family in Japan is seen.
I’ll let you know how this pink film/ blue movie goes (the whole film has even been tinted in blue… dedication to the genre if I ever saw it).