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The Production of Imperialized Bodies: Colonial Taiwan’s Film Regulations and Propaganda Films

  • Mamie Misawa
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Abstract

This chapter outlines the wartime film regulations set up by the Taiwan Government-General. It uses the newly discovered propaganda films Taiwan Patriotic Labor Youth Corps (1941) and Civilian Training Center in Tainan Prefecture (1943) produced in colonial Taiwan by the Japanese as main examples, pointing out the anonymity and synchronism in the films which seem to have awkwardly imitated the aesthetics of Riefenstahl’s works to create a “rhythm” for the mobilization. It then analyzes Taiwanese writer Zhou Jinbo’s short story “Assistant Instructor,” demonstrating the gaze in the propaganda films, which depict the colonizers’ “desirable” images and their neglect of Taiwanese young men’s feelings, is identical to the cruel gaze of the colonizers that Zhou’s work captures accurately.

Keywords

Propaganda film Wartime film regulations Taiwan Government-General Zhou Jinbo Imperialization Mobilization 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author would like to acknowledge the KAKENHI funding support (Nos. 20652050 and 23510328) for this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mamie Misawa
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  1. 1.Department of Chinese Language and CultureCollege of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon UniversityTokyoJapan

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