Composition and Deconstruction of Spaces Depicted in Shinji Somai’s Films

  • Naomi AndoEmail author
  • Motoharu Taneda
  • Shota Ishii
  • Nobuhiro Yamahata
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 809)


This paper is a study of the spatial representations depicted in the films of the Japanese filmmaker Shinji Somai (1948–2001), who often used long takes. This study examines the characteristics of the long takes in his works. On the one hand, the spaces are rigorously constructed in order to integrate several elements into the scenes, but at the same time, spatial complexities and contradictions, which may be regarded as deconstructed spaces, are considered to appear. Moreover, the analogy between the spaces in films and architecture is discussed.


Long takes Shinji Somai Film Architecture Deconstruction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naomi Ando
    • 1
    Email author
  • Motoharu Taneda
    • 1
  • Shota Ishii
    • 1
  • Nobuhiro Yamahata
    • 2
  1. 1.Hosei UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Tohoku University of Art and DesignYamagataJapan

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