The Films of Kore-eda Hirokazu

An Elemental Cinema

  • Linda C. Ehrlich

Part of the East Asian Popular Culture book series (EAPC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  15. Back Matter
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About this book


The Films of Kore-eda Hirokazu: An Elemental Cinema draws readers into the first 13 feature films and 5 of the documentaries of award-winning Japanese film director Kore-eda Hirokazu. With his recent top prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters, Kore-eda is arguably Japan’s greatest living director with an international viewership. He approaches difficult subjects (child abandonment, suicide, marginality) with a realistic and compassionate eye.
The lyrical tone of the writing of Japanese film scholar Linda C. Ehrlich perfectly complements the understated, yet powerful, tone of the films. From An Elemental Cinema, readers will gain a special understanding of Kore-eda’s films through a novel connection to the natural elements as reflected in Japanese traditional aesthetics.
An Elemental Cinema presents Kore-eda’s oeuvre as a connected whole with overarching thematic concerns, despite frequent generic experimentation. It also offers an example of how the poetics of cinema can be practiced in writing, as well as on the screen, and helps readers understand the films of this contemporary director as works of art that relate to their own lives.


Kore-eda Hirokzu Japanese film Film director Poetics of cinema Family in Japanese film Nature in Japanese film Palme d’Or Oscar nominee Japanese traditional arts

Authors and affiliations

  • Linda C. Ehrlich
    • 1
  1. 1.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33050-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33051-4
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