Zwischen verlorener Heimat und Betonwüste : Großstadtdarstellungen in japanischen Filmen der achtziger und neunziger Jahre
The article addresses the depiction of cities in Japanese films made during the 1980s and 1990s which deal with contemporary subjects. It analyzes how cities are represented and how they function in these films. The study comes to three conclusions: First, city images are used to express the negative parts of life and the depressed spirits of the people. This is in contrast to the depiction of the countryside, which is portrayed as rural spaces embodying the positive nature of life and the people. Second, city images are used as metaphors which express the condition of aimless, human souls. Protagonists walk through the cities without any orientation. This is reflected through the use of skyscrapers and monotonous streets. Third, Japanese comedies often use stereotypes of the city. Their humor is based on the viewers’ understanding of these stereotypes.