American-Japanese Film Co-productions from Shogun (1980) to Lost in Translation (2003)
This chapter discusses the experiences of filmmakers and crews who worked on two international co-productions filmed in Japan: the film and TV series adapted from James Clavell's Shogun and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. Produced over 20 years apart, a period of radical global change separates these two films. Both projects were initiated by English-speaking producers and filmed entirely on location in Japan with different degrees of Japanese financial, technical, and creative participation. Through an analysis of how differently the Japanese and American filmmakers and crews experienced these two international film productions in Japan in each historical context, the chapter aims to illustrate the changes in the subjectivities of filmmakers and crews, as well as changes in filmmaking practices before and after the economic globalization that took place in the late 1980s and 1990s.
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