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Making IconsRepetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964$
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Jennifer Coates

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208999

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208999.001.0001

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Post-war Stars and the Japanese Studio System

Post-war Stars and the Japanese Studio System

(p.33) 1 Post-war Stars and the Japanese Studio System
Making Icons

Jennifer Coates

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 1 describes the structure of the post-war Japanese studio and star systems. The concept of star persona is introduced, blending the work of film theorist Richard Dyer with contemporary Japanese magazine and newspaper accounts of individual stars. The media construction of the personae of popular post-war stars are explored as a means to understand how wartime and pre-war conduct and activities could be sutured into a post-war public persona compliant with the demands of the occupation censors. The Tōhō studio strikes (1946-1948) are explored as historical background for the positioning of film stars as larger than life ‘every persons.’ Case studies include the star personae of Hara Setsuko, Misora Hibari, and Yamaguchi Yoshiko.

Keywords:   Star, studio, actress, star persona, strike, Hara Setsuko, Misora Hibari, Yamaguchi Yoshiko

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