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Mechademia 7Lines of Sight$
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Frenchy Lunning

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680498

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.001.0001

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Audiovisual Redundancy and Remediation in Ninja bugeichō

Audiovisual Redundancy and Remediation in Ninja bugeichō

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(p.249) Audiovisual Redundancy and Remediation in Ninja bugeichō
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Mechademia 7
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Yuriko Furuhata

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.003.0013

The term eizō (“image”), which is often translated as “moving image,” also encompasses the still image medium of photography. The 1950s and the 1960s saw a sudden proliferation of the term, indicating a symptomatic oscillation between the desire to define cinema exclusively in terms of its medium specificity and the desire to theorize cinema through its relation to other media, including television. This chapter examines Ōshima Nagisa’s film Ninja bugeichō (Band of Ninja, 1967) in order to shed light on how the tension around the medium specificity of cinema in the age of multiple eizō or image-based media played out in actual filmmaking practice. The analysis focuses on the formal characteristics of redundancy and intermediality in Ninja bugeichō and its resonance with the theory of avant-garde documentary.

Keywords:   eizō, moving image, still image, photography, cinema, image-based media

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