David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies
Is there continuity between theatrical spectatorship and cinematic experience? In light of the traditional theatre of kabuki, this essay proposes that residues of theatrical spectatorship exist in Japanese films. Drawing on a description of audience behavior in kabuki, “objectified spectatorship” in Japanese film has a historical antecedent in Japanese traditional theatre. The current thesis argues for crossovers between media of different historical periods and between East-West modes of representation.
Davis, Darrell William. Saving Face: Spectator and Spectacle in Japanese Theatre and Film. Hong Kong: David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, 2004. LEWI Working Paper Series no 30.