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.
David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies
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.