Images of the Asia-Pacific War in selected feature films

Richard Mason, Rashila Ramli

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Abstract

The Asia-Pacific War, which raged between 1941 through 1945, had offered the film industry many themes to capitalize upon and exploit. This paper is an enquiry into the images of the Japanese-American War in epic war films; how the war was reconstructed in historical memory through the visual medium of feature films, focusing only on the American-Japanese conflict. The themes of the inquiry include the outbreak of the war; the attendant propaganda and the call to arms; selected battles during the course of the war; Japanese attitudes and treatment of their prisoners of war; and the deployment of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 which brought the Asia-Pacific War to an end. If war is an extension of politics by other means, to what extent are war films an extension of the war through other means?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRepresentations of War in Films and Novels
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Pages179-200
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783653060928
ISBN (Print)9783631669662
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2015

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Feature Films
Pacific War
Asia
Japanese Americans
War Films
Film Industry
Prisoners of War
Hiroshima
Epic
Historical Memory
Propaganda
Nagasaki
Visual Media
American War

Keywords

  • Feature Films
  • Images of war
  • Japan
  • Pacific War
  • United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Mason, R., & Ramli, R. (2015). Images of the Asia-Pacific War in selected feature films. In Representations of War in Films and Novels (pp. 179-200). Peter Lang AG. https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-653-06092-8

Images of the Asia-Pacific War in selected feature films. / Mason, Richard; Ramli, Rashila.

Representations of War in Films and Novels. Peter Lang AG, 2015. p. 179-200.

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Mason, R & Ramli, R 2015, Images of the Asia-Pacific War in selected feature films. in Representations of War in Films and Novels. Peter Lang AG, pp. 179-200. https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-653-06092-8
Mason R, Ramli R. Images of the Asia-Pacific War in selected feature films. In Representations of War in Films and Novels. Peter Lang AG. 2015. p. 179-200 https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-653-06092-8
Mason, Richard ; Ramli, Rashila. / Images of the Asia-Pacific War in selected feature films. Representations of War in Films and Novels. Peter Lang AG, 2015. pp. 179-200
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