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"The Aesthetic of Montage in the Films of Kamei Fumio"

Cinema Studies. 2015. No. 10. P. 4-27.

This paper approaches the problem of cultural exchange in cinema by considering the work of a prominent Japanese documentary filmmaker Kamei Fumio (1908-1987). Prior to becoming a film director, Kamei spent two and a half years living in the Soviet Union (1929-1931) and later continued to play an important role as a cultural mediator between the two countries. While it is widely acknowledged that Kamei’s interest in editing was prompted by his visit to the USSR, it has never been entirely determined just how his study abroad experience influenced his future filmmaking.This paper aims to identify the points of contiguity between Kamei’s films and his supposed Soviet “inspirers” by conducting a close textual analysis of Kamei’s wartime documentaries: Shanghai (1938), Peking (1938), Fighting Soldiers (1939) and Kobayashi Issa (1941) – and comparing them to influential Soviet films to which Kamei was exposed in 1929-1931.