Art & Design

Third Thursday Lecture: From Manga to Movies: Art in Contemporary Japanese Cinema

21 June 2012, Norwich

Dr Rayna Denison

Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia

Venue: Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH


Japanese cinema offers one of the world’s most well-developed and longstanding traditions of art cinema. From the explosion of Japanese cinema on the global film festival scene in the 1950s, Japanese films have been considered among the greatest films in world cinema. However, more recently it has been Japan’s popular cinema that has intrigued audiences and scholars alike, with the rise of J-horror and anime providing new avenues for conceptualising Japanese cinema. This talk asks a simple question: where is art in Japanese cinema now? In doing so, it runs that gamut of contemporary Japanese filmmaking examining the high and popular art forms used to inspire Japanese films. From popular manga source materials made into art cinema, from Superflat art to anime, this talk seeks to question how we imagine the relationship between art and film in Japan, opening up a range of new possibilities for seeing movies (and the manga on which they are based) in relation to earlier artist traditions in Japanese filmmaking.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.


To avoid disappointment you are advised to reserve a seat by contacting the Institute, stating your name, the number of seats required and a contact telephone number or e-mail address.


ENTRY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED AFTER 6.00PM. We regret that there is no parking available in The Close.

To book a seat email us at or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. Unless indicated otherwise the lectures are held at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH.

21 June 2012, 18:00
Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH

Tel: 01603 624349

Fax: 01603 625011




Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures