An examination of 600 films produced and distributed between 1945 and 1964, as well as numerous Japanese-language sources, forms the basis of this rigorous study. Making Icons draws on an art-historical iconographic analysis to explain how viewers derive meanings from images during this peak period of film production and attendance in Japan.
—David Desser, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
‘This is a compelling book. I am excited by Jennifer Coates’s art-historically informed iconographic approach towards female representation in post-war Japanese cinema. Making Icons will certainly make a splash in the field of Japanese film studies.’
—Daisuke Miyao, Professor and the Hajime Mori Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, University of California, San Diego