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Shapes of Nikkei Feelings: Tizuka Yamasaki's Cinema of Emotion in the Millennium Films

Takada, Emy (2021) Shapes of Nikkei Feelings: Tizuka Yamasaki's Cinema of Emotion in the Millennium Films. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation is the first critical study that examines the millennium work of Brazilian filmmaker Tizuka Yamasaki, particularly the four films that she produced, directed, and released since 2000--Gaijin, Love Me as I Am (2005), Xuxa in the Mystery of Feiurinha (2009), Aparecida: The Miracle (2010), and Encantados (2014). They are all representative of a style that has often characterized Tizuka’s work--one that evokes the feelings of the heart. Thus, the frequent allusion to her first films of the 1980s as Cinema of Emotion. Here, I discuss how the place of emotion in Tizuka’s millennium work invites us to reconsider the legacy of Cinema of Emotion by exploring how her Japanese Brazilian, or Nikkei, heritage influences the way feelings take shape in her work. In doing so, I expand the scope of Cinema of Emotion by redefining it from a cinematic style to an intellectual practice that confronts racial, ethnical, cultural, and epistemological markers and the limits of emotion. In the end, Tizuka’s millennium films reveal a long-lived cinematic testimony of how feelings take form from a Nikkei perspective and invokes novel engagement among Brazilians.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Takada, Emyemytakada@pitt.eduelt47
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston, Danieldaniel.balderston@pitt.edudbalder
Committee MemberSotomayor-Miletti, Aurea Maríaams389@pitt.eduams389
Committee MemberRivera, Serenaser86@pitt.eduser86
Committee MemberSmith, Terrytes2@pitt.edutes2
Date: 8 October 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 July 2021
Approval Date: 8 October 2021
Submission Date: 2 August 2021
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 303
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brazilian, Japanese, Japanese Brazilian filmmaker, Tizuka Yamasaki, Brazilian cinema, gaijin, Xuxa, Aparecida, encantados, feelings, emotion, affect theory, Cinema of Emotion, Cinema Novo, millennium films, Nikkei
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2021 19:50
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2022 05:15


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