Fuyuhiko Kitagawa

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Fuyuhiko Kitagawa
北川 冬彦
Fuyuhiko Kitagawa in 1941
Born (1900-07-03)July 3, 1900
Died June 12, 1990(1990-06-12) (aged 89)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Poet, film critic

Fuyuhiko Kitagawa (北川 冬彦 Kitagawa Fuyuhiko?) (3 July 1900 - 12 June 1990) was a Japanese poet and film critic. His real name was Tadahiko Taguro. While born in Shiga Prefecture, he was raised in Manchukuo in China due to his father's work on the South Manchurian Railway,[1] and then graduated from Tokyo University.[2] He began publishing his own poetry in Manchukuo in 1924 and his work was influenced by that colonial context.[1] His work was praised by Riichi Yokomitsu,[3] and he became a prominent figure in modernist poetry in Japan, pursuing especially prose poetry. Kitagawa was also a well-known film critic, one who especially praised the work of Mansaku Itami (the father of Juzo Itami), calling it a new, realistic "prose cinema" (sanbun eiga) in opposition to the old "poetic cinema" (inbun eiga) of Sadao Yamanaka, Daisuke Itō, and others. He was a champion of neorealism in the postwar era.[2]

He was a standard-bearer of the Scenario-Literature-Movement. He, Shuzo Takiguchi, Akira Asano and other members formed a group called 'Ten Scenario-Researchers'. They advocated the movement from a standpoint considering a scenario a literary genre.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Gardner, William O. (1999). "Colonialism and the Avant-Garde: Kitagawa Fuyuhiko's Manchurian Railway". Stanford Humanities Review. 7 (1). 
  2. ^ a b "Kitagawa Fuyuhiko". Nihon jinmei daijiten. Kodansha. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kitagawa Fuyuhiko". Rekishi ga nemuru Tama Reien. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  4. ^ The page57 of Kitagawa's book 'Charms Of Scenarios(Shinario No Miryoku シナリオの魅力)' published by Shakai-Shiso-Kenkyukai-Shuppambu(1953),in an essay titled 'Future of Scenario-Literature-Movement(シナリオ文学運動の将来性)'
  5. ^ On the page18 about 'The Call of the Wild (1935 film)'directed by William A. Wellman of 'Reports on pure cinema' and the page62 of 'Charms of scenarios'
  6. ^ aozora-bunko
  7. ^ Charms of Scenarios

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