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dc.contributor.authorSeaton, Philip
dc.description.abstractWithin Japan’s contested memories of the Asia-Pacific War (1937-45), the depiction of soldiers, sailors and pilots in leading roles within cinematic/televisual representations of the war usually falls into one of three main patterns: ‘military heroes’ participating in a noble (albeit losing) war; ‘good Japanese’ facing down villainous militarists; and ‘victim-heroes’ suffering amidst the uncontrollable carnage of war. A recurrent trope, particularly within the representation of ‘victim-heroes’, is a focus on the soldier’s life and/or talents away from the military: the soldier as artist, scholar, lover, and athlete. Through a short history of sport in wartime Japan and six case studies of soldier-athletes – two with ‘inconvenient life histories’, two with ‘usable life histories’, and two (semi-)fictionalized characters – this chapter establishes how sport is used to humanize soldier characters and thereby pull the overall narrative of the film towards a pacifist message of the inhumanity of and suffering during war.
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dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBG General & world history
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBT History: specific events & topics::HBTB Social & cultural history
dc.subject.otherJapan; cinema; soldier-athlete; victim; representation; sport
dc.titleChapter 11 The Pathos of the Soldier-Athlete in Japanese Memories of the Asia-Pacific War
oapen.relation.isPartOfBookSport and the Pursuit of War and Peace from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
oapen.pages21 & Francis open access titles are reviewed as a minimum at proposal stage by at least two external peer reviewers and an internal editor (additional reviews may be sought and additional content reviewed as required).
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