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Japan in Spain. Japanese Culture through Spanish Eyes in the Film Gisaku

Department of Theory of Languages and Communication Sciences, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
Received: 7 September 2018 / Revised: 18 November 2018 / Accepted: 24 November 2018 / Published: 28 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Japanese Transnational Cinema)
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Gisaku (2005), by Baltasar Pedrosa, is a unique Spanish movie that was produced to sell the Spanish country brand to visitors attending the Spanish Pavilion at Expo Aichi 2005. It is a cartoon feature production that builds a fantastic plot combining the Expo’s theme, the Spanish institutional objective of showing a good image of the country, and the aim of pleasing the target. This paper focuses on the last issue, more specifically on the narrative and production strategies of transcultural exchange developed to attract the Japanese audience. We analyze the movie from a discursive perspective. It is our hypothesis that Gisaku tries to empathize with its target by constructing a certain representation of the Japanese national culture the features of which come from an imagery of Japan negotiated in both traditional and renewed ways from Spain. It is a hybrid anime that deals with transnational representations of the Japanese national identity. View Full-Text
Keywords: cartoon movie; Japan and Spain; transnational imagery cartoon movie; Japan and Spain; transnational imagery
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Pérez, R.M. Japan in Spain. Japanese Culture through Spanish Eyes in the Film Gisaku. Arts 2018, 7, 93.

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