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Media Fantasies: Women, Mobility, and Silent-Era Japanese Ballad Films


This article examines images of suffering women as the locus for fantasies of mobility in two silent-era Japanese ballad films (kouta eiga), Gion Ballad (Kanemori Banshō, 1930) and Misasa Ballad (Hitomi Kichinosuke, 1929), tracing the various forms of “displacement” that organize their intermedial construction and their depictions of the uneven geography of modernizing Japan.