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Japanese Film and Culture

Conducted in English


​In this series lecture seminar, you will take an extensive look at the film world in Japan with specific attention to Japanese film history, promotion, and production.  The course director and key lecturer, Mr. Ariyoshi, President of Magic Hour, Inc., and the founder of The Film Academy at Magic Hour, is a highly experienced and practiced independent film promoter, distributer, and producer.  Other course highlights include a personalized guided tour of Toho Film Studio (the studio for Akira Kurosawa’s films, among them Seven Samurai, as well as Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla) by its former President and head of the Japan Academy Award Committee, Mr. Tomiyama.  You will receive lectures on sub-genres of Japanese film to include anime and avant-garde from leading producers and/or directors.  You will learn about soundtrack composition and sound editing versus mixing in film.  By course-end, you should have a healthy respect for the professionalism, artistry, and skill that defines the Japanese film industry.    
No prior film experience or knowledge of Japanese or Japanese film is required. 

Note: Group Airfare will be arranged for this program. ​



Culture program syllabus

Location: Tokyo, Japan

NY departure and return dates: January 1-24, 2016

Arrive in Tokyo January 2nd for transfer to Culture Program site

Course: 3
 credits, Media Studies

Faculty: The Film Academy at Magic Hour

Housing: Dormitory style with communal bathrooms and showers

                            Program Costs:

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3456

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $825

Queens College program fee: $400 

Travel insurance: $45

Consolidated fee (includes Housing, cultural events, and students fees): $2186

Not included in the above cost:

Airfare: $1600 (estimate)

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $25 to $30 per day.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2015

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
King Hall, Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad​

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