Japan is home to millions of individuals. All of them with different beliefs, religions, and traditions. Japan has a long and influential visual arts history. More specifically, the Japanese film industry has had a large influence on the cinematic world stage. Due to Japans tragic and destructive history, several different categories of society were affected. Their economic industry and visual arts industry are just some examples. Japans history has had consequences on both its social and political sectors. These reactions/repercussions can be seen in Japans film industry. In my paper, I will be looking at the political and social issues involved in the movies Spirited Away and Roshamon. The repercussions of World War 2 are important in understanding both of these Japanese films. The women portrayed in these films are both respected and docile. Moreover, the genres of these films have had a lasting effect on society.
The first movie that I will examine is Spirited Away. Spirited Away was released in Japan in 2001, and was directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away follows the story of Chihiro as she tries to free her parents after they were turned into pig’s due to their greed. The family enters the spirit world and leaves Chihiro to go into a Japanese bath house in order to free her parents. From her adventures, Chihiro grows from a spoiled/whiney child, into an independent young woman. Director Miyazaki grew up in the post- World War 2 era. This upbringing is