- 生活科学研究 = Bulletin of Living Science (ISSN:02852454)
- vol.40, pp.33-42, 2018-03-30
For many Japanese, it seems to be difficult to assume that growing success of Nollywood would be in relation with some “SFX” techniques for mysterious teleport and magical transforming, which resonate so much with the audiences in local contexts. This article examines recent 31 Yoruba Nollywood movies which were selected randomly from the online guide of the AM Yoruba. 22 contents out of the 31 include mysterious or magical scenes and 6 are peculiarly involved with “money rituals”. 9 are without any magical setting and more than half of them focus on domestic problems which are familiar with Japanese audiences. But many contents with magical scenes, too, raise issues for family relationships. The article explores common features and differences between the two kinds of contents and suggests that those movies which contain mysterious settings would dramatize ordinary issues with very localized idioms although they reflect harsh situation or crisis of everyday life.