- 美学 (ISSN:05200962)
- vol.63, no.1, pp.109-120, 2012-06-30 (Released:2017-05-22)
Hanakosan (1943, TOHO, MAKINO Masahiro) was made into a film from comic serials by SUGIURA Yukio published in a magazine, that is, Jugo no Hanakosan (Hanako-san at the Home Front, 1938-1939), Hanayome Hanakosan (Hanako-san, the Bride, 1939-1940), Hanakosan Ikka (Hanako-san and Her Family, 1940-1945). As for the past evaluations of Hanakosan, many critics and researchers have pointed out that it was a thoroughly light and joyful musical comedy, influenced by Busby Berkeley films, against the national policy under the wartime. I would like to send back Hanakosan into the historical context of the politics during the period, and clarify elements of a "superb" war propaganda that were forgotten in a process in which the film became a myth. And I would like to elucidate that this war propaganda is formed in a dimension even beyond a director himself and the state power.