This course will introduce students to the political and sociological histories of Japan through the lens of select pre- and post-World War II Japanese films, including animé. Study of major film directors, genres, or historical and cultural events may constitute the focus of the course. Instructional methods will include lectures, discussions, readings, film screenings, presentations, and research papers. This course may be used to satisfy an elective requirement for the English major. Satisfies a requirement for a minor in Asian studies.