Shigehiko Hasumi

Shigehiko Hasumi
Born (1936-04-29) April 29, 1936
Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Film critic
Language Japanese, French, English
Education University of Tokyo
Period 1974-present
Spouse Chantal Van Melkebeke
Children Shigeomi Hasumi

Shigehiko Hasumi (also styled Shiguehiko or Shiguéhiko) (蓮實 重彦 Hasumi Shigehiko) (born 29 April 1936 in Roppongi, Tokyo) is a film critic and an academic researcher on French literature from Japan. He was president of the University of Tokyo from 1997 to 2001.[1][2]

Life and work

Hasumi's father Shigeyasu was a professor at Kyoto University. His wife Chantal Van Melkebeke is a teacher from Belgium.[3]

Hasumi was influential in introducing French post-structuralist theory to Japan,[4] and was himself influenced by such French thinkers as Gilles Deleuze.[5] He has written on the film directors Yasujiro Ozu, Sadao Yamanaka, John Ford, Howard Hawks, and Jean Renoir.[6] He promoted such new directors as Takeshi Kitano.[7] Several of his students, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Shinji Aoyama, Kunitoshi Manda,[8] Masayuki Suo, and Makoto Shinozaki, have gone on to become filmmakers.[9]

His personal name has been spelt variously as Shigehiko, the standard Hepburn romanization, Shiguehiko and Shiguéhiko on his publications. For example, his biography of Yasujiro Ozu features the name Shiguéhiko on both the original Japanese and the French translation,[10][11] whereas many translations of his books feature the form Shigehiko.[12]

Selected bibliography


  1. "University presidents of the past". University of Tokyo. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  2. "Past University presidents". University of Tokyo. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  3. Mouchart, Benoît (2002). À l'ombre de la ligne claire: Jacques Van Melkebeke, le clandestin de la B.D. Paris: Vertige Graphic. ISBN 2-908981-71-8.
  4. Kodama, Sanhide; Inoue Ken (1997). "Postmodernism in Japan". In Johannes Willem Bertens, Douwe Fokkema. International Postmodernism: Theory and Literary Practice. J. Benjamins. p. 521. ISBN 9027234434.
  5. Cook, Ryan. "An Impaired Eye: Hasumi Shigehiko on Cinema and Stupidity". Review of Japanese Culture and Society. 22: 130–143.
  6. Sharp, Jasper (2011). Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 78.
  7. Gerow, Aaron (2007). Kitano Takeshi. British Film Institute. pp. 42–47.
  8. Nozaki, Kan (2011). Andrew, Dudley, ed. Opening Bazin. Oxford University Press. p. 327.
  9. Gerow, Aaron (2007). Kitano Takeshi. British Film Institute. p. 44.
  10. Hasumi, Shiguéhiko (2003). Kantoku Ozu Yasujiro [Director Yasujiro Ozu] (in Japanese) (Enlarged and definitive ed.). Chikuma Shobo. ISBN 4-480-87341-4.
  11. "Yazujiro Ozu - Shiguéhiko Hasumi". Fnac. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  12. Hasumi, Shigehiko (2008). Godaru Mane Fuko [Godard Manet Foucault] (in Japanese). NTT publishing. ISBN 978-4-7571-4201-5.

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