I would support renaming Medieval Japan
But as far as Jidaigeki goes:
If we use the word to mean anything other than a Japanese Period Drama
set in the Edo period of Japan or earlier, we would be misleading our readers by using it in a different way than the rest of the world uses the term.
This is no different than making a distinction between The Western
as a broader category and the Spaghetti Western
as a specific category of The Western
as defined by the fact that the Spaghetti Western
is made by Italians and normally has a somewhat different set of conventions that previous traditional Westerns.
Please remember folks, that our job is to be descriptive, not proscriptive. Just because some folks don't see the difference between Anime and Bugs Bunny
cartoons, and just because some folks don't see the difference between Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
and Seven Samurai
, doesn't mean that the culture as a whole and the storytelling industry in particular doesn't make these distinctions and use different terms to describe these things.
Jidaigeki (時代劇?) is a genre of film, television, and theatre in Japan. Literally "period dramas", they are most often set during the Edo period of Japanese history, from 1603 to 1868. Some, however, are set much earlier—Portrait of Hell, for example, is set during the late Heian period—and the early Meiji era is also a popular setting. Jidaigeki show the lives of the samurai, farmers, craftsmen, and merchants of their time. Jidaigeki films are sometimes referred to as chambara movies, a word meaning "sword fight", though chambara is more accurately a sub-genre of jidageki. Jidaigeki rely on an established set of dramatic conventions including the use of makeup, language, catchphrases, and plotlines.
EDIT PS: I made some preliminary changes to the description of Jidai Geki
. Are these satisfactory, or does anyone have any suggestions for more changes?
Also, I think that not only do we need a new name for the trope described by Medieval Japan
, but that the term Medieval Japan
should be a redirect to Feudal Japan
, because the latter term is more commonly used.
should, instead of being a redirect to Jidai Geki
, be turned into either a disambiguation, or a history Useful Notes
page like the Meiji Restoration
edited 29th Aug '13 6:27:12 AM by Catbert