The DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES presents:
DENSHA OTOKO (TRAIN MAN)
Train Man (2005) is based on a purportedly real event on a Tokyo train. It transformed an online "otaku" subculture into a mainstream trend. This phenomenon marked the intersection between digital media and social networks, producing a new ideal masculinity at a key moment of internet expansion. Train Man, in short, developed a new romantic male hero in Japanese popular culture, who was otherwise deemed awkward, unattractive, or weak. The film reveals the process in which an online generation collectively constructed peculiar forms of gender ideals in postwar Japan. The legacy of Train Man still prevails even today in Japan and beyond, making Akihabara - a sacred space for "otaku" - a popular tourist spot.
This event is free and open only to Lehigh students/faculty/staff.
Light refreshments will be served after the film.
Be sure to catch all of the films in this year’s MLL International Film Series:
October 3 White Material (French)
October 5 Densha Otoko/Train Man (Japanese)
October 10 My Perestroika (Russian)
October 19 The Story of Qiu Ju (Chinese)
October 24 Where Do We Go Now? (Arabic)
October 26 La Jaula de Oro/The Golden Dream (Spanish)
October 31 Phoenix (German)