Aroma of Enchantment

1992 | 00:55:00 | Japan / United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Documentary, Expedition/Travel, Humor

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Aroma of Enchantment is a video essay investigating the fascination Japanese teenagers have for the America of the 1950s and '60s, sporting bobby socks and hair soaked with Brylcreem. Weaving together historical anecdotes about General Douglas MacArthur and his own feelings of alienation in the midst of Japanese culture, Lord focuses on stories told by collectors of American memorabilia in Japan and advocates of Americanization. The tape is at turns funny and wistful as it attempts to come to terms with issues of cultural displacement and Western cultural influence in the 1990s.