Hundred Years of Japanese Film A Concise History, with a Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos

ISBN-10: 4770029950

ISBN-13: 9784770029959

Edition: Revised 

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The authoritative guide to Japanese film, completely revised and updated. Now available in paperback for the first time, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie, the foremost Western expert on Japanese film, gives us an incisive, detailed, and fully illustrated history of the country's cinema. Called "the dean of Japan's arts critics" by Time magazine, Richie takes us from the inception of Japanese cinema at the end of the nineteenth century, through the achievements of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu, then on to the notable works of contemporary filmmakers. This revised edition includes analyses of the latest trends in Japanese cinema, such as the revival of the horror genre, and introduces today's up-and-coming directors and their works. As Paul Schrader writes in his perceptive foreword, Richie's accounting of the Japanese film "retains his sensitivity to the actual circumstances of film production (something filmmakers know very well but historians often overlook) . . . and shows the interweave of filmmaking-the contributions of directors, writers, cinematographers, actors, musicians, art directors, as well as financiers." Of primary interest to those who would like to watch the works introduced in these pages, Richie has provided capsule reviews of the major subtitled Japanese films commercially available in DVD and VHS formats. This guide has been updated to include not only the best new movie releases, but also classic films available in these formats for the first time.
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Kodansha America, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 319
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.276

Paul Schrader is a screenwriter (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and director (Affliction, Mishima, American Gigolo). He lives in New York City.

A Concise History of Japanese Film
Beginnings and the Benshi
Film, Theater, and Actors
Realism and Reality
Western Influences
Shingeki and New Narrative Tactics
The Gendaigeki
Taisho Democracy and Shochiku
The New Gendaigeki: Shimazu, Gosho, Shimizu, Ozu, and Naruse
The New Jidaigeki: Itami, Inagaki, Ito, and Yamanaka Sadao
Nikkatsu and the Shimpa: Mizoguchi Kenji
Expressionism, Kinugasa Teinosuke, and the Leftist Film
Criticism and Crackdown: World War II
The Occupation of Japan
Postwar Developments
Ozu and Naruse
Mizoguchi and the Period-Film
New Means: Jun-bungaku, Comedy, and Social Issues
The Advent of Television and the Film's Defenses: Suzuki, Nakahira, Kawashima, and Imamura
The Early Independents: Hani and Teshigahara
The "New Wave": Oshima, Yoshida, and Shinoda
After the Wave
Making Audiences
The New Independents
Documetary and Anime
A Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos
Japanese Historical Periods
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