Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts

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Alastair Phillips, Julian Stringer
Routledge, Dec 18, 2007 - Performing Arts - 384 pages

Japanese Cinema includes twenty-four chapters on key films of Japanese cinema, from the silent era to the present day, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese cinema history and Japanese culture and society.

Studying a range of important films, from Late Spring, Seven Samurai and In the Realm of the Senses to Godzilla, Hana-Bi and Ring, the collection includes discussion of all the major directors of Japanese cinema including Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Oshima, Suzuki, Kitano and Miyazaki.

Each chapter discusses the film in relation to aesthetic, industrial or critical issues and ends with a complete filmography for each director. The book also includes a full glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography of readings on Japanese cinema.

Bringing together leading international scholars and showcasing pioneering new research, this book is essential reading for all students and general readers interested in one of the world’s most important film industries.


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List of figures
Ozu Yasujirōs I Was Born
Mizoguchi Kenjis Osaka Elegy 1936
Yamanaka Sadaos Humanity and Paper Balloons 1937
Shimizu Hiroshis Ornamental Hairpin
Ozu Yasujirōs Late Spring 1949
Mizoguchi Kenjis The Life of

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About the author (2007)

ALASTAIR PHILLIPS is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Warwick.

JULIAN STRINGER is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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