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

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Kodansha International, 2001 - Performing Arts - 311 pages
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In A Hundred Years of Japanese Films, Richie offers an insider's look at the achievements of Japanese filmmakers. He begins in the late 1800s, when the industry took its inspiration from the traditional stories of Kabuki and Noh theater, and finishes in the present with the latest award-winning dramas showcased at Cannes.

In between, Richie explores the roots of Japan's contribution to world cinema. He discusses the careers of Japan's rising stars and celebrated directors, and also offers a fascinating view of the strategies and politics of the movie studios themselves.

A selective guide in the book's second part provides capsule reviews of the major Japanese films available in VHS and DVD formats, as well as those televised on standard and cable channels.

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Six-word review: Painstaking contextualized explication of Japanese movies. Extended review: However little I may comprehend of Japanese cinema, it's a great deal more than it was two and a half ... Read full review

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I bought this book as a Christmas present for my child who is studying Japanese culture art history and film. She respects the author and is very pleased with the book. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

DONALD RICHIE is the author of over a dozen books on Japanese film and culture, including the films of Akira Kurosawa and Ozu. He coauthored a long-standing text, The Japanese Film (revised in 1982), with Joseph Anderson, and has written or edited a number of other publications, among them the English screenplays of The Seven Samurai and Rashomon.

PAUL SCHRADER, who contributed the foreword to this book, is an established Hollywood director, who broke into film with the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. He has directed various hit movies, including Affliction (with Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, James Coburn, Willem Dafoe), American Gigolo (with Richard Gere), Light of Day (with Michael J. Fox), and Cat People. Among his numerous screenplays are Ringing Out the Dead (with Nicolas Cage), The Mosquito Coast, and The Last Temptation of Christ.

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