Japan

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John Berra
Intellect Books, 2010 - Performing Arts - 297 pages
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From the revered classics of Akira Kurosawa to the modern marvels of Takeshi Kitano, the films that have emerged from Japan represent a national cinema that has gained worldwide admiration and appreciation. The Directory of World Cinema: Japan provides an insight into the cinema of Japan through reviews of significant titles and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial origins of key genres.

As the inaugural volume of an ambitious new series from Intellect documenting world cinema, the directory aims to play a part in moving intelligent, scholarly criticism beyond the academy by building a forum for the study of film that relies on a disciplined theoretical base. It takes the form of an A-Z collection of reviews, longer essays, and research resources, accompanied by fifty full-color film stills highlighting significant films and players. The cinematic lineage of samurai warriors, yakuza enforcers, and atomic monsters take their place alongside the politically charged works of the Japanese New Wave, making this a truly comprehensive volume.

 

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Contents

Jidaigeki amp Gendaigeki Period amp Contemporary Drama
132
JHorror Japanese Horror
176
Kaiju Eiga Monster Movies
206
Nuberu Bagu The Japanese New Wave
226
Pinku Eiga Pink Films
248
Yakuza Gangster
266
Recommended Reading
284
Japanese Cinema Online
287

Anime Animation
58
Chambara Samurai Cinema
84
Contemporary Blockbusters
104
Test Your Knowledge
292
Notes on Contributors
295
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About the author (2010)

John Berra is a writer and researcher specializing in contemporary film studies. He is the author ofDeclarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production, also published by Intellect, and he is currently editing Intellect's forthcomingWorld Cinema Directory: American Independent.

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