Voices from the Japanese Cinema

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In 1972 Joan Mellen won an international award from the Mainichi Shimbun newspapers for her essays on Akira Kurosawa. The present book brings together for the first time the views of the most acclaimed directors of one of the world's great cinemas. Mellen's introduction points out the special relationship between modern Japanese film and the nation's feudal past. She explores Japan's quest for national identity, which is a special concern of the country's major film artists. Among the great directors presented here are Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, and the great master, Akira Kurosawa. The author also spent considerable time in discussion with the brilliant but less well known younger generation of directors, writers, and performers, such as Sachiko Hidari, Shuji Terayama, Masahiro Shinoda, and Nagisa Oshima. What emerges from the book is the first inside view of Japanese films, directors, and artists published in English.

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