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Directory of World Cinema: Japan
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ISBN 9781841503356
Volume 1
Paperback 298 pages
240x170mm
Published February 2010
Imprint: Intellect
Books by John Berra
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Edited by John Berra
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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. The directory aims to play a part in the distribution of academic output by building a forum for the study of film from a disciplined theoretical base.

This is in the form of an A-Z of reviews, longer essays and research resources. The cinematic lineage of samurai warriors, yakuza enforcers and atomic monsters are discussed in addition to the politically charged works of the Japanese New Wave, making this a truly comprehensive volume.

For more about the Directory of World Cinema, go to:

www.worldcinemadirectory.org

Chapter titles
Introduction by the Editor
John Berra
Film of the Year
Achilles and the Tortoise
Festival Focus
Nippon Connection
Industry Spotlight
The Arts Theatre Guild
Cultural Crossover
Art & Film
Directors
Takeshi Kitano; Satoshi Kon; Akira Kurosawa
Alternative Japan
Essay
Alternative Japan
Reviews
Anime / Animation
Essay
Anime / Animation
Reviews
Chambara / Samurai Cinema
Essay
Chambara / Samurai Cinema
Reviews
Contemporary Blockbusters
Essay
Contemporary Blockbusters
Reviews
Jidaigeki & Gendaigeki / Period & Contemporary Drama
Essay
Jidaigeki & Gendaigeki / Period & Contemporary Drama
Reviews
J-Horror / Japanese Horror
Essay
J-Horror / Japanese Horror
Reviews
Kaiju Eiga / Monster Movies
Essay
Kaiju Eiga / Monster Movies
Reviews
Nuberu Bagu / The Japanese New Wave
Essay
Nuberu Bagu / The Japanese New Wave
Reviews
Pinku Eiga / Pink Films
Essay
Pinku Eiga / Pink Films
Reviews
Yakuza / Gangster
Essay
Yakuza / Gangster
Reviews
Recommended Reading
Japanese Cinema Online
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors
Reviews
'Editor John Berra announces in the acknowledgments that ‘this volume was never intended to be a conventional film guide’. Rather than the A-Z run through of titles, or a year-by-year account of the highlights, Berra’s Directory offers instead a series of chapters mainly grouped around genres. There is also, though, a section on three key directors (Takeshi Kitano; Satoshi Kon and Akira Kurosawa), a nod to the film of the year (Achilles and the Tortoise) and a chapter on ‘The Art Theatre Guild’.[...] There are also, however, many formal observations and little details of character from the writers that make the book worthwhile, no matter its limitations, none more so than Bob Davis’s astute comments on Oshima’s Boy, with its useful analysis of colour in the film. ' – Tony McKibbin, Edinburgh Review

'The writing throughout is of a consistently high standard, incorporating a range of analytical approaches (be it social-political, aesthetic, or genre-based) according to the writers’ preferences. By focussing mainly on the cultural import of films within specific genres, the directory presents a very catholic selection. Admirably un-snobbish in its treatment of all the covered films, the articles are always marked by the sense that those writing are genuine fans.'Subtitled Online

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