- Gebundene Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: Taschen GmbH (25. Oktober 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 3822831565
- ISBN-13: 978-3822831564
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,7 x 2,4 x 29,2 cm
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Japanese Cinema (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. Oktober 2009
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Beyond Kurosawa: This book explores the work of the greatest Japanese filmmakers. Until very recently, the western world has viewed Japanese cinema through a very narrow prism. For years, Westerners interested in Japanese film have had to content themselves with the collected works of Akira Kurosawa, a spotty sampling of films by Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu, gobs of anime, and badly dubbed monster movies. Many great filmmakers like Mikio Naruse and Keisuke Kinoshita have remained unknown in the West, and musicals and comedies are hardly known outside Asia. This volume will help set the record straight, illustrating the history of Japanese cinema with vivid posters and stunning photography.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Paul Duncan has seen lots of films and read lots of comics and books. He wanted to share his enthusiasm for these subjects so he published magazines about comics (Ark) and crime fiction (Crime Time) before launching a series of small film guides (Pocket Essentials). He has edited more than 40 film books for TASCHEN, and wrote Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series. Stuart Galbraith IV is the author of seven books. He also makes DVD audio commentaries and liner note essays, writes a DVD column for the English edition of The Daily Yomiuri, and reviews DVDs at DVDTalk.com. He lives in Kyoto.
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Which is why I was so excited to see that Taschen was putting out a book touching upon most of Japanese cinema. I finally received my copy this week, and I was blown away. First off, it's packed with photos, many of them full page, rather than the business-card size pics and smaller that you usually find in film books today.
Movies and directors covered range from early (1920s-30s) all the way up through 21st century J-horror and beyond, hitting everything from Takeshi Kitano and anime flicks to the work of Miike and Tsukamoto.
Anyone who's picked up a Taschen book or two knows what to expect from this one: great photos. The author also does an admirable job of introducing readers to all the major trends in Japanese film from the last 50 years or so. While I've been reading about and watching Japanese movies for some 6 or 7 years now, I still came away from this book with a few titles jotted down for my DVD wish list.
My only complaint with "Japanese Cinema" is that I would have preferred something with twice the number of pages, similar to Taschen's "Cinema Now." But that's just me being greedy.
I agree with Ritchie. This is an informative and well illustrated overview of Japanese cinema that does not limit itself to only the usual directors and stars. It's well worth picking up a copy as it will make a great addition to any cinema buff's library.