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If you love Akira Kurosawas films, this is the book to get.
Richie's style is refreshingly fluid and jargon-free which makes the book very easy to read, unlike many critical volumes which are verbose and long-winded.
For people who want to get into Kurosawa movies but were hesitant to, this book will come as a revelation.
Most Comprehensive understanding of the master !! A Good read for Students of Cinema and Amateurs. A Must Read for everyonePublished 8 months ago by K PADMAKAR
Very thorough and well written review of the films of the great Kurosawa. Nice photographs, format and excellent analysis of each film.Published 10 months ago by Benjamin D Morgan
Ordered for a class and the book helped out with several assignments and I learned so much about Kurosawa. .Published 11 months ago by WASP
I bought this as a gift for my husband who teaches a university course on Japanese film. He is so pleased with it. The author is the ultimate expert. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Denise Jensen
Akira Kurosawa is a man that needs no introduction, but what he seriously needed was a book that offered a thorough portrait on his movies and his career which spanned 50 years and... Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by JLR
The book I actually got through a third party is the Second Edition that was published in 1984, prior to when RAN was made and as Kurosawa and Mifune were still alive. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by James J. Cremin
I would just go ahead and watch ten of Kurosawa's films. Then it is somewhat interesting to read this book to understand some connections between the films and techniques employed. Read morePublished on October 29, 2009 by Jackal
I was drawn to this book after hearing Mr. Richie's commentary on the DVD of "Rashomon". In many ways this book is a continuation of that type of commentary. Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by Roman Martel
Donald Richie's very long-term knowledge of Japanese culture and cinema and his perspective as a Westerner make his assessment of "the Emperor"'s oeuvre very informative and... Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by Jeffrey S. Frawley