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Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts [Paperback]

Alistair Phillips , Julian Stringer
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December 22, 2007 0415328489 978-0415328487 1

Japanese Cinema includes twenty-four chapters on key films of Japanese cinema, from the silent era to the present day, providing a comprehensive introduction to Japanese cinema history and Japanese culture and society.

Studying a range of important films, from Late Spring, Seven Samurai and In the Realm of the Senses to Godzilla, Hana-Bi and Ring, the collection includes discussion of all the major directors of Japanese cinema including Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Oshima, Suzuki, Kitano and Miyazaki.

Each chapter discusses the film in relation to aesthetic, industrial or critical issues and ends with a complete filmography for each director. The book also includes a full glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography of readings on Japanese cinema.

Bringing together leading international scholars and showcasing pioneering new research, this book is essential reading for all students and general readers interested in one of the world’s most important film industries.

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ALASTAIR PHILLIPS is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Warwick.

JULIAN STRINGER is Associate Professor in Film Studies at the University of Nottingham.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415328489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415328487
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Interesting Volume April 14, 2010
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There has not been a volume like this that works well for college classroom use. Previous edited volumes have discussed many films that are not available with subtitles and not the most common choices for college classrooms. The essays here are interesting, of reasonable length, and about films that are the staple of the North American Japanese film survey course. The short but content rich essays leave room for instructors to combine those readings with their other favorites on a given film, readings from Donald Richie, or theoretical works of note. It will be important for Routledge to keep it at a reasonable price so that it remains available for classroom use. For some time, this, along with Donald Richie's book, will be the staples of the Japanese cinema survey in North America.
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