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Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Horror, Fantasy, and Sci Fi Films Paperback – September 28, 1997


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  • Series: Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia, the Horror, Fantasy, and Sci Fi Films (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Vital Books, Inc.; 1st edition (September 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889288519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889288512
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,689,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Weisser is extremely dedicated to Asian cult cinema, writing books such as The Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This would have been a very interesting book but there are simply too many factual and typographical errors to recommend it. As far as I'm concerned, the book's only redeeming value is in the cross-listings given in each entry, which allow basic navigation through this genre for those who are new to it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. White on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Did Thomas Weisser actually watch any of these movies before writing about them? I find that hard to believe as I've managed to track down a lot of these films, only to find them completely different than his reviews. Weisser's never had much credibility - this just continues to add to his legend.
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I have read the reviews and , hey, to each his own. I practically grew up watching Japnese sci-fi flicks particularly those aired on Saturday mornings here in New York City. The book is a quick reference, love the photos and info (and the voluptuous Japanese actresses that go with them!)-yes, they're all here: Gamera the flying turtle, Gojira (aka Godzilla), Baragon, every movie with every conceivable Japanese monster you can imagine ---you name them, they're HERE!! All the essential favorites! Love this book and as a diehard fan, I wish I could be at liberty to label this work a TEN STAR!!!
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11 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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I really wonder about this author. He professes to love the Asian cinema so much yet what he writes about Asian men and women tend to be degrading. Regarding women, the author obsesses on appearance rather than acting ability. As for men, he has a tendency to lump them into a faceless, violent, crazed mass. I'm not really sure if this author means it or not, but his books have the feeling of borderline racism or voyeurism disguised as movie reference books. The subject of Asian cinema deserves much better than this and Asian people should be outraged.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Witold Nowakowski on June 28, 1999
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Here is a shining little star in the otherwise empty universe of the Japanese Cinema reference books. Why a "little" star? And who is the reader? For serious buffs ("otakus" of Japanese movies) it contains not enough infos, and has too many gaps (where, for example, is "Kujakuoh"?) On the other hand, in case of beginners of the genre, it is almost sealed by the red tape. Personally, I enjoyed it, but what about the others?
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