Ozu's Tokyo Story (Cambridge Film Handbooks)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521484350
ISBN-10: 0521484359
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' ... a text so varied that will surely find its way into many university classes.' Monumenta Nipponica

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Ozu's Tokyo Story is generally regarded as one of the finest films ever made. Universal in its appeal, it is also considered to be "particularly Japanese." Exploring its universality and cultural specificity, this collection of specially commissioned essays demonstrates the multiple planes on which the film may be appreciated. Among the topics discussed are Ozu's relationship to aspects of Japanese tradition, situating the film within artistic modes, religious systems and beliefs, and socio-cultural and familial formations; and an analysis of how Ozu has been misunderstood in Western criticism.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Film Handbooks
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521484359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521484350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francis G. Lu on February 8, 2013
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"Tokyo Story" was ranked #1 by directors in the 2012 Sight and Sound poll of great movies done every 10 years. Go to the Amazon product review of the DVD to learn about it. It is a Roger Ebert Great Movie. This book is a marvelous collection of essays that illuminates its link to the 1937 American film "Make Way for Tomorrow," discusses the influence of Buddhism and the theme of home and journey, among other topics. It is the only such book available specifically on "Tokyo Story," which I experience as the beautiful serene acceptance of the transience of life through the contemplative, compassionate love of the Eternal Now. The screenplay translated by Donald Richie and Eric Klestadt and with an introduction by Donald Richie makes a wonderful companion book.
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