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Akira Kurosawa dominated the landscape of post-World War II Japanese cinema with such internationally influential films as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Ikiru. Actor Toshiro Mifune collaborated with Kurosawa on 16 films, and despite his claim that he was "always true to the Japanese spirit," critics compare his visceral acting style to that of Brando or De Niro. This is a dual biography of two Japanese film greats who brought out the best in each other, and Galbraith (The Japanese Filmography) expertly weaves together their stories. As Galbraith recounts, the two men gradually grew apart because of drinking problems, egos, and the collapse of the Japanese film industry. Much space is devoted to Kurosawa's unhappy experience attempting to direct segments of the American Pearl Harbor epic Tora! Tora! Tora!, but as Galbraith shows, Kurosawa's overwhelming desire to create led to recovery and a distinguished body of work late in life. Meanwhile, Mifune squandered his talents in a futile bid for international stardom in overblown film and television efforts. This book tells a little-known, sometimes inspiring story and provides an astute reading of major themes in the work of Kurosawa and Mifune. Recommended for public and academic libraries as a companion to Donald Richie's The Films of Akira Kurosawa (Univ. of California, 1999. rev. ed.). Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA
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A little water damaged but only the first few pages, and it was marketed as lightly used, so it was what I expected.Published 12 months ago by Sara
Wonderful WORK of general and specific information . Great place to start to learn about Japanese cinema and two Giants in that industry!Published 22 months ago by Leonard Roos
The item was fine, but as a result of this purchase my identity was stolen and used for computer games. I have identity theft protection, so it did no damage to me. Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Tomiye Tanaka
"The Emperor and the Wolf" is a fine reference book, particularly useful in regards to filmography and timeline. The research is exhaustive. Read morePublished on February 26, 2008 by Samurai Girl
The subtitle of this book, The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa, is completely deceitful. There is nothing biographical in this book about either one of its main protagonists. Read morePublished on May 24, 2006 by Jose Toledo
Galbraith's combined biography of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune has a wealth of knowledge, or, more accurately, a lot of data. Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by Achilles, still angry.
I read the warnings about this book, but I am such a film buff, Kurosawa fan, Mifune fan and all-around nerd, that I did not heed them. Read morePublished on July 10, 2004
This book was quite disappointing. Most of my criticisms have already been mentioned by other reviewers, but I must emphasize that this book gives almost no sense of Kurosawa or... Read morePublished on January 30, 2004
This is a book about the best in Japanese cinema and filmaking a great read about such a great director.Published on September 11, 2003 by Seth J. Frantzman