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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (November 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569316813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569316818
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this book you will find as good an analysis of what we were trying to do as I have ever read. Patrick Macias has written very keenly and with much understanding about Japanese films, mine included." ‹Kinji Fukasaku, director of Battle Royale

"When it comes to Japanese cinema, there are quite a few books out there if you want to know a lot about Godzilla or Akira Kurosawa. But if you want to know about yakuza films, or great actors like Sonny Chiba and Bunta Sugawara, or Kinji Fukasaku, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, then there's really only one book to turn to‹TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion. An invaluable treasure chest of information regarding films practically unknown to Western audiences, TokyoScope will open you up to a whole new world of cult cinema. Author Patrick Macias writes with an authority that is both informed and entertaining without ever coming across as stuffy or overly academic. Macias is obviously a film fan writing to other film fans, and the only short coming of his book is that over two hundred pages it just isn't long enough.TokyoScope is the best film book to come along this year." ‹David Walker, Bad Azz Mofo

"This authentic recovery of the previously scorned underside of Japanese exploitation cinema delivers the material the way we enthusiasts like it‹ obsessively researched, breathlessly detailed, and jam-packed with critical insights. The writing fairly ripples with specialized intelligence, subcult savvy, and just the right amount of irony‹irresistibly seducing us into the restless and garishly neon-lit Shinjuku streets. Macias¹ unapologetic embrace of this aggressively outsider cinema bursts with bold graphics and bolder adjectives. At last resituates the works against the true psychic tensions of the time‹a search for a national mythology of honor and identity against the angst of a too rapidly modernizing metropolis."

‹Craig Baldwin, director of Tribulation 99


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As a devoted fan of Japanese cinema this book was compulsory reading for me.
Petra Zeichmann
With chapters on filmmakers and idols like Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike, and Sonny Chiba this book will have you locked in for hours upon hours.
Wes Black
Hip, funny and oh so knowledgable, Macias has written a film companion that you'll be coming back to again and again.
Pat G.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat G. on May 18, 2007
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Never mind the haters, this book has the goods. An excellent resource and a joy to read, this is the place to start your exploration of some of the most amazing Japanese films you're likely to see in this lifetime. Hip, funny and oh so knowledgable, Macias has written a film companion that you'll be coming back to again and again.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wes Black on December 6, 2001
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I've read everything from Japanese Cinema:The Essential handbook to Eros in Hell and Tokyo Scope beats them all. Patrick Macias's writing is crisp and his knowledge will have even the most hard-core fan in awe. With chapters on filmmakers and idols like Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike, and Sonny Chiba this book will have you locked in for hours upon hours. It also is packed with chapters on the yakuza, giant monsters, horror, and pink films with each loaded to the kilt with interviews and reviews. All of the above and more make this a must have for everyone from people with just a passing interest in Japanese film to the most jaded of asian film junkies.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard K. Weems on August 20, 2003
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I wouldn't call myself an expert on Japanese movies, but I do get to every movie festival I can that has Asian features (a great one--the Philapdelphia film festival and their Action Asia selections). I regularly scan the gray market and grab at whatever tickles my fancy even remotely. But this book still provided me with an education. I quibble sometimes with the author's taste, but his breadth of knowledge is undebatable. I now keep this book on my computer desk as I scan for more titles to fuel my little obsession.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 17, 2007
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Tokyoscope:The Japanese Cult film Companion is a great book if you want to know about the 5 [now 4] banned films and disaster films. I was shocked about the Pink and Violent section [Recommned for 18 and up]. I just wish they include the Toho disaster flick Conflagration which was an inspiration to a story I wrote at school. In Conclusion this book was great.

P.S. Pat Macias PLEASE WRITE A BOOK ON JAPANESE DISASTER FILMS SOON!!!!!!!!!
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