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

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,798,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book is a very informative, interesting book. It's all about Japanese horror cinema, as well as Japanese art films, and Japanese Cyberpunk. It's a very thorough collection, that contains a forward by Oliver Stone ("World Trade Center").

My only complaint is that the author, Thomas Weisser, is totally biased. To Weisser, no film can be flawed, as long as it's Japanese. But, as a film critic, that is a cinematically-fatal mistake. Many of the dozens of reviews in this book are totally wrong. I mean, do any of the films in the "Guinea Pig" series deserve any more that 1 star out of 5? And is "All Night Long 3: The Final Atrocity" really better than the first two films? Or is it worse? Much, much worse?

If you are one of the many people who are absolutely convinced that Japanese filmmakers can do no wrong, and that no Japanese film in the history of that nation has ever sucked, than this is the perfect book you! But, if you're are realistic about Japanese cinema, than I can only semi-recommend it.
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