- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (November 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569316813
- ISBN-13: 978-1569316818
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,239,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion Paperback – November 5, 2001
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"Back Jacket copy - blubs"
"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 toTokyoScope: 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 ironyirresistibly 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 timea 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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I did like the presentation though
Boasting scads of reviews for dozens of films I've never had the pleasure of seeing, TokyoScope is a terrific step in the right direction for folks who want to associate themselves with the multifaceted cinema from the Land of the Rising Sun. (ISBN: 1569316813)
Shinjuku Showakan, an oldfashioned nostalgic Tokyo grindhouse
playing triple bills of 60ies and 70ies yakuza and sleaze movies.
( Illustrator Yukihiko "Happy" Ujihashi, who provides great manga for TOKYOSCOPE, draws poster art for this cinema.) Now that's a place for a movie buff like me! And this introduction sets the tone for all the great stuff to come.
You are going to meet all the usual suspects - chapter one is about the inevitable Gojira ( or Godzilla how he is called abroad ) and his monster colleagues, the next about the great Sonny Chiba. This chapter is introduced with a still from "Champion of Death" (1978) displaying the Karate maestro crushing a Coca Cola bottle with his bare hand, not only proof of amazing martial arts skill but also a fine symbol: Japanese movies rule! Yeah!
On we go with horror movies, banned films, disaster movies, the
great Kinji Fukasaku and his controversial masterpiece "Battle
Royale", pink movies ( = sex films ) and yakuza films. Have you ever heard about Noboru Ando? He was a real life gangster, imprisoned for his involvement in the near fatal shooting of a
dubious businessman and became an actor after his release. During his career he played mostly himself, because the majority of his films were based on his own exploits (!)
The last chapter is devoted to my favorite director Takashi Miike, the genius who helmed "Fudoh", "Dead or Alive" and "Audition", which rank among my most favorite movies.
TOKYOSCOPE is exceptionally well written, thoroughly researched and nicely illustrated with filmrelated funny manga artwork
provided for the most part by the aforementioned Yukihiko "Happy"
Ujihashi. There are profiles about actors and directors, reviews and interviews. There are also some lengthy articles from the Japanese movie magazine "Eiga Hi-Ho".
You see, it is doubtless a great book and a must-have, but I do
have some complaints about it. Personally I was quite disappointed about the very brief sexploitation chapter entitled
"Pink and Violent". Admittedly I am biased because I love such
movies, but it is too brief anyway given the enormous amount of
Japanese sex films.
The book would also benefit from some colour pictures. VHS- and DVDcovers as well as cinema poster artwork from reviewed movies are provided, but rather small pictures and only in black-and-white.
Unfortunately information on availability of movies is quite sparse and not always correct. Two examples: It is not true that "Battle Royale" is only available in Japan, because there is an English subtitled Hongkong VideoCD, DVD and VHS as well as a British VHS & DVD. "Flower and Snake" (along with dozens of other Nikkatsu titles) can be obtained from a Florida based company.
But these are only minor flaws.
As a devoted fan of Japanese cinema this book was compulsory
reading for me. It is clearly a must buy for everybody who is interested in Asian movies.
P.S. Pat Macias PLEASE WRITE A BOOK ON JAPANESE DISASTER FILMS SOON!!!!!!!!!