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Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2

Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first installment of Directory of World Cinema: Japan, this volume continues the exploration of the enduring classics, cult favorites, and contemporary blockbusters of Japanese cinema with new contributions from leading critics and film scholars. Among the additions to this volume are in-depth treatments of two previously unexplored genres—youth cinema and films depicting lower-class settings—considered alongside discussions of popular narrative forms, including J-Horror, samurai cinema, anime, and the Japanese New Wave.
Accompanying the critical essays in this volume are more than 150 new film reviews, complemented by full-color film stills, and significantly expanded references for further study. From the Golden Age to the film festival favorites of today, Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2 completes this comprehensive treatment of a consistently fascinating national cinema.

375 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2012

Directory of World Cinema

Film Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction by the Editor

Film of the Year: Sawako Decides
Festival Focus: JAPAN CUTS
Industry Spotlight: Interview with John Williams
Cultural Crossover
    Japanese Cinema and Bunraku
    Japanese Cinema and Photography 
Scoring Cinema: Kikujiro 
Stardom and Cinema: Kinuyo Tanaka
    Kyoshi Kurosawa
    Tetsuya Nakashima
    Naoko Ogigami
    Hiroshi Shimizu
    Shuji Terayama
Alternative Japan
Anime / Animation
Chambara / Samurai Cinema
Contemporary Blockbusters
J-Horror / Japanese Horror
Jidai-geki / Period Drama
Nuberu bagu / The Japanese New Wave
Seishun eiga / Japanese Youth Cinema
Shomin-geki / Lower Class Life
Yakuza / Gangster

Recommended Reading
Japanese Cinema Online
Test Your Knowledge
Notes on Contributors

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