By Donald Richie

It's normal wisdom that Japan has produced the most outstanding nationwide cinemas within the heritage of movie. This ebook, written by way of the internationally-recognized professional at the topic, makes jap video clips obtainable to Western audiences as by no means before.

It is; to start with, a succinct historical past of jap movie, from the start via 1970. it's also, in spite of the fact that, an exploration of jap culture-and the japanese mind.

The writer relates the movies to the opposite artwork varieties, and the traditions and attitudes of the japanese humans. he's hence in a position to refute the occasional Westernl5bjections that jap video clips are sentimentat, or uninteresting, or filled with cliches. The e-book discusses not just the well known classics of such administrators as Kurosawa and Mizoguchi, but additionally the preferred "entertainment" movies in addition. It establishes the ancient foundation for the real post-war movies that first introduced jap cinema to the eye of the realm. exceptionally, this e-book explores the original imaginative and prescient of the japanese film-makers, the imaginative and prescient "which is the cultured of Japan-and which has created the most attractive and honest movies ever made."

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