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A New History of Japanese Cinema
In A New History of Japanese Cinema Isolde Standish focuses on the historical development of Japanese film. She details an industry and an art form shaped by the competing and merging forces of traditional culture and of economic and technological innovation. Adopting a thematic, exploratory approach, Standish links the concept of Japanese cinema as a system of communicati ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 8th 2006 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published April 1st 2005)
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May 15, 2007 Jared Colley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Japanese Film
Isolde Standish has written what I think to be the most informative and convincing historical survey (in english) on the rich tradition of film production in Japan. Donald Richie, in the same year (2005), also published (yet again) another book on the history of Japanese cinema (actually the hardback was pub. in 2002). Although Richie's book was just a new, updated edition of already published material I picked it up along with this book and read them together. There was a world of difference be ...more
Densely packed and severely academic, with a lot of detail about the societal and cultural impact the films had (and the impact society and culture had on the films). It's definitely interesting and incredibly informative, but this is a capital-T TEXTBOOK, and should be approached as such.