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Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema
The films of Akira Kurosawa have had an immense effect on the way the Japanese have viewed themselves as a nation and on the way the West has viewed Japan. In this comprehensive and theoretically informed study of the influential director’s cinema, Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto definitively analyzes Kurosawa’s entire body of work, from 1943’s Sanshiro Sugata to 1993’s Madadayo. In s ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 31st 2000 by Duke University Press Books
(first published March 10th 2000)
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May 15, 2007 Jared Colley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Kurosawa, Japanese Film Studies, and the issue of "cross-cultural" discourse
The work of Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto is a breath of fresh air in a field dominated by traditional schools of criticism. This is not only the best book on Kurosawa; it is the most thought-provoking assessment of the discursive field known as "Japanese Film Studies." In fact, he not only critiques the very notion of such a field; he performs a devastating analysis of the genealogy of criticism that has claimed authority of such a subject since the 1950s. As a Westerner intersted in the subject, this bo ...more
Yoshimoto has strong analysis of the bulk of Kurosawa's films. Includes some personal anecdotes about cast and crew that help keep you intersted. Good to own if you are a Kurosawa fan and just saw one of his films that you did not understand.