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In 1914, Akutagawa published his short story Rashomon, which won him considerable praise and he followed that up with another highly acclaimed short story, The Nose. His reputation as one of the first great Japanese modernists in literature was already established during his lifetime. In 1950, a great Japanese film director, inspired by the work of Akutagawa, released his classic film "Rashomon".Akutagawa was an avid reader of ghost stories, Chinese and Japanese classics as well as Poe, de Maupassant, Anatole ...

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Overview

In 1914, Akutagawa published his short story Rashomon, which won him considerable praise and he followed that up with another highly acclaimed short story, The Nose. His reputation as one of the first great Japanese modernists in literature was already established during his lifetime. In 1950, a great Japanese film director, inspired by the work of Akutagawa, released his classic film "Rashomon".Akutagawa was an avid reader of ghost stories, Chinese and Japanese classics as well as Poe, de Maupassant, Anatole France, Kipling and other masters of the short story. His works probe psychological themes such as decadence, obsession and the grotesque, all combined in a highly dramatic narrative style. This book is a collection of his work.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Today
"The book is fun and entertaining. It would be a great addition to the coffee table in a vacation house or the bookshelf in the family room."
Sci-Fi
"[Kay and Rose] produce a fine read."
Library Journal
The disaster movie genre is an "ever-changing showcase for the terrors we face," according to coauthor Rose's introduction to this informative, detailed, and often whimsical look at more than 150 disaster movies dating from the 1930s to the 21st century. Writer/filmmaker Rose and film reviewer Kay divide these movies into such categories as airplane disasters, earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, storms, radiation, and aliens and rate them accordingly (e.g., "highly recommended," "so bad it's good"). Longer reviews for the key films in each category explore plots, scenes, stars, and memorable quotes and end with a note on the film's "most spectacular moment of carnage." Essays interspersed throughout focus on different traits of disaster movies over the decades, and the volume ends with the authors' "ultimate disaster movie lists." With enthusiasm, extensive knowledge, and a keen sense of fun, Rose and Kay chronicle our love affair with disasters on the big screen. Recommended for larger public libraries and highly recommended for libraries with collections on film and popular culture. Jim Collins, Morristown-Morris Twp. P.L., NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-An engagingly snarky introduction to the genre, including film reviews that range from "Highly Recommended" to "Avoid at All Costs" and "So Bad It's Good." The critiques are divided into categories that pretty much match the subtitle. The longest are of easily obtained movies, while those that are more obscure have shorter reviews. Each one includes the film's "Most Spectacular Moment of Carnage." The extras, like "Don't Be a Hero: The Disaster Movie's Hardest Lesson" or "The Most Ridiculous Disaster Movie Concepts Ever," are also entertaining. Art includes black-and-white stills, movie posters, and cartoons, as well as a color insert of some remarkable posters. For anyone who loves a good disaster flick-or a bad one, for that matter-this is an invaluable resource.-Susan Salpini, formerly at TASIS-The American School in England Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889628731
  • Publisher: Mosaic Press NY
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Pages: 128

Meet the Author

Akutagawa Ryunosuke is one of the literary giants of 20th century Japanese and world literature. Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, was established in 1935 in his honor and remains highly coveted by Japanese writers. Akutagawa was born in 1892, the son of a Tokyo milkman and committed suicide in 1927.

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