Contemporary Japanese Film

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This comprehensive look at Japanese cinema in the 1990s includes nearly four hundred reviews of individual films and a dozen interviews and profiles of leading directors and producers. Interpretive essays provide an overview of some of the key issues and themes of the decade, and provide background and context for the treatment of individual films and artists.

In Mark Schilling's view, Japanese film is presently in a period of creative ferment, with a lively independent sector ...

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Overview

This comprehensive look at Japanese cinema in the 1990s includes nearly four hundred reviews of individual films and a dozen interviews and profiles of leading directors and producers. Interpretive essays provide an overview of some of the key issues and themes of the decade, and provide background and context for the treatment of individual films and artists.

In Mark Schilling's view, Japanese film is presently in a period of creative ferment, with a lively independent sector challenging the conventions of the industry mainstream. Younger filmmakers are rejecting the stale formulas that have long characterized major studio releases, reaching out to new influences from other media—television, comics, music videos, and even computer games—and from both the West and other Asian cultures. In the process they are creating fresh and exciting films that range from the meditative to the manic, offering hope that Japanese film will not only survive but thrive as it enters the new millennium.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834804159
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Schilling set off for Japan in 1975 to immerse himself in the culture, learn the language, and haunt the theaters. He has been there ever since. In 1989 he became a regular film reviewer for the Japan Times , and has written on Japanese film for a variety of other publications, including Screen International , the Japan edition of Premier, the Asian edition of Newsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal , Japan Quarterly , Winds, Cinemaya, and Kinema Jumpo .

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Essays
Mainstream Japanese Film 14
The New Breed of Japanese Film 35
The New Wave of the Nineties 43
Interviews and Profiles
Masahiro Shinoda 53
Akira Kurosawa 56
Yoji Yamada 61
Kazuyoshi Okuyama 64
Yoichi Sai 66
Isao Takahata 68
Shunji lwai 70
Masayuki Suo 72
Juzo Itami 74
Naomi Sento 84
Makoto Shinozaki 87
Takeshi Kitano 91
Jun Ichikawa 101
Takenori Sento 107
Hirokazu Koreeda 116
Photos 119
Film Reviews (alphabetical by Japanese title) 133
Index 389
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