The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films

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The Yakuza Movie Book A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films Japanese gangster films with their stoic yet explosively violent heroes have influenced everyone from Eastwood to Jarmusch The Yakuza Movie Book is the first book to look at this genre in detail It
  • Title: The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films
  • Author: Mark Schilling
  • ISBN: 9781880656761
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Paperback
  • Japanese gangster films, with their stoic yet explosively violent heroes, have influenced everyone from Eastwood to Jarmusch The Yakuza Movie Book is the first book to look at this genre in detail It features than 100 film critiques and top 10 recommendations plus profiles and interviews of famous actors and directors like Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike, Takeshi KJapanese gangster films, with their stoic yet explosively violent heroes, have influenced everyone from Eastwood to Jarmusch The Yakuza Movie Book is the first book to look at this genre in detail It features than 100 film critiques and top 10 recommendations plus profiles and interviews of famous actors and directors like Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Sho Aikawa and Bunta Sugawara With dozens of stills and striking movie posters, this is a book any film lover will savor as a viewer s guide and definitive reference.Mark Schilling lives in Tokyo and has been reviewing Japanese films for the Japan Times since 1989 He is author of Contemporary Japanese Film and Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture It s an excellent starting point for those intrigued by the backdrop of Kill Bill Empire Schilling has produced a remarkable work on an enduring guilty pleasure, the first of its kind in English Library Journal Schilling is in total command of his fielde first Westerner willing and able to perform this useful service to world movie studies, and the sense of complete immersion in a genre will appeal to all film lovers The Daily Yomiuri This is prerequisite reading for any and all fans of Asian cinema Asian Cult Cinema
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    The book is much than a history of yakuza films, it is also an amazing history of the yakuza in Japan from a historical and cultural perspective There are some minor typos but probably less than in Tokyo Vice The glossary of yakuza terminology is tremendously useful if you re studying the yakuza as an academic subject It would be nice to see an update version that included Black Rain and Kitano Takeshi s OUTRAGE.

    Mark Schilling has written the only comprehensive yakuza book to date in English with The Yakuza Movie Book 2003 It is a genre that I mostly know from masters like Kinji Fukusaku, Takashi Miike, Seijun Suzuki, and Takeshi Kitano After an informative short history of the genre, Schilling has a section of Director Profiles Interviews with the likes of Fukasaku, Miike, Suzuki, and Kitano among lesser know directors like Teru Ishii, Tai Kato, and Rokuro Mochizuki This section is followed by a number [...]

    Mark Schilling is one of the very few writers along with the great Donald Richie who has an understanding of Japanese pop culture This book is a great guide to the wonderful cinamatic world of Yakuza Gangster films At the moment I can t think of one bad Yakuza film made in the golden era of Japanese cinema roughly late 50 s to the 70 s , but for sure the works of Kinji Fukasaku are truly masterpieces especially The Yakuza Papers which I think is better than The Godfather Nevertheless this is pre [...]

    Thoroughly researched and often fascinating book about this particularly Japanese genre of film The section of Reviews, if anything, is TOO detailed after reading these descriptions of the films, I hardly feel like I need to actually WATCH any of them.

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