ISBN-10: 1611720753
ISBN-13: 9781611720754
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
Dimensions: 8.35" L, 5.43" W, 0.55" H

Japanese Cinema: A Personal Journey


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An informal yet informed journey through the classic works of Japanese cinema and their directors.

This is a passionate, personal journey through one of the world’s greatest national cinemas, beginning with the classic directors who came to the fore in the postwar period and became legendary names on the art house circuit: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kobayashi, Naruse, and Oshima, among others. Japanese Cinema traces the common themes explored by these directors as well as the impact of important historical and cultural issues, including World War 2, the representation of women, and the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s.

Finally, Peter Cowie surveys the state of contemporary Japanese film and its greatest living practitioners, Hirokazu Kore-eda among them, as well as the international face of Japanese animation, Hayao Miyazaki. Cowie brings a lifetime’s commitment to film to bear on the human relationships so well explored by these Japanese auteurs.


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"Cowie's study orients these films and filmmakers around auteur and genre cinema, employing the kind of uncluttered, potted analysis that initially brought Japan to international light in studies by Donald Richie, Audie Brock, Joan Mellen, and Tadao Sato, among others."

Adam Bingham, Cinesate Magazine

"An impressively well written and seminal study of Japanese film making ranging from the iconic to the obscure."

The Midwest Book Review

"If you want to know why Kurosawa is the Beethoven, and Ozu the Chopin, of Japanese cinema–and much, much more–Peter Cowie's Japanese Cinema is the book to read."

Walter Murch, three-time Academy Award winning editor and sound designer, and author of In the Blink of an Eye

"Peter Cowie's erudition is stupendous. His critical acumen is unequaled. But it's his humanity that makes his writing as special as it is. These short accounts of great Japanese filmmakers, and of Cowie's relationship to their work, create a portrait of Japanese cinema that is both enjoyable and indispensable."

Glenn Kenny, film critic and author of Made Men: The Story of 'Goodfellas'

"Peter Cowie has introduced more people to the glories of foreign cinema than any living writer. Japanese Cinema: A Personal Journey is both a warm labor of love and an indispensable work of scholarship, suitable for novices and aficionados alike. It's the only book you need to read on the subject."

Mick LaSalle, author of The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses

"Peter Cowie invites us to travel along with him through decades of exceptional Japanese films. Along the way we meet many of Japan's beloved directors and a host of others who have been influential in producing and promoting Japanese films (Madame Kawakita, Donald Richie, cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa, to name a few). This "personal journey" extends from the frozen north of Hokkaidō to the warmer port cities of Hiroshima and Onomichi, and beyond. Along with Cowie, we explore Japan's "alternating currents of violence and reflection" through his intimate, but also expansive, point of view."

Dr. Linda Ehrlich, author of Cinematic Reveries: Gestures, Stillness, Water

Praise for Peter Cowie's Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema

"This is the kind of book that elicits a "whoa", before reading a single word."

Oliver Ho, Pop Matters

"Flipping through the pages of Peter Cowie's lavishly illustrated and large-sized tribute to Kurosawa, one is left wondering why it took so long"

Chris Gosling, Sense of Cinema

"A book of value both to Kurosawa novices and to aficionados in search of deeper insight."

Mick LaSalle, SF Gate

"A highly perceptive and elegant text by critic Peter Cowie"

John Patterson, Directors Guild of America Quartlerly

"A veritable treasure for newcomers and longtime devotees alike, Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema is an ideal companion piece to any Kurosawa retrospective."

Marc Saint-Cyr, Row Three

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ISBN-10: 1611720753
ISBN-13: 9781611720754
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
Dimensions: 8.35" L, 5.43" W, 0.55" H
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