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CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CINEMA SINCE HANA-BI. Adam Bingham. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Oxford University Press. 224 pp. ISBN 9780748683734 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Yakuza, samurai and horror films have been some of the most popular genres in Japanese cinema over the last two decades, with a clearly defined generic lineage in the country's cinematic tradition. Studying these genres through a close analysis of their most representative films, this innovative study examines the way individual films have either adapted to or drawn away from their own genre conventions, or, in the case of 'magic realist' films, have introduced significant new developments which have little real precedence in Japanese filmmaking. With close textual analysis, this study looks at the prevalence of repetition and variation in these contemporary Japanese genres, offering for the first time in English an academic appreciation and overview of popular Japanese cinema. Looking at the work of directors as varied as Kitano 'Beat' Takeshi and Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and films as iconic as Hana-Bi and The Bird People in China, this book provides an invaluable resource for film students and scholars alike. About the series: Traditions in World Cinema introduces diverse and fascinating movements in world cinema. Each volume concentrates on a set of films from a different national, regional or, in some cases, cross-cultural cinema which constitute a particular tradition.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166153
Hardcover $110.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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