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Japanese Cinema: Film Style and National Character by Donald Richie

By Donald Richie

It's normal wisdom that Japan has produced probably the most amazing nationwide cinemas within the heritage of movie. This ebook, written via the internationally-recognized specialist at the topic, makes jap videos available to Western audiences as by no means before.

It is; to start with, a succinct historical past of eastern movie, from the start via 1970. it's also, notwithstanding, an exploration of eastern culture-and the japanese mind.

The writer relates the movies to the opposite artwork varieties, and the traditions and attitudes of the japanese humans. he's hence in a position to refute the occasional Westernl5bjections that eastern video clips are sentimentat, or uninteresting, or filled with cliches. The e-book discusses not just the well known classics of such administrators as Kurosawa and Mizoguchi, but in addition the preferred "entertainment" movies to boot. It establishes the old foundation for the real post-war motion pictures that first introduced eastern cinema to the eye of the area. certainly, this publication explores the original imaginative and prescient of the japanese film-makers, the imaginative and prescient "which is the cultured of Japan-and which has created one of the most attractive and fair movies ever made."

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Come to think of it, somewhere along the line I became a man who never does anything people consider suspicious. Maybe something fundamental had changed since the old days - since parting with the stripper. He’d gone back to school, taken up drawing again, found a job and met Yoko, and he often felt as if he wasn’t even the same person he’d been as a teenager. But if he was someone different now, which of the two was the real him? They’re both the real you, some part of him whispered, but the rest of him wasn’t so sure.

The first scene of Basic Instinct was a jolt to his system, but by the time the ice pick reappeared later in the film he was thoroughly enjoying the story. In the next building past the video shop was a bookstore. Something moved in the gap between the two buildings, and he stopped to see what it was. The gap, just wide enough for a grown man to walk through, dead-ended at another building. It was very dark in there, but he was sure he’d seen two or three small figures moving. Small enough that they had to be children, no more than nine or ten years old.

When he presented the sketch to her on their next date, she invited him to her apartment for the first time. And there she made a halting and clearly painful confession. Until about a year before, she’d been dating an older man from her company, and on the day they broke up she’d swallowed a handful of sleeping pills and been rushed to the hospital. What did he think of a woman who’d do something like that? Kawashima said he didn’t think it was any big deal, and he meant it. ’ he said. Not long afterwards, they moved in together.

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