Monday, July 9, 2012

Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2

It occurred to me that I never blogged about this book, to which I contributed five reviews. I suppose it's because the pieces I submitted were pared down versions of reviews that have already appeared in my own books -- nothing new for my readers (both of you) to get excited about. However, it's worth mentioning that the book (along with its predecessor) is full of wonderful reviews and essays covering myriad genres of Japanese film, a fact I confess I overlooked for the sake of my own myopic concerns.

So, for the record, if you have any interest in Japanese film and wish to broaden your horizons, absolutely get this book. And I suggest you get it in print, as it's full of full color production stills which may or may not come with the e-book version.

I understand a third installment is in the works (my friend Dr. Stan Glick will be contributing), so if you find you enjoy the books in this series, there's something to look forward to. Always nice to have something to look forward to.

So run, don't walk, etc.


Elwood Jones said...

I loved the first volume, so will definitely be hunting this one down.

Dr. Stan Glick said...

Thanks for the kind words and link, Patrick. I've been meaning to review the first two DoWC:J books but just haven't gotten around to them yet. Agree with you that both are well worth having and should be bought as print editions, unless one can confirm that the photos are reproduced correctly in e-book form. I'm looking forward to your NY visit later this summer. Hopefully the city won't be having another heat wave like we've just had. Though it added another reason, as if any was needed, to see enjoy a NY Asian Film Festival screening (or two, or three, or more) in air conditioned comfort.