In recent years, the popularity and availability of Japanese films in the Westincluding but not limited to those belonging to the animation and horror genreshave resulted in new, more diverse audiences for some of the most critically acclaimed and thoroughly entertaining films ever made. Reading a Japanese Film, written by a pioneer of Japanese film studies in the United States, provides many of these viewers with the necessary tools to construct a deeper understanding of Japanese cinema. In her introduction, Keiko McDonald presents a historical overview for those with little or no knowledge of Japanese cinema and outlines a unified approach to film analysis. Sixteen "readings" of films currently available on DVD with English subtitles put theory into practice as she considers a wide range of work, from familiar classics by Yasujiro Ozu (Floating Weeds), Kenji Mizoguchi (Sisters of Gion), and Akira Kurosawa (Drunken Angel), to the films of a younger generation of directors, including Hirokazu Koreedas Maboroshi, Yoshimitsu Moritas The Family Game, Takeshi Kitanos Kids Return, and Naomi Kawases Suzaku. Specific genres are also represented. Shiro Toyodas melodramatic The Mistress adapts a work of Japanese literature. Kaneto Shindos Onibaba is a horror film with socio-political overtones. My Neighbor Totoro is a beloved anime by Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki. The Japanese commitment to period film is examined via Hiroshi Inagakis classic Musashi trilogy. Suitably analytic yet thoroughly accessible, this work will become a staple of Asian film studies courses and enrich any cinema lovers appreciation of Japanese film.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.