After the Americans, the Japanese have probably produced the most original, complex, and entertaining films in the international cinema. Anderson and Ritchie tell the story of the Japanese film from a number of different perspectives. Beginning with a compelling chronological overview, they go on to describe Japanese film through its various techniques, its directors, its actors and its audiences. Few industries have had a more fascinating history and Anderson and Ritchie do it justice in this fine and informative book.
[F]ar and away the most important text in its field, and the additions to the pioneering work have greatly increased its value. (Audie Bock Film Quarterly