O. Coombes

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A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise Histor&hellip by Donald Richie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..., Nov. 23 2002
Make it past the cover - half a century of cinemagoing to his name, and Richie chooses the second-rate 'Gohatto'! - and most of what follows is highly recommended. But on page 246 Richie turns his attention to anime (Japanese animation), and soon finds space for the reactionary opinions of critic Kenji Sato (who bemoans "the thin, insubstantial reality of animation", dismissing everything from Starewicz to 'The Simpsons' in a half-dozen words) as well as several mistakes: Hayao Miyazaki's 'Princess Mononoke' is set in the Muromachi period (1392-1573), not "pre-history" (p.277); its American release was in 1999, not 2000 (p.251); and the original comic-book version of Katsuhiro Otomo's… Read more