Shohei Imamura Paperback – Jun 4 1999
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About the Author
James Quandt is senior programmer at Cinematheque Ontario and also editor of Kon Ichikawa and Robert Bresson.
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After reading this book I am not quite convinced that Imamura deserves to be reckoned in the pantheon with the classic directors. I am convinced, though, that Donald Richie is more than just the most widespread and influential Western writer on Japanese cinema but that he is also the best.
At a certain point in the book, one of the authors mentions that only in French and Japanese has anything been written about Imamura. OK, then why are there no Japanese critics or directors in this book? (Aside from double translations via French) It just seems like they didn't really put that much effort into this book. The dates of the articles are also perplexing. The book was published in 97 but almost all of the essays were originally published in the early to mid 80s, and some even earlier. In my opinion, this all points to sheer laziness (or perhaps lack of funds??) on the side of the publisher.
For $5, I'd say take it, the Richie essay is worth it. But $30 is just ridiculous. If you want to just blow some cash, I recommend Bordwell's Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema. It's way more expensive, has way more information and will accompany you for the rest of your life. (It's also available as a free download from his website but maybe I shouldn't tell you that.)