Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3 (Book)

Edited by John Berra

Back for a second encore following the success of the first two instalments, this volume takes as its subject not the genres or movements that constitute the cinema of the Land of the Rising Sun but the filmmakers themselves. Focusing entirely on directors, the contributors here offer over forty essays on key Japanese auteurs, ranging from the Golden Age to the New Wave to the present day, with inclusion of trend-setting and taboo-breaking genre specialists who have achieved a significant cult following.

Though the spotlight is on the filmmakers, this new volume continues to consider a wide range of genres associated with Japanese cinema, including animation, contemporary independent cinema, J-Horror, the New Wave, period drama, science fiction and yakuza.


Like its predecessors, Directory of World Cinema: Japan 3 endeavours to move scholarly criticism of Japanese film out of the academy and into the hands of cinephiles the world over. This volume will be warmly welcomed by those with an interest in Japanese cinema that extends beyond its established names to equally remarkable filmmakers who have yet to receive such rigorous attention.

John Berra is a lecturer in Film and Language Studies at Renmin University of China. He is the author of Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and the Partiality of Independent Production (2008); editor of the Directory of World Cinema: American Independent volumes 1, 2 and 3; editor of the Directory of World Cinema:Japan volumes 1, 2 and 3; co-editor of World Film Locations: Beijing (2012) and World Film Locations: Shanghai (2014); and co-editor of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. He has also contributed to Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema (2014).

Introduction by the Editor 

Films of the Year 
Hard Romanticker
A Letter To Momo 
No Man's Zone 

Festival Focus 
Tokyo Filmex and the Problem of the Niche

Industry Spotlight 
Interview with Susumu Hani

Shinji Aoyama 
Kinji Fukasaku 
Kazuo Hara 
Yasuharu Hasebe 
Eikoh Hosoe
Jun Ichikawa 
Kon Ichikawa 
Shohei Imamura 
Katsuhito Ishii 
Teruo Ishii 
Shunji Iwai
Akio Jissoji 
Ryuhei Kitamura
Takeshi Kitano 
Masaki Kobayashi
Masaru Konuma
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Akira Kurosawa
Yasuzo Masumura 
Hitoshi Matsumoto 
Takashi Miike 
Kenji Misumi 
Goro Miyazaki 
Hayao Miyazaki 
Kenji Mizoguchi 
Yoshimitsu Morita 
Hideo Nakata 
Mamoru Oshii 
Nagisa Oshima 
Yasujiro Ozu 
Kaneto Shindo 
Makoto Shinkai 
Masahiro Shinoda
Sion Sono 
Seijun Suzuki 
Isao Takahata 
Yuki Tanada
Hiroshi Teshigahara 
Yutaka Tsuchiya 
Shin’ya Tsukamoto 
Koji Wakamatsu
Mitsuo Yanagimachi
Takahisa Zeze 

'This is certainly a book that film students, scholars and Japanese film enthusiasts will enjoy and benefit from having it in their collection.'

Agne Serpytyte, The Asian Cinema Blog
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