The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films

The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films Japanese gangster films, with their stoic yet explosively violent heroes, have influenced everyone from Eastwood to Jarmusch The Yakuza Movie Book is the first book to look at this genre in detail It featuresthan 100 film critiques and top 10 recommendations plus profiles and interviews of famous actors and directors like Kinji Fukasaku, Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Sho Aikawa and Bunta Sugawara With dozens of stills and striking movie posters, this is a book any film lover will savor as a viewer s guide and definitive reference.Mark Schilling lives in Tokyo and has been reviewing Japanese films for the Japan Times since 1989 He is author of Contemporary Japanese Film and Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture It s an excellent starting point for those intrigued by the backdrop of Kill Bill Empire Schilling has produced a remarkable work on an enduring guilty pleasure, the first of its kind in English Library Journal Schilling is in total command of his fieldthe first Westerner willing and able to perform this useful service to world movie studies, and the sense of complete immersion in a genre will appeal to all film lovers The Daily Yomiuri This is prerequisite reading for any and all fans of Asian cinema Asian Cult Cinema


About the Author: Mark Schilling

Born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1949, Mark Schilling arrived in Tokyo in 1975 and has lived there ever since He has been reviewing Japanese films for The Japan Times since 1989 and reported on the Japanese film industry for Screen International, a British film trade magazine, from 1990 to 2005 He is currently Japan correspondent for Variety His articles on Japanese culture and society have appeared



10 thoughts on “The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films

  1. Jake Adelstein Jake Adelstein says:

    The book is much than a history of yakuza films, it is also an amazing history of the yakuza in Japan from a historical and cultural perspective There are some minor typos but probably less than in T


  2. Patrick McCoy Patrick McCoy says:

    Mark Schilling has written the only comprehensive yakuza book to date in English with The Yakuza Movie Book 2003 It is a genre that I mostly know from masters like Kinji Fukusaku, Takashi Miike, Seijun Suzuki


  3. Tosh Tosh says:

    Mark Schilling is one of the very few writers along with the great Donald Richie who has an understanding of Japanese pop culture This book is a great guide to the wonderful cinamatic world of Yakuza Gangster films A


  4. Jason Coffman Jason Coffman says:

    Thoroughly researched and often fascinating book about this particularly Japanese genre of film The section of Reviews, if anything, is TOO detailed after reading these descriptions of the films, I hardly feel like I need to


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