Asian Cinema: A Field Guide

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The First Complete Guide to Asian Film

Asian cinema has never been more popular than it is today. In recent years, films such as Spirited Away, Hero, Kung Fu Hustle, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon have made surprising inroads into the American box office. Directors such as Jim Jarmusch, with Ghost Dog, and Quentin Tarantino, with Kill Bill Vols. I and II, have paid unabashed tribute to the Asian directors who have influenced them. On the world festival circuit, Asian films regularly win prestigious awards and are presented at film festivals from Sundance to Cannes.
Asian Cinema: A Field Guide is the first book to provide a complete overview of the past, present, and future of the world's most dynamic and influential filmmaking region. Over 300 films from China, India, Japan, Korea, Iran, and Taiwan, as well as the emerging films of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, are all included here.Illustrated with more than 100 film stills and photographsIncludes historical and cultural background information for each region's cinema Covers anime, Hong Kong action, Japanese horror, Bollywood, and much more!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061145858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061145858
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

covers a whole lot of names and countries and time periods

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 16, 2014
By C. Kollars
A great introduction to a whole world. Perfect for astute movie viewers who are beginning to suspect that not everything good was made in an English speaking country. And identifies all the significant “waves” of movie production.

I keep going back to it again and again. . .

 on February 8, 2016
By Tarachi, Benjamin
Up until now I only had a vague idea what Asian was, is. Now, though, I now WHY. The author has done a jolly good job putting together information contain therein and I recommend it to any who fancies himself as a cinefile. In other news: the book arrived in good shape. In my mail box, that is.

not what I expecte but….

One person found this helpful.
 on March 5, 2014
not what I expected which was reviews [as seen in news papers] of different Asian dvds,,,that being said IT IS A MUST READ for any college student in a movie course….it reviews in a general way how the different Asian countries developed they entrainment products

My scan is that it is an excellent resource. His review is

 on March 7, 2016
By pj brunner
Gift for my spouse. My scan is that it is an excellent resource. His review is so-so

This book is excellent!! You get to learn about the different …

One person found this helpful.
 on October 22, 2014
By jingo
This book is excellent!! You get to learn about the different directors in Asia, and you say start to notice that most of american films are somewhat inspired by Asian cinema.

Great Textbook

 on June 2, 2013
By makeupfreak
This book is a great overview of directors and films created from all areas of Asia and Southeast Asia. Good textbook for general foreign cinema studies..

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