Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Horror, Fantasy, and Sci Fi Films

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Those familiar with the author's previous forays into the world of Hong Kong Cinema and Spaghetti Westerns will know pretty much what to expect here, and it falls far short of any dictionary definition of "essential". Short, cursory capsule reviews, short on insight, style and cultural context and high on typographical and factual errors, accompanied by an arbitrary star rating from one to four. The main virtue of Weisser's self-published book is its rigorously completist approach. Even though it states that it is not the aim to include every single film from Japan ever released, with separate editions available for a more complete look at Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Sex Films, and one planned for animation ("pleae check our subsiquent books" [sic], Weisser writes in the intro for the fourth edition), this initial volume certainly covers a lot of films and does give quite a good indication as to how much is actually out there.

Product Details

  • Series: Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia, the Horror, Fantasy, and Sci Fi Films (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Vital Books, Inc.; 1st edition (September 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889288519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889288512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews


 on February 13, 2014
By Victor Lazlo
I have read the reviews and , hey, to each his own. I practically grew up watching Japnese sci-fi flicks particularly those aired on Saturday mornings here in New York City. The book is a quick reference, love the photos and info (and the voluptuous Japanese actresses that go with them!)-yes, they’re all here: Gamera the flying turtle, Gojira (aka Godzilla), Baragon, every movie with every conceivable Japanese monster you can imagine —you name them, they’re HERE!! All the essential favorites! Love this book and as a diehard fan, I wish I could be at liberty to label this work a TEN STAR!!!

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