New Book: The Japanese Cinema Book

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Dear list members,


We are very pleased to announce the imminent publication of The Japanese Cinema Book (BFI/Bloomsbury, 2020). An e-book edition will be available very soon and paperback and hardback copies will be available to order from the 16th April in the UK and the 28th May in other territories.



Hideaki Fujiki and Alastair Phillips, eds. The Japanese Cinema Book (London: BFI/Bloomsbury, 2020)


The Japanese Cinema Book provides a new and comprehensive survey of one of the world's most fascinating and widely admired filmmaking regions. In terms of its historical coverage, broad thematic approach and the significant international range of its authors, it is the largest and most wide-ranging publication of its kind to date.

Ranging from renowned directors such as Akira Kurosawa to neglected popular genres such as the film musical and encompassing topics such as ecology, spectatorship, home-movies, colonial history and relations with Hollywood and Europe, The Japanese Cinema Book presents a set of new, and often surprising, perspectives on Japanese film.

With its plural range of interdisciplinary perspectives based on the expertise of established and emerging scholars and critics, The Japanese Cinema Book provides a groundbreaking picture of the different ways in which Japanese cinema may be understood as a local, regional, national, transnational and global phenomenon.

The book's innovative structure combines general surveys of a particular historical topic or critical approach with various micro-level case studies. It argues there is no single fixed Japanese cinema, but instead a fluid and varied field of Japanese filmmaking cultures that continue to exist in a dynamic relationship with other cinemas, media and regions.

The Japanese Cinema Book is divided into seven inter-related sections:

· Theories and Approaches
· Institutions and Industry
· Film Style
· Genre
· Times and Spaces of Representation
· Social Contexts
· Flows and Interactions


“With its preponderance of Japanese authors and the impressive variety of approaches it models, this volume marks a new era in the study of Japanese cinema. It presents new spins on old topics, and opens up any number of new avenues of inquiry. I can think of no other book that reveals the sheer richness of Japanese cinema to this degree. The Japanese Cinema Book is, simply, superb.” – Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian Cinema Department of Film, Television and Media, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Penny Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, USA. 


“Fujiki and Phillips' edited collection of wide-ranging essays represents a timely intervention into the field of Japanese cinema studies by a diverse group of international scholars. Its breadth and coverage will ensure it assumes a prominent position as a standard text within the field.” – Isolde Standish PhD Emeritus Reader in Film and Media Studies SOAS, University of London, UK.


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Best wishes,

Hideaki Fujiki and Alastair Phillips