Donald Richie's A Hundred Years of Japanese Film

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Called "the dean of Japan's arts critics" by Time magazine, Richie takes us from the inception of Japanese cinema at the end of the nineteenth century, through the achievements of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu, then on to the notable works of contemporary filmmakers. This revised edition includes analyses of the latest trends in Japanese cinema, such as the revival of the horror genre, and introduces today's up-and-coming directors and their works.

This list is from the 'Selective Guide to Dvds and Videos' included at the back of the book, where Richie provided capsule reviews of the major subtitled Japanese films commercially available in DVD and VHS formats.

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    Yukinojô henge

    1963 — a.k.a. An Actor's Revenge, in 6 top lists Check
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    Karakkaze yarô

    1960 — a.k.a. Afraid to Die, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wandafuru raifu

    1998 — a.k.a. After Life, in 7 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Enjeru dasuto

    1994 — a.k.a. Angel Dust, in 0 top lists Check
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    Antonio Gaudí

    1984, in 1 top list Check
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    Ôdishon

    1999 — a.k.a. Audition, in 11 top lists Check
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    Sanma no aji

    1962 — a.k.a. An Autumn Afternoon, in 9 top lists Check
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    Avalon

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mabudachi

    2001 — a.k.a. Bad Company, in 0 top lists Check
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    Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru

    1960 — a.k.a. The Bad Sleep Well, in 5 top lists Check
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    Narayama bushikô

    1983 — a.k.a. Ballad of Narayama, in 7 top lists Check
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    Narayama bushikô

    1958 — a.k.a. The Ballad of Narayama, in 4 top lists Check
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    Batoru rowaiaru

    2000 — a.k.a. Battle Royale, in 8 top lists Check
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    Jingi naki tatakai

    1973 — a.k.a. Battles Without Honor and Humanity, in 2 top lists Check
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    Watashi wa nisai

    1962 — a.k.a. Being Two Isn't Easy, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kuro tokage

    1968 — a.k.a. Black Lizard, in 1 top list Check
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    Kuroi ame

    1989 — a.k.a. Black Rain, in 4 top lists Check
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    3-4 x jûgatsu

    1990 — a.k.a. Boiling Point, in 2 top lists Check
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    Koroshi no rakuin

    1967 — a.k.a. Branded to Kill, in 8 top lists Check
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    Karisuma

    1999 — a.k.a. Charisma, in 1 top list Check
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    Genbaku no ko

    1952 — a.k.a. Children of Hiroshima, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chûshingura

    1962 — a.k.a. Chushingura, in 1 top list Check
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    Enjô

    1958 — a.k.a. Conflagration, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kurutta kajitsu

    1956 — a.k.a. Crazed Fruit, in 4 top lists Check
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    Seishun zankoku monogatari

    1960 — a.k.a. Naked Youth, in 3 top lists Check
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    Cure

    1997 — a.k.a. The Cure, in 4 top lists Check
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    Dersu Uzala

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
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    Chuji Tabinikki Daisanbu Goyohen

    1927, in 1 top list Check
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    Distance

    2001, in 1 top list Check
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    Dodesukaden

    1970 — a.k.a. Dodes'ka-den, in 5 top lists Check
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    Shinjû: Ten no Amijima

    1969 — a.k.a. Double Suicide, in 4 top lists Check
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    Yume

    1990 — a.k.a. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, in 5 top lists Check
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    Yoidore tenshi

    1948 — a.k.a. Drunken Angel, in 4 top lists Check
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    Sôshun

    1956 — a.k.a. Early Spring, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bakushû

    1951 — a.k.a. Early Summer, in 8 top lists Check
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    Eijanaika

    1981 — a.k.a. Why Not?, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kenka erejî

    1966 — a.k.a. Fighting Elegy, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kohayagawa-ke no aki

    1961 — a.k.a. The End of Summer, in 3 top lists Check
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    Yurîka

    2000 — a.k.a. Eureka, in 3 top lists Check
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    Tanin no kao

    1966 — a.k.a. The Face of Another, in 6 top lists Check
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    Kazoku gêmu

    1983 — a.k.a. The Family Game, in 2 top lists Check
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    Nobi

    1959 — a.k.a. Fires on the Plain, in 5 top lists Check
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    Ochazuke no aji

    1952 — a.k.a. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ukikusa

    1959 — a.k.a. Floating Weeds, in 10 top lists Check
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    Nagareru

    1956 — a.k.a. Flowing, in 4 top lists Check
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    Focus

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Osôshiki

    1984 — a.k.a. The Funeral, in 2 top lists Check
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    Nikutai no mon

    1964 — a.k.a. Gate of Flesh, in 2 top lists Check
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    Jigokumon

    1953 — a.k.a. Gate of Hell, in 9 top lists Check
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