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Japanese History, Literature & Culture: Films

Locating Japanese Films in CONSORT Catalog

There are a number of ways to locate films in the CONSORT catalog.

Alternately, for foreign language films, you may need to search for the foreign-language title: Kencho no hoshi

If you're looking for films by a particular director or screenwriter, or starring a particular actor, try an author search:

Many educational films and documentaries are available electronically from OhioLINK's Digital Resourse Commons (DRC).

Film Reviews

"Film reviews" and "film criticism" are sometimes used interchangeably; in this context, "reviews" are articles published in newspapers and an array of non-specialist publications (for example, in trade journals or magazines instead of peer-reviewed, scholarly journals) that typically include a synopsis of the film and commentary from the reviewer. Reviews are especially useful primary sources when studying how a film was received by audiences upon its release.

Japanese Directors

Additional books may be found in Consort through a simple keyword search for Japan motion picture directors.

Bock, Audie. Japanese Film Directors. Tokyo: Kodansha Interantional, 1976. Call Number: PN1998.A2 B618

Jacoby, Alexander. A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors: From the Silent Era to the Present Day. Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, c2008. Call Number: PN1998 .2 .J29 2008

Mellen, Joan. Voices from the Japanese Cinema. New York: Liveright, [1975]. Call Number: PN1998.A2 M37 1975

Stone, Judy. Eye on the World: Conversations with International Filmmakers. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, c1997. Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 S75 1997 

Kon Ichikawa
Quant, James. Kon Ichikawa. Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, c2001. Call Number: PN1998.3.I25 K66 2001

Akira Kurosawa
Cardullo, Bert (ed). Akira Kurosawa Interviews. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2008. CONSORT Resource

Desser, David. Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa. Ann Arbor, Mi.: UMI Research Press, c.1983. Call Number: PN1995.9.S24 D47 1983

Goodwin, James. Perspectives on Akira Kurosawa. New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994. CONSORT Resource

The Japan Film Center presents Kurosawa, a retrospective : 26 films by Akira Kurosawa, October 9-December 20, 1981. New York : The Society, [1981]. Call Number: FOLIO PN1998 .A3 K875 1981

Kurosawa, Akira. Something Like an Autobiography. New York: Vintage Books, 1983. Call Number: PN1998.A3 K789413 1983  

Martinez, D. P. Remaking Kurosawa: Translations and Permutations in Global Cinema. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009. Call Number: PN1998.3.K87 M37 2009

Yoshimoto, Mitsuhiro. Kurosawa: Film Studies and Japanese Cinema. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 200. Call Number: PN1998.3.K87 Y67 2000 

Hayao Miyazaki
Cavallaro, Dani. The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki. Jefferson: McFarland, 2006. CONSORT Resource

McCarthy, Helen. Hayao Miyazaki : master of Japanese animation : films, themes, artistryBerkeley, CA.: Stone Bridge Press, c1999

Odell, Colin. Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayo Miyazaki & Isao Takahata. Harpenden: Kamera Books, 2009.  Call Number: NC1766.J32 S884 2009

Ogihara-Schuck, Eriko. Miyazaki's anamism abroad: the reception of Japanese religious themes by American and German audiences.  ORDERED 1/15

Kenji Mizoguchi

Le Fanu, Mark. Mizoguchi and Japan. London: BFI Publishing, 2005. CONSORT Resource

Sato, Tadao. Kenji Mizoguchi and the Art of Japanese Cinema. New York: Berg, 2008. Call Number: PN1998.3.M58 S2813 2008

Oshima Nagisa (note the variation in the structure of his name between the two authors)
Cameron, Ian (ed.). Second Wave. New York: Praeger [1970]. CONSORT Resource

Nagisa, Oshima. Cinema, Censorship, and the State: The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, c1992. CONSORT Resource

Turim, Maureen. The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast. [electronic resource] Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998. see Consort online record for link.

General Japanese Film Texts

An additional 100+ books may be found in Consort through a simple keyword search for Japan cinema,  more than 600 items under Motion pictures - - Japan  varying keywords will produce different entries.

Anderson Joseph. The Japanese film: Art and Industry. Rutland, Vt.: C. E. Tuttle Co. [c1959]. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 A7 1960

Balmain, Colette. Introduction to Japanese Horror Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008. CONSORT Resource

Barrett, Gregory. Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the Principal Heroes and Heroines. Selinsgrove [Pa.]: Susquehanna University Press, 1989. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 B37 1989

Baskett, Michael. The Attractive Empire: Transnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, c2008. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 B38 2008

Berra, John. Directory of world cinema: Japan. Chicago: Intellect, 2010.  Call number: PN1993.5 .J37 2010

Bowyer, Justin (ed). Cinema of Japan and Korea. New York: Wallflower, 2004. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 C56 2004

Burch, Noel. To the Distant Observer: Form and Meaning in the Japanese Cinema. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1979. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 B8

Ciecko, Anne Tereska. Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame. New York: Berg, 2006. Call Number: PN1993.5.A75 C655 2006

Davis, Darrell William. Picturing Japaneseness: Monumental Style, National Identity, Japanese Film. New York : Columbia University Press, c1996. Call number: PN1993.5.J3 D38 1996

Desser, David. Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the New Japanese Wave Cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c1988. CONSORT Resource

Galbraith, Stuart. The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2008. CONSORT Resource

Iles, Timothy. The Crisis of Identity in Contemporary Japanese Film: Personal, Cultural, National. Boston : Brill, 2008. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 I47 2008

Kitamura, Hiroshi. Screening enlightenment Hollywood and the cultural resconstruction of defeated Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010. CONSORT Resource

MacWilliams, Mark. Japanese visual culture:explorations in the world of manga and anime. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c2008. CONSORT Resource

McDonald, Keiko. Cinema East: A Critical Study of Major Japanese Films. Rutherford [N.J.]: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1983. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 M35 1983

-----. From Book to Screen: Modern Japanese Literature in Films. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c2000. Call Number: PL747.55 .M36 2000

-----. Japanese Classical Theater in Films. Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses, c1994. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 M36 1994

-----. Reading a Japanese Film. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 M363 2006

Mellen, Joan. Japanese Classical Theater in Films. Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses, c1994. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 M36 1994

-----. The Waves at Genji's Door: Japan Through Its Cinema. New York: Pantheon, 1976. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 M4

Miyao, Daisuke. The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema. New York: Oxford University Press, c2014.  Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 O97 2014 

Nornes, Abe M. Japanese documentary film. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, c2003. Consort Resource: PN1995.9.D6 N59 2003

Nores, Abe M. and Aaron Gerow. Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies. Ann Arbor : Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Michigan, 2009.  Call Number: PN1993 .5 .J3 N67 2009

Nygren, Scott. Time Frames: Japanese Cinema and the Unfolding of History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 N94 2007

Richie, Donald. A Hundred Years of Japanese Film. New York: Kodansha International, 2005. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 R53 2005

-----. Japanese Cinema: an Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. CONSORT Resource

Shilling, Mark. Contemporary Japanese Film. New York: Weatherhill, 1999. CONSORT Resource

Standish, Isolde. A New History of Japanese Cinema. New York: Continuum, 2005. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 S72 2005

-----, Politics, porn and protest : Japanese avant-garde cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. New York: Continuum International Pub. Group, c2011.  CONSORT Resource

Thorne, Roland. Samurai Films. Harpenden : Kamera, 2008. Call Number: PN1995.9.S24 T46 2008

Wada-Marciano, Mitsuyo. Nippon Modern: Japanese Cinema of the 1920's and 1930's. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, c2008. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 W33 2008

Washburn, Dennis and Carol Cavanaugh. Word and Image in Japanese Cinema. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 W67 2001

Wee, Valerie.  Japanese horror films and their American remakes : translating fear, adapting cultureNew York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Call Number: PN1995.9.H6 W395 2014.

Yau Shuk-ting, KinniaEast Asian cinema and cultural heritage : from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan to Japan and South Korea. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. CONSORT Resource

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