Japanese Portraits: Pictures Of Different People by Donald RichieJapanese Portraits: Pictures Of Different People by Donald Richie

Japanese Portraits: Pictures Of Different People

byDonald Richie

Paperback | May 25, 2006

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The private collections of longtime Japan resident and expert on modern Japanese culture Donald Richie capture the personalities of certain Japanese people - some famous, some unknown - with insight and humor.This extraordinary collection of individual portraits is perhaps the first book about the Japanese to view them entirely unhindered by the various theories about them-people as complicated, as simple, as inscrutable, and as understandable as anyone else.In these fifty-four pieces there are both the famous-Mishima, Kawabata, Mifune, Kurosawa-and the unknown: the would-be geisha, the ex-boxer turned gangster, the scheming bar madame and the old man dying alone. Here is the notorious Sada Abe, who mutilated her dead lover and whose story was filmed in Oshima's The Realm of the Senses And here is Oshima himself, dead drunk and making perfect sense; here is the actress who played Abe, exiled in Rome. Here too is the delivery boy who kills himself for love, the girl who loved a Korean, and the actress, a public idol, who suddenly and permanently disappeared from view.And there are dozens of others, individuals who have in common, besides their Japanese nationality, the fact that they knew the author, and that -fortunatly for us-he knew them. This highly personal reminiscences form one of the most original and deeply felt books on Japan ever to appear.
Donald Richie is perhaps best known as the leading Western authority on the Japanese film and has lived in Japan since 1947. Author of the definitive works on Kurosawa and Ozu, his most recent is A Hundred Years of Japanese Film . He also write on other aspects of japan and is the author of thirty books and dozens of essays. Richie is...
Title:Japanese Portraits: Pictures Of Different PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8 × 5.13 × 0.65 inPublished:May 25, 2006Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804837724

ISBN - 13:9780804837729

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Japan and Japanese is snippets Such a great approach from Richie. The stories collected are all short portraits. Vignettes. Some are of famous actors and directors. Others are neighbors and casual acquaintances. What he manages in this short volume is to offer a partial portrait of Japan, its cultures, and its cinema in these small slices of the lives of individuals. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-16

Editorial Reviews

Richie's Japan lies far beneath the surface of the headlines. His portraits are unforgettable."-Tom Wolfe"More revealing than many a thick sociological study."-Paul McCarthy"Nobody has thought as widely and as concretely (therefore, as helpfully) as Richie has about how a single distinctive culture gathers up contradictions, coheres, works, resists change, and changes."-Susan Sontag"If I were asked what book to put in the hands of those who want to understand Japan, this would be it."-Anthony Thwaite"Richie has found his home in Japan-he has turned his home into art."-Ian Buruma"