Fwd: AKIRA KUROSAWA AND POST W.W.II CINEMA OF JAPAN
Thu Sep 23 23:03:45 EDT 1999
I have seen Sanshiro Sugata, They Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail,
NO Regrets for Our Youth, Drunken Angel, The Quiet Duel (w/out
subtitles), and Stray Dog on VHS. My home institution is,
unfortunately, the disappointed owner of a Drunken Angel tape,
which lacks the resolution and power of the celluloid version
that I saw at (the now defunct) Namikiza in the Ginza perhaps
a decade ago. I'm hoping for furhter info. on 16mm/LD versions of
Kurosawa's pre-Rashomon films. But thanks for your comment.
On Wed, 22 Sep 1999, Randy Man wrote:
> It seems to me that the title of Prof. Soifer's class is highly misleading.
> If he doesn't intend to focus primarily on Kurosawa (which I think anybody
> contemplating enrolling in it would assume), then he ought to change the
> title. Another question that goes a-begging here is whether the Japanese
> cinema of the 1990s can still profitably be called "post war". I don't think
> In answer to his question about availability of some early Kurosawa titles,
> only SANSHIRO SUGATA of those mentioned is available on video (Homevision
> VHS). It used to be available in 16mm from Audio Brandon and may still be
> from Films Inc. I would also recommend avoiding the wretched Facets tape of
> DRUNKEN ANGEL. If you haven't already bought it, don't. It's a waste of
> money. Go with 16mm if you can still find it (again try Films Inc.).
> Randolph Man
> College of Santa Fe
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Alexander Soifer <asoifer at brain.uccs.edu>
> To: Edward Fowler <ebfowler at benfranklin.hnet.uci.edu>
> Cc: KineJapan <KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu>; Alexander Soifer
> <asoifer at brain.uccs.edu>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 1:39 PM
> Subject: Re: Fwd: AKIRA KUROSAWA AND POST W.W.II CINEMA OF JAPAN
> > Edward Fowler wrote:
> > > I can't help wondering why you would want information re: Kurosawa
> > > with a focus on the 1990s, which is to say, the very end of his long
> > > career, which began in the early 1940s. I, for one, believe that
> > > some of his very best work was done BEFORE _Rashomon_ (1950). The
> > > significance of his early work is suggested by Stephen Prince in
> > > _The Warrior's Camera_, and explicated even more trenchantly by
> > > Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto in his forthcoming study of Kurosawa (which
> > > should be out by the time you teach your course).
> > Dear Professor Fowler:
> > Thank you for your reply. I am pleased to inform you that you
> > misunderstood me :-). Indeed, I wrote as folllows:
> > > I am at preliminary stages, developing the course, and would appreciate
> > > your input regarding inclusion of the films that will be featured,
> > > especially films of the 1990s.
> > This question had nothing to do with Kurosawa (whose works of the 90s
> > I know). My course will be equally divided between Kurosawa (and I will
> > include his early works to be sure), and other directors of Japanese
> > cinema.
> > And so I asked (AND STILL DO!) for names of young and promising
> > directors of the 90s and titles of their best works. Sources for
> > purchasing
> > these works would be much appreciated as well.
> > I admire (and own in video formats) works of Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi,
> > Teshigahara, Imamura, Oshima. BUT: I have not before concentrated
> > on Japanese cinema per se. I am familiar with books by David Richie,
> > yet I need your help here too:
> > > > I truly need your input on text(s) for the course. I would like
> > > > the text to not only address the cinema itself, but also discuss how
> > > > Japanese cinema stems from, reflects upon and in turn creates national
> > > > culture.
> > Surely, your list can help much better than H-Film -- and I hope it
> > will.
> > I thank you for bringing my questions to the attention of KineJapan.
> > I have just subscribed to KineJapan.
> > Best wishes,
> > Alexander Soifer
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