Hello all. I hope the holiday season has been treating everyone well.
In about two and a half months, Intellect Books will be releasing the maiden volume in a new series of books that is very much of the same culture-sampling spirit as this blog: the Directory of World Cinema. Each book will look at a different area of world cinema, providing reviews and essays from a variety of scholars and writers.
The first book, which will be hitting shelves on February 15th, 2010, will be the Japan volume, edited by John Berra. I'm pretty excited about it - partly because I contributed a few reviews myself, as did my Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow colleagues Bob Turnbull and Matthew Hardstaff. But besides that, it's a pretty comprehensive guide with a nice layout and plenty of material on the main areas and key films and figures of Japanese cinema (one of my favorite pieces that I've read so far is John's essay on Takeshi Kitano's Achilles and the Tortoise, which he presents as the "Film of the Year"). But don't take my word for it - you can download the entire book in a PDF file right here.
If you like what you see and want an actual copy of the book, here are the book's listings for Amazon.com and Amazon.ca. Happy reading!