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Directed by Yasujiro Ozu Paperback
by Shiguéhiko Hasumi (Author), Ryan Cook PhD (Translator), Aaron Gerow (Introduction) – March 5, 2024

First published in 1983, Shiguéhiko Hasumi's Directed by Yasujirō Ozu has become one of the most influential books on cinema written in Japanese. This pioneering translation brings Hasumi's landmark work to an English-speaking public for the first time, inviting a new readership to engage with this astutely observed, deeply moving meditation on the oeuvre of one of the giants of world cinema. Complemented by a critical introduction from acclaimed film scholar Aaron Gerow and rendered fluidly in Ryan Cook's agile translation, this volume will grace the shelves of cinephiles for many years to come.

About the Author
Shiguéhiko Hasumi (1936–) is a film and literary critic and scholar. He received his doctorate from the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and was the twenty-sixth president of the University of Tokyo (1997–2001). He has received numerous awards, including the Yomiuri Bungaku Award for Anti-Nihongoron (Han-Nihongoron, 1977), the Geijutsu Senshō Award for Portrait of a Mediocre Artist: On Maxime Du Camp (Bonʻyō na geijutsuka no shōzō: Makushimu Dyu Kan-ron, 1988), and L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Commandeur from the French Ministry of Culture (1999). His many other works include Lectures on Hollywood Film History (Hariuddo eigashi kōgi, 1993), Godard, Manet, Foucault (Godāru, Manē, Fūkō, 2008), On Madame Bovary (Bovarī fujin-ron, 2014), What Is a Shot? (Shotto to wa nani ka, 2022), and On John Ford (Jon Fōdo-ron, 2022), all untranslated. Hasumi's productive relationships with influential filmmakers including Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Manoel de Oliveira, Theo Angelopoulos, Wim Wenders, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Pedro Costa, Leos Carax, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Shinji Aoyama, and Ryūsuke Hamaguchi are well documented.

Aaron Gerow is A. Whitney Griswold Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and of Film and Media Studies, at Yale University. He is the author of Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895–1925.

Ryan Cook is a film scholar, translator, and librarian. He completed a PhD in Japanese film history at Yale University and has taught at Yale, Harvard, and Emory University.

Product details
Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of California Press; First Edition (March 5, 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 392 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0520396723
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0520396722
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches

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