The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan

The Donald Richie Reader Years of Writing on Japan No one has written or artfully about Japan and Japanese culture than Donald Richie Richie moved to Tokyo just after World War II And he is still there still writing This book is the first compilat

  • Title: The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan
  • Author: Donald Richie Arturo Silva
  • ISBN: 9781880656617
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • No one has written , or artfully, about Japan and Japanese culture than Donald Richie Richie moved to Tokyo just after World War II And he is still there, still writing This book is the first compilation of the best of Richie s writings on Japan, with excerpts from his critical work on film Richie helped introduce Japanese film to the West in the late 1950s aNo one has written , or artfully, about Japan and Japanese culture than Donald Richie Richie moved to Tokyo just after World War II And he is still there, still writing This book is the first compilation of the best of Richie s writings on Japan, with excerpts from his critical work on film Richie helped introduce Japanese film to the West in the late 1950s and his unpublished private journal, plus fiction, Zen musings, and masterful essays on culture, travel, people, and style With a critical introduction and full bibliography.Donald Richie s many books include The Films of Akira Kurosawa, The Japanese Tattoo, and the PBS favorite The Inland Sea Vienna resident Arturo Silva lived in Japan for 18 years To read The Donald Richie Reader and The Japan Journals is like diving for pearls Dip into any part of them and you will surely find treasures about the cinema, literature, traveling, writing The passages are evocative, erotic, playful, and often profound Japanese Language and Literature

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    Donald Richie is an American born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17 Although Richie speaks Japanese fluently, he can neither read nor write it.During World War II, he served aboard Liberty ships as a purser and medical officer By then he had already published his first work, Tumblebugs 1942 , a short story.In 1947, Richie first visited Japan with the American occupation force, a job he saw as an opportunity to escape from Lima, Ohio He first worked as a typist, and then as a civilian staff writer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes While in Tokyo, he became fascinated with Japanese culture, particularly Japanese cinema He was soon writing movie reviews in the Stars and Stripes In 1948 he met Kashiko Kawakita who introduced him to Yasujiro Ozu During their long friendship, Richie and Kawakita collaborated closely in promoting Japanese film in the West.After returning to the United States, he enrolled at Columbia University s School of General Studies in 1949, and received his Bachelor s Degree in English in 1953 Richie then returned to Japan as film critic for the The Japan Times and spent much of the second half of the twentieth century living there In 1959, he published his first book, The Japanese Film Art and Industry, coauthored with Joseph Anderson In this work, the authors gave the first English language account of Japanese film Richie served as Curator of Film at the New York Museum of Modern Art from 1969 to 1972 In 1988, he was invited to become the first guest director at the Telluride Film Festival.Among his most noted works on Japan are The Inland Sea, a travel classic, and Public People, Private People, a look at some of Japan s most significant and most mundane people He has compiled two collections of essays on Japan A Lateral View and Partial Views A collection of his writings has been published to commemorate fifty years of writing about Japan The Donald Richie Reader The Japan Journals 1947 2004 consists of extended excerpts from his diaries.In 1991, filmmakers Lucille Carra and Brian Cotnoir produced a film version of The Inland Sea, which Richie narrated Produced by Travelfilm Company, the film won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival 1991 and the Earthwatch Film Award It screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992.Author Tom Wolfe describes Richie as the Lafcadio Hearn of our time, a subtle, stylish, and deceptively lucid medium between two cultures that confuse one another the Japanese and the American Richie s most widely recognized accomplishment has been his analysis of Japanese cinema From his first published book, Richie has revised not only the library of films he discusses, but the way he analyzes them With each subsequent book, he has focused less on film theory and on the conditions in which the films were made One thing that has emerged in his works is an emphasis on the presentational nature of Japan s cinema, in contrast to the representational films of the West His book, A Hundred Years Of Japanese Film includes a helpful guide to the availability of the films on home video and DVD mentioned in the main text In the foreword to this book, Paul Schrader says Whatever we in the West know about Japanese film, and how we know it, we most likely owe to Donald Richie Richie also has written analyses of two of Japan s best known filmmakers Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa.Richie has written the English subtitles for Akira Kurosawa s films Kagemusha 1980 and Dreams 1990 8.In the 21st century, Richie has become noted for his erudite audio commentaries for The Criterion Collection on DVDs of various classic Japanese films, notably those of Ozu A Story of Floating Weeds, Early Summer , Mikio Naruse When a Woman Ascend

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  • This was my introduction to Donald Richie, an expert on Japanese film and supposedly on Japanese culture and people. I discovered I did not like this person. In the Foreword, Arturo Silva says Richie is "an expert but with no pretense of being one" despite living in Japan for 50 years so far, but I found Richie made plenty of statements, some quite insulting, as though they were the truth about all Japanese people. He loved old Japan, did not like the "ugly" modern Japan rising from the ashes of [...]


  • I must have bought this damned near a decade ago. It's good, but I'm a completist of sorts, so every time I picked it up and enjoyed a piece, that was followed by my buying the full book that that piece had come from So, I recommend this for anyone interested in Japan and not willing to read every single of Richie's dozen or so books (some near impossible to find nowadays anyhow). It also contains what I consider to be Richie's greatest work (hmmm Better than Inland Sea??), a short story called [...]


  • Donald Richie has lived in Japan since the aftermath of WWII and the reconstruction period. He is well known for his expertise on Japanese film. His descriptions of ancient Japanese ceremonies and customs are fascinating. My favorite was his account of participating in the mysterious Fuchu Festival of Darkness. A late summer festival, thousands of scantily-clad young men march throughout the night, crammed together chanting and swaying as one. Richie notes that his original panic of being trampl [...]


  • An excellent introduction to the writing of Donald Ritchie, and a perhaps perfect starting point for anyone unaware of this brilliantly original and versatile author. Yet it is only a starting point—highlights only of Richie’s more than half century of writing in and about Japan, that will surely leave you hungry to read more.


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