The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan, by Donald Richie
Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson
Buy The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan, by Donald Richie
Critic Donald Richie doesn't quite have such an angry agenda in his new
anthology "The Donald Richie Reader: 50 Years of Writing on Japan"
(Stone Bridge Press, $19.95, Paperback). In fact, it contains more than
just film writing. These essays on Japan's culture are filled with a
beautiful serenity and a measured passion -- the work of a man who has
found his place in life.
Richie tells his own love story with the Japanese cinema and how he came
to start writing about it. The book includes interviews with such
legends as Toshiro Mifune, and excerpts from Richie's books on directors
Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. "The Donald Richie Reader" is a book
that won't soon gather any dust on my shelf.
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