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- GUN AND SWORD: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980
- Chris D.
- 24 December 2018 Chris D.
Chris D began watching yakuza films, writing the initial drafts of GUN AND SWORD, the definitive encyclopedia of the Golden Age of Japanese gangster films, in 1990 In 1997, he traveled to Japan, doing research and collecting illustrations With 95% of the main text completed in 2002, several publishers were interested but only if the book was cut by 300 pages It still took another ten years for this astounding reference guide to come to final fruition in its unexpurgated form a fount of fascinating insights and information for both the seasoned Japanese genre film fan and the curious newcomer All types of the Japanese gangster movie made between 1955 1980 are covered the swordfighting ninkyo sagas set in the 1890 1940 period, the modern jitsuroku true story bloodbaths, the matatabi wandering samurai gambler pictures, plus the juvenile delinquent subgenres sukeban girl boss , taiyozoku sun tribe and bosozoku violent tribe or biker Complete with the original 2002 foreword written by famed yakuza film director Kinji Fukasaku The Yakuza Papers, Blackmail is My Life, Graveyard of Honor, Battle Royale , and literally hundreds of illustrations All movie genres deserve ardent completists as well as astute critical observers With Chris D the reader gets both His informed passion matches an eagle s eye for small but critically important details and cinematic literary historical industrial connections Rich in primary, groundbreaking research, GUN AND SWORD is an invaluable reference Stuart Galbraith IV, author of The Emperor and The Wolf The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune Chris D s exhaustive research and dry wit gives us the sense of a dark city detective leading us through the dangerous terrain of an exotic mysterypacked with rare stills and essential, new information on the genreit is an awesome tome in the true sense of the word Kier La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women