Something Like An Autobiography

Something Like An Autobiography

Book - 1983
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The distinguished filmmaker chronicles his life from his birth in 1910 to the worldwide success in 1951 of his film "Rashomon," and provides a provocative account of the Japanese film industry.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1983, ©1982
Edition: 1st Vintage books ed
ISBN: 9780394714394
Characteristics: xiii, 205 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Dec 02, 2017

Akira Kurosawa, the famous Japanese film director, wrote this "autobiography" that takes us through only Rashomon. If only it had been longer! It's sort of like an autobiography, sort of like a mini-history of Japanese film, sort of like several vignettes of his life. He lived through the Great Kanto Earthquake and, of course, through WWII. Since he was only 3 years older than my dad, I found his description of his childhood especially interesting since my dad spent a good part of his childhood in Japan. A must for lovers of Japanese film.

Dec 11, 2015

Though cinephiles will certainly appreciate this book, it is so evocative, subtle, and bittersweet that any reader can easily get into it. Kurosawa details his childhood, his struggles in school, his personal losses (the deaths of several siblings), and his early film career in a way that is both lyrical and direct. Regrettably, the book is all too brief (less than 200 pages), ending with Rashomon (1950), the film that brought him and Japanese cinema international recognition. It's a beautifully written book and a fine antidote to so many showboating memoirs and autobiographies that clog up the book lists.


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