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Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook (Anglais) Broché – 30 juin 2005

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great for those getting started in their Samurai Film journey! 18 avril 2010
Par Jon V. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I've always been drawn to Samurai Films, or Chambara,(sword films) as they're referred to. This book is a great primer for those getting initiated in this rare cinema appreciation club. I started watching many of Kurosawa films and to my amazement I found other directors had made samurai films. A lot of samurai films! I began watching as many as I could netflix, and after being a bit confused about different actors/directors/characters, I decided that I need a book to get properly educated in this genre. And that's how I found Stray Dog's and Lone Wolves! Patrick Galloway does a great job making things accessible to everyone while dropping in some really fun facts for those who already think they know a lot.

This is probably the best Samurai film companion in that it treats every film in its own context. It reviews a wide variety of different films and doesn't hold them all up to Seven Samurai's petigree.

Save yourself from waiting for the UPS truck and order his sequel book: Warring Clans and Flashing Blades. It's more of the great reviews, insights and fun anecdotes that will leave you wanting a 3rd book!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good source for Samurai films... 30 novembre 2005
Par Michael Valdivielso - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Do you like a certain actor? Look him up. Like a cetain director? Look him up. Want films from a certain decade or wish to know some of the plot before buying it? Look it up! This book is FAR from the complex list of Samurai films, but it hits on the major ones and the people who brought them about. I had a few films I truly enjoyed, such as RoninGai, The Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo to name a few. But with this book I was able to expand my library to include such titles as Lone Wolf and Cub and Zatoichi. A must for ANY library on film or Japanese culture.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a good introduction to the genre 26 août 2005
Par Trey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
While not an exhaustive reference or a scholarly-style examination of the subject, this covers the basic eras, the essential films, and most famous artists of samurai cinema. It is a helpful "users manual" for those looking to get into this genre, as it provides a commentary on each film and gives a rating of how available they are on Region 1 DVD.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good introduction chambara films 27 juillet 2009
Par Wes McClain - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Neither exhaustive nor terribly in-depth in it's coverage, "Stray Dog and Lone Wolves: the Samurai Film Handbook" is targeted primarily at those who have yet to do more than dip their toes into the ocean of Japanese period action films. The opening chapters explain the nature and scope of the genre, generally known in Japan, and among non-Japanese fans as chambara, the role of the major studios in the development of the Genre and the key players in it's history. Usually lacking in books of this type, these opening chapters are very useful for setting the stage for the uninitiated, and even added a few factoids to my own knowledge of Japanese cinema.
The bulk of the book is taken up with short reviews/discussions about individual films which the author finds to be crucial films in the genre, or good examples of different strands woven throughout the genre. Thankfully the author organizes the films in a roughly chronological order, which allows him to discuss the role that important writers, directors and actors played in the evolution of chambara films, introducing new faces and themes as they came to prominence, and allowing that to relate to changes in both Japanese and international film culture. Personally, I wish more authors of niche film "handbooks" would take this approach, as it gives a better, clearer picture of an industry, or genre or what-have-you than the typical approach of grouping the films by alphabetic order, or by studio or nation.
In addition, the author included two different collections of sidebars, one featuring significant character actors in the films, the other addressing elements of Japanese history and culture that recur in the films and my be confusing to a novice Japanese film viewer. All in all, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in getting to know samurai films, or Japanese films as a whole. If I have any complaints about the book, the first is that it's not as deep or exhaustive a study of the industry as I would like, but that's more my issue than the author's, and that the author, from time to time, drops into a conversational style that seems to be an attempt to sound hip, which can be jarring given the somewhat more formal tone of most of the writing. It's not a killing offense, but it does break the flow of the reviews when it appears.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good Solid Primer on the Samurai Genre 18 octobre 2005
Par Kevin J. Closson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
As a long time collector of the samurai genre I really appreciated this book. Although I have read scholarly books and articles about the genre, I too always felt there was something missing to bridge the gap between the fan and the higher levels of learning.

The book is written more as an introduction to the genre, so it is more for the average person than for someone who has seen most of the movies in the book. I like the way it is simple, but not simplistic. Mr. Galloway gives some basic background history, actor/director bios, and can talk about the movie without giving away crucial parts or endings to spoil the story.

Part of the problem I have seen on the internet in discussing the genre is a tendency to violate all of the above. I've seen Japanese history seriously mangled, and people clueless about basic background issues a Japanese person might know going into a movie. So, what you may read on the net is a lot of opinion, but have nothing to do with what the director intended. Just because one sees a Japanese movie does not make one an expert in Japanese history, culture, or religious/ethical issues a movie may bring up. That factual basis is lacking, and this is where I think Galloway's book is a good foundation in understanding the basics of all of this.

The one minor area I think was weak in the book is the "availability" of movie issue in the book. This is really a "relative" issue of how well you know how to use a search engine these days. Almost all of these movies in the book I found in the past pretty easy to find. These days if you know how to use amazon, or google you can get your movies in a few clicks. Almost anything English subtitled you can find on a search engine. There are a few tricks to this though so it is good to check up on who is selling you movies. It is the stuff that is not subtitled and not on Japanese websites you have to know a few things and few people to get, but I suspect most people reading this will not care too much about those movies since they lack subtitles.

So, it is a good book to have, or if you know someone that wants to get into these movies then this would be a good place to start.
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