Japanese cinema is historically one of the world’s most important national cinemas and its films and directors continue to appeal to a wide range of domestic and international audiences. Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts examines twenty-four major Japanese films from the silent period to the present day. Each chapter discusses the aesthetic specificities of a single film in relation to a range of issues which move from questions of industrial, cultural and critical practice to the historical formations of stardom and genre. In addition to giving an introduction to single works by major Japanese directors such as Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujiro¯, Mizoguchi Kenji, Ichikawa Kon and Kitano Takeshi, each chapter includes a list of references and a complete filmography. The book also contains an extended bibliography, a full glossary of key terms and a guide to resources for the study of Japanese film.