- Perfect Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Creation Books (21 Oct. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1871592933
- ISBN-13: 978-1871592931
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.1 x 1.4 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood and Madness in Japanese Cinema (Creation Cinema Collection) Perfect Paperback – 21 Oct 1998
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An important overview of the more extreme milestones in an often misunderstood field. -- Bizarre
jam-packed with information and fantastic film stills...an essential book on underground Japanese cinema and its culture -- Book Soup, California March 2002
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For readers with more than a passing interest in the Japanese New Wave Cinema, I recommend picking up David Desser's Eros plus Massacre (named after Yoshishige Yoshida's film). Hampered by its aggressively wide scope and passive acceptance of misogyny, Eros in Hell does a terrific job of stressing the need for a comprehensive look at the radical reaches of Japanese Cinema. (ISBN: 1871592933)
¹ All of the footnotes in Eros in Hell would work much better if integrated into the text.
² Slocombe is best known for his photographs of Asian girls in bandages and, apparently, he feels a need to bring up his fetish with everyone to whom he speaks.
A good companion book to "Babylon Blue".
For his book, Hunter has chosen to explore blood, sex and madness as themes running through Japanese films. For the average film viewer, chances are the only film they will have seen or heard of in this book is "In the Realm of the Senses." For the Japanese film connoisseur, this book is one of THE handbooks.
Chapters detail film genres along with specific directors who have shaped the modern Japan film industry. There are also tons of black and white pictures, showing personalities as well as scenes from the many movies.
Japanese culture is complicated and full of paradoxes, and those paradoxes are reflected in the films highlighted in "Eros."
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