Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves reviewed in Midwest Book Review

The Midwest Book Review writes of Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook: "Dissatisfied with the academic reference books on this popular Japanese film genre of samurai films, the longtime student of Asian and Japanese culture [Patrick] Galloway wrote this jaunty, learned reference providing 'historical background, cultural insights, production anecdotes, actor and director bios, and detailed plot synopses' for more than 50 of the films from the 1960s into the '90s. Besides the classics Seven Samurai and Rashomon, others of the numerous films included are Three Outlaw Samurai, Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Heaven and Earth, and Band of Assassins, as well as Samurai Reincarnation and The Razor: Sword of Justice and others in the series these two are a part of. Galloway's outstanding guide treats the films as part of the global popular culture rather than 'foreign' films calling for explanation in terms of some film theory or film critic's abstruse, involved ideas."

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