University Press of Mississippi has been kind enough to provide me a copy of the table of contents to be included in the Akira Kurosawa: Interviews book that I wrote about yesterday. They also confirmed the 2000 copy print run, of which 1750 will be paperbacks (priced $20) and 250 with unjacketed cloth (list price $50).
Without further ado, here is the list of contents:
- Introducing Japan’s Top Director (by RAY FALK)
- A Personal Record: Kurosawa and I (by DONALD RICHIE)
- Akira Kurosawa: Japan’s Poet Laureate of Film (from SHOW BUSINESS ILLUSTRATED)
- Interview with Akira Kurosawa (from CINEMA)
- An Afternoon with Kurosawa (by R. B. GADI)
- Interview with Akira Kurosawa (by YOSHI SHIRAI)
- Interview with Akira Kurosawa (by JOAN MELLEN)
- The Warrior Returns (by DAN YAKIR)
- Tokyo Stories: Kurosawa Interviewed (by TONY RAYNS)
- Kurosawa on His Innovative Cinema (by AUDIE BOCK)
- Profiles: Kurosawa Frames (by LILLIAN ROSS)
- Kurosawa Directs a Cinematic Lear (by PETER GRILLI)
- Kurosawa: An Audience with the Emperor (by JOHN POWERS)
- Making Films for All the People: An Interview with Akira Kurosawa (by KYOKO HIRANO)
- The Conversation—Kurosawa and García Márquez (by GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ)
- An Interview with Kurosawa Akira (by KAWAMOTO SABURO)
- Akira Kurosawa (by JUDY STONE)
- “I Am Simply a Maker of Films”: A Visit with the Sensei of the Cinema (by BERT CARDULLO)
- The Emperor of Film—No, Not Yet! (by FRED MARSHALL)
So, no essays by Kurosawa or anything of that nature, but still a good bunch of interviews and feature pieces, with what seems like an emphasis towards the end of Kurosawa’s career.
I actually think that all of these pieces have already been published in English before, although never in book form. So, we will still have to wait for those Japanese interviews to be published one day, but I nevertheless think that this book will turn out to be rather interesting reading.