A couple of book related news updates.
First of all, Dolores Martinez‘s Remaking Kurosawa has now been out for a month or so in the US, but I have yet to see a single review. Has anyone here had the chance to read the book, and would you be willing to share what you thought about it?
The UK release, which was supposed to take place a couple of weeks ago, is apparently only happening a few months from now. Confusion surrounds the whole thing, and since I have my copy on pre-order from the UK, I still haven’t had the chance to read the book. (No review copies sent my way either, bummer.)
Secondly, there is a new Kurosawa book coming out next year. British film historian Peter Cowie‘s Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema (pictured above) is currently scheduled for March 9, 2010 publication. Cowie is known for his works on Ingmar Bergman, Francis Ford Coppola and John Ford, among others, so I think we should expect something quite interesting. I currently have only fairly few actual details about the book, other than its length (304 pages) and the fact that it contains a foreword by Donald Richie, and a preface by Kurosawa’s daughter Kazuko Kurosawa.
Speaking of Kazuko, when are they publishing a translation of her book Papa, Kurosawa? I have it in Japanese, but haven’t yet mustered the courage to try and read it, hoping that the might publish it next year to coincide with the centenary. Kazuko also seems to have some sort of a culinary Kurosawa book out whose title translates as Akira Kurosawa’s Dining Table.
15 July 2009
Well, I’m interested in Martinez’s book, but it’s high US price without any real information as to what it’s about, and too a wrong Amazon description, sort of holds me back.
I’ll look for at the book store, and give a quick browse this weekend.
I would offer to translate Papa Kurosawa, but I couldn’t manage to read though the children book “minna no kao” successfully, so maybe it’s best we wait. 😛