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FROM BOOK TO SCREEN: Modern Japanese Literature in Film. By Keiko I. McDonald. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000, 326 pp., with b/w photos. $62.95 (cloth); $25.95 (paper)

Keiko McDonald’s 1994 “Japanese Classical Theater in Films” (Associated University Presses) has become an indispensable text. Anyone studying the cinema of Japan will find no richer source concerning the beginnings and the continuing assumptions influencing filmmaking. Now McDonald has issued a companion volume about modern Japanese literature in films that is equally imperative for both student and scholar.

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