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Reviewed by Mark Schilling What used to be an obscure publishing niche — filmographies in English of Japanese filmmakers — is now a task to which a small army — OK, platoon — of volunteers is now dedicated on Wikipedia, the Internet Movie Database and elsewhere on the Web.

Nonetheless, Alexander Jacoby’s book, which provides filmographies and critical profiles of more than 150 Japanese directors from the silent days to the present, serves a vital need.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
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