First printing. Uncommon first edition of this important study of "the most potent symbol of Japanese film to the Western filmgoer," that of the samurai, especially as exemplified in the films of Akira Kurosawa. Includes chapters on the major themes - the blind - blind swordfighters, rebellion, slayers - and more - Illustrated throughout with photographic stills. Glossary of Japanese terms, bibliography, filmographies and index; 242 pp. Fine in very good dust jacket (minor edgewear to dust jacket.) .ISBN # 0-498-01349-9
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