I bought Reframing Japanese Cinema (1992) edited by Arthur Nolletti, Jr. and David Desser for Desser's article "Toward a Structural Analysis of the Postwar Samurai Film" to use in an essay I wanted write on a revisionist Samurai film (Twilight Samurai). However, there were several other essays of interest to me as well. William B. Hauser's essay, "Fires on the Plain: The Human Cost of the Pacific War," was a excellent analysis of Kon Ichikawa's finest film. I recently saw Kenji Mizoguchi's film The Life of Oharu, so I found Robert N.Chone's essay, "Why Does Oharu Faint? Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu and Patriarchal Discourse," enlightening as well. My interest in major directors like Kurosawa, Oshima, and Ozu led me to read the essays about them in Part 1: "Authorship": Kurosawa/Desser's "Ikiru: Narration as a Moral Act," Oshima/Max Tessier's "Oshima, Nagisa or The Battered Energy of Desire," Ozu/Kathe Geist's "Narrative Strategies in Ozu's Late Films" and Donald Richie's "The Inn Sequence from Ozu's Late Autumn." In Part 2: "Genre" I read the following in addition to Desser's article on Samurai films and Coen's article on Fire on the Plain:Lisa Spalding's "Period Films in the Prewar Era," Keiko Iwai McDonald's "The Yakuza Film: An Introduction" and Gregory Barret's (translator of Japanese critic Tadao Sato's Currents in Japanese Cinema) "Comic Targets and Comic Styles: An Introduction to Japanese Film Comedy." All of the essays had fascinating interpretations of the films discussed and were enlightening on some level. For various reasons (lack of interest or knowledge) I haven't read the following yet: Arthur Nolletti, Jr.'s "Woman of the Mist and Gosho in the 1930s," and Part 3: "History": Hiroshi Komatsu's "Some Characteristics of Japanese Cinema before World War I," J.L. Anderson's "Spoken Silents in the Japanese Cinema; or, Talking to Pictures: Essaying the Katsuben, Contexturalizing the Texts," " Kenji Iwamoto's "Sound in the Early Japanese Talkies," and David Bordwell's "A Cinema of Flourishes: Japanese Decorative Classicism of the Prewar Era."