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Outlaw Appeal: The Yakuza in Film and Print

Whether romanticized or realistic, yakuza films have a long history in Japan. Books and manga also help the public explore their enduring fascination with the nation’s gangs.
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Takakura Ken and Sugawara Bunta: Male-Male Bonds on the Silver ScreenYomota Inuhiko

Deaths in Japan often come in pairs. This phenomenon is especially frequent in the case of two people operating in extremely great proximity who highlight each other with their sharply contrasting personalities. When one of them dies, the other follows, almost as if being drawn to the grave by the death of the first. This happened, for example, with the filmmakers Wakamatsu Kōji and Ōshima Nagis…
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The Evolution of the Japanese Anime IndustryYamaguchi Yasuo

In recent years, Japanese animation has become popular around the world. Industry veteran Yamaguchi Yasuo, who has been involved in anime production for half a century, traces the history of Japanese animation, from its birth to today.
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