Donald Richie's Concise History of Japanese Film

Every title mentioned in A Hundred Years of Japanese Film, in order.
Omitted are films that Richie annotates 'n.s.' (not surviving), and incongruous repetitions. Titles listed below as 'missing' are extant but not to be found in the Letterboxd database.

The book was dedicated to the memory of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashiko_Kawakita, with the last edition published in the 2000s.
Overall I think it's a fine overview from Richie (our ever-sensitive conduit between cultures), but it is clear that by the mid-2000s the industry has changed immensely, and he is out of his comfort zone. In the later chapters he doesn't conceal his contempt/indifference toward '90s trends in graphically violent yakuza pictures and animation.

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1-4: Beginnings and the Benshi

6: Taisho Democracy…

  • Sadakichi Shimizu, the Armed Robber

    1

  • Maple Leaf Viewing

    2

  • Two People at Dojo temple

    3

  • The Loyal 47 Ronin

    4

  • Souls on the Road

    5

  • The Woman Who Touched The Legs

    6

  • Our Neighbor, Miss Yae

    7

  • The Neighbor's Wife and Mine

    8

  • Eternal Heart

    9

  • Mr. Thank You

    10

  • Japanese Girls at the Harbor

    11

  • A Star Athlete

    12

  • I Graduated, But...

    13

  • A Straightforward Boy

    14

  • Fighting Friends

    15

  • Flunky, Work Hard!

    16

  • I Was Born, But...

    17

  • Passing Fancy

    18

  • A Story of Floating Weeds

    19

  • An Inn in Tokyo

    20

  • Wife! Be Like a Rose!

    21

  • Chushingura: The Truth

    22

  • Orochi

    23

  • Samurai Town Story Part I

    24

  • Samurai Town Story Part II

    25

  • The Greatest Man in the World

    26

  • Capricious Young Man

    27

  • Jirokichi the Rat

    28

  • Chuji's Travel Diary I: Koshu tate hen

    29

  • Priest of Darkness

    30

  • Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo

    31

  • Humanity and Paper Balloons

    32

  • Metropolitan Symphony

    33

  • The Water Magician

    34

  • Osaka Elegy

    35

  • Sisters of the Gion

    36

  • The Downfall of Osen

    37

  • A Page of Madness

    38

  • The Sun

    39

  • Crossroads

    40

  • What Made Her Do It?

    41

  • The Dancing Girl of Izu

    42

  • Okoto and Sasuke

    43

  • Warm Current

    44

  • Young People

    45

  • Crybaby Apprentice

    46

  • Earth

    47

  • A Pebble by the Wayside

    48

  • Children in the Wind

    49

  • Four Seasons of Children

    50

  • Marching On

    51

  • Five Scouts

    52

  • Mud and Soldiers

    53

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    54

  • The Abe Clan

    55

  • The 47 Ronin

    56

  • Battle of Hawaii

    57

  • Uma

    58

  • Fighting Soldiers

    59

  • Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family

    60

  • There Was a Father

    61

  • The New Road: Akemi

    62

  • The New Road: Akemi

    63

  • Port of Flowers

    64

  • Army

    65

  • The Most Beautiful

    66

  • Sanshiro Sugata Part Two

    67

  • The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail

    68

  • The Daughter of the Samurai

    69

  • Late Spring

    70

  • Children of the Beehive

    71

  • Utamaro and His Five Women

    72

  • Morning for the Osone Family

    73

  • No Regrets for Our Youth

    74

  • The Ball at the Anjo House

    75

  • The Japanese Tragedy

    76

  • Drunken Angel

    77

  • Women of the Night

    78

  • Record of a Tenement Gentleman

    79

  • Repast

    80

  • A Japanese Tragedy

    81

  • Where Chimneys Are Seen

    82

  • Still I Live On

    83

  • Stray Dog

    84

  • A Hen in the Wind

    85

  • Late Autumn

    86

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    87

  • Equinox Flower

    88

  • Tokyo Twilight

    89

  • Untamed Woman

    90

  • Wife

    91

  • Brother and Sister

    92

  • Late Chrysanthemums

    93

  • Flowing

    94

  • Mother

    95

  • The Lovelorn Geisha

    96

  • Floating Clouds

    97

  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

    98

  • Ugetsu

    99

  • Street of Shame

    100