The World of the Benshi

Edited by Michael Emmerich & Daisuke Miyao

Published by the Yanai Initiative in conjunction with The Art of the Benshi world tour, this lavishly produced book explores topics ranging from benshi stardom and the history of benshi performance in colonial-era Korea and the United States to the transformations that took place in movie theater architecture and accompaniment music in Japan during the age of silent film. Contributors include Michael Emmerich, Daisuke Miyao, Chie Niita, Manabu Ueda, Colleen Laird, Dong Hoon Kim, Denise Khor, Johan Nordström, and Kōtarō Shibata. Featuring more than 300 images from archives and private collections around the world, this beautiful, approachable volume will captivate anyone with an interest in film.

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