Finally, a readable book about the ever-popular genre of samurai film! Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves provides essential background on the samurai warrior in Japanese culture to help explain what makes these tales of loyalty, revenge, and explosive swordsmanship so watchable.
Covering top directors and stars, this guide has over 50 original reviews of a wide variety of films, from classics such as Oscar-winning Samurai Trilogy and Yojimbo (remade five times including A Fistful of Dollars) to influential films such as Lady Snowblood, plus newly released hits such as Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi. With American directors such as Tarantino increasingly influenced by Japanese films, this book is as much a guide to style as it is a solid film reference.
Written by Patrick Galloway, a lifelong student of Asian philosophy, film, and culture, who lives in Eugene, Oregon. Tired of the samurai film genre's under-representation and yet overly scholarly treatises in film criticism, Galloway decided to take matters into his own hands and write the book that he and fellow samurai film fans have been wanting.