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[on writing] When I started to learn how to read, I discovered the same kind of power. I could create an environment that I didn't have, and I could order this environment in the way that I couldn't in my actual life. Then, when I learned to write, I learned that I could do this not only for myself, but for other people. I could create whole things that were believable, at least to myself, at ...
He virtually invented the discipline of Japanese film studies in English with his pioneering survey books on Japanese cinema and his classic studies of the works of Yasujirô Ozu
and Akira Kurosawa