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Introductory Note to Shigehiko Hasumi Tribute Dossier   


The following four essays comprise those contributions to a recent (July 2016), celebratory book published in Japan – A Collection of Essays on Shigehiko Hasumi, edited by Yoko Kudo for Hatori Shoten – which were originally written in English. The complete book, in Japanese, considers many other aspects of Hasumi’s output over the years, with special emphasis on his study of literature. All four of the following essays appear here for the first time in English, apart from an extract of Martin’s piece that appeared in MUBI Notebook to mark Hasumi’s 80th birthday. Our thanks to the publisher and editor of A Collection of Essays on Shigehiko Hasumi, and to Tetsuya Miura who kindly facilitated this exchange. As a bonus, we add Earl Jackson’s English translation of Hasumi’s 1986 essay on Naruse, which is repinted here with the author’s permission.


Three Hours with Professor Hasumi on a Train, in Japan Pedro Costa


On Hasumi Richard I. Suchenski


Given to See: A Tribute to Shigehiko Hasumi Adrian Martin


The Critical Event of Director Ozu Yasujiro Chris Fujiwara


Countering Errors in the Age of Discovery:
On the International Critical Assessment of Mikio Naruse
Shigehiko Hasumi