Mark Schilling

In 1997 Schilling published The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture and in 1999 Contemporary Japanese Film, both with Weatherhill. In 2003 he published The Yakuza Movie Book รณ A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films with Stone Bridge Press.

He has contributed articles to several other books, including Japan Pop! (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), Ichikawa Kon (Cinematheque Ontario, 2001) and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (Routledge, 2002), The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film (Wallflower, 2007) as well as translating and writing the introduction for Princess Mononoke: The Art and Making of Japan's Most Popular Film of All Time (Hyperion, 1999).

In 2005 he programmed a 16-film retrospective devoted to the Nikkatsu Action genre for the Udine Far East Film Festival and published an accompanying book with the festival organization, Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche. In 2007 FAB Press brought out a revised and expanded edition of this book: No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action Cinema.

In 2006, Schilling contributed to Asia Sings!, a book the Centro published as part of the Udine festival retro on Asian musicals. In 2010 he will curate a retrospective for the Udine festival on the films of Shin Toho and the Centro will again publish a book to accompany it.


  • "The Yakuza Movie Book fills so many gaps and does it in such a convincing manner, that we can only applaud Schilling's efforts. Beyond being a book that fans of yakuza films old and new will (and should) lap up, it also contributes greatly to the understanding of an important but previously undervalued aspect of Japanese cinema."
    Midnight Eye
  • "The breadth and depth of talent in Schilling interviews (not to mention the ease of conversation) is testimony to the respect he would seem to command within the Japanese film industry."
    Chris Payne, Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
  • "Schilling plays a very cool Virgil to our Dante as we descend, circle after circle, into the yakuza underworld. And in the process he has given us not only the first major study of a true Japanese genre but also - with its facts, figures, and interviews - a real contribution to film-genre studies."
    Donald Richie
  • "Through yakuza movies we can see Japanese society at its most fundamental level. This is an important and valuable book."
    Tadao Sato, film critic and author of Currents in Japanese Cinema