I’ve been trying to read my cold into oblivion and have just completed my first reading of Andrew Osmond’s new book Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist. I’m going to do a more detailed review on my blog when I complete the second reading, but I recommend it to anyone interested in finding out more about the work of one of the most exciting Japanese directors of today. It’s packed with information, gives close and detailed readings of Kon’s work and suggests a wide range of influences, ideas and opinions to consider and look out for as you watch.
It’s also beautifully designed with good colour pictures. The use of colour-coding for each chapter is very clever – for those who like to see a film for the first time without knowing the story, the colour-coded pages help you to avoid the chapters on works you haven’t seen yet.