Bio

Stuart Galbraith IV is a Kyoto-based film historian and writer. He is the author of six books, includingThe Emperor and the Wolf (Faber & Faber, 2002), the joint-biography of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune hailed by Martin Scorsese as “a must read.”

Peter Biskind, in The New York Times Book Review, called it “a rare feast for lovers of Japanese cinema [and] a monumental job of research . . . infused throughout with an affection for its subjects that is contagious. Best of all, it does what all good film books should do: returns us, with an enriched appreciation, to the movies themselves.” “One of the best industrial histories of Japanese cinema available in English,” adds Catherine Russell of Cineaste.

And Bill Kelley, in The Sarasota Herald Tribune, had this to say: “Not many film books deserve to have the adjective ‘extraordinary’ applied to them, but Stuart Galbraith’s The Emperor and the Wolf is nothing less than that. In fact, it’s more . . . this 823-page achievement wants to be all things to all admirers of its twin subjects, and, incredibly, it succeeds. Reference work, scrupulously thorough filmography, exhaustive biography – all are here . . . A graceful, economical writer, [Galbraith] is also a first-rate critic and film historian. [The Emperor and the Wolf] is a wonder of clarity and organization, and an enormous pleasure to read . . . [a] magnificent book.”

Galbraith’s other books include Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo: The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films (Feral House, 1998), The Japanese Filmography (McFarland & Co., 1996), Motor City Marquees (McFarland, 1994), and Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (McFarland, 1994).

In 2007, Galbraith’s The Toho Studios Story, was published by Scarecrow, while his latest, Japanese Cinema, has been published by Taschen and hit bookstore shelves in June 2009.

From 2004-2009, Galbraith wrote a monthly column for Japan’s Daily Yomiuri on Region 2/Japanese DVDs.

Within the home video field, Galbraith has written essays for Criterion’s three-disc Seven Samurai DVD and Blu-ray, Optimum’s Rashomon, and BCI Eclipse’s The Quiet Duel.

He provided audio commentaries for AnimEigo’s Musashi Miyamoto – The Ultimate Samurai and Tora-san, editing the accompanying booklet for the latter.

He was an associate producer for the DVDs of the classic poolroom drama The Hustler and Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict. He provided audio commentary (with director Richard Fleischer) for the Special Edition DVD of Tora! Tora! Tora! (all for 20th Century-Fox), and interviewed Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond for his audio commentary track for The Sadist. Galbraith also contributed commentary tracks to The Horror of Hammer and Tales of Frankenstein, all for All Day Entertainment. Galbraith’s audio commentary for Classic Media’s Invasion of Astro-Monster was released in 2007 and nomiated for a Rondo Hatton Award. More recently, Galbraith has recorded an audio commentary track with Steve Ryfle for Godzilla vs. Megalon, and co-produced an original video documentary accompanying the German label Subkultur’s Message from Space DVD.

Holding a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinema-Television, Galbraith worked as an archivist and researcher at both Warner Bros. and M-G-M. At Warner Bros., Galbraith implemented preservation projects and procedures at both its USC-Warner Bros. Archives and the Warner Bros. Corporate Image Archives. At M-G-M, Galbraith worked as a “film detective,” tracking down the original camera negatives to more than three dozen “lost” films.

Born in 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, Galbraith was a film critic for the Ann Arbor News, a daily newspaper. In addition to writing film reviews and feature stories, Galbraith also wrote a weekly column, “Video View,” which ran from 1990-1993. Between books, Galbraith wrote for such film magazines as FilmfaxOutre, and the French film magazine HK Orient Extreme Cinema.

Since 2003 he has lived in Kyoto, Japan with his wife, Yukiyo, and their daughter, Sadie.

5 Responses to “Bio”


  1. Dear Stuart:

    You probably don’t remember me, but I spoke briefly with you about Nick Adams back in ’98, after I read MONSTERS ARE ATTACKING TOKYO. At the ime, I was working on a biography of Adams, which resulted in an extensive article about his life that was published in Filmfax in 2001.

    Right now, I am embarking on a campaign to see if I can bring in some foreign rights sales for my biography of Dennis Hopper, which was published last September by Barricade Books. So far, only the British/UK rights have sold, to Robson Books.

    Would you happen to know of any informational resources on Japanese publishers or foreign rights agents for Japanese (and/or other Asian) translation rights you could point me to?

    I would appreciate any info you could throw my way.

    Many thanks.

    Yours,
    Peter Winkler

    plwinkler@yahoo.com

    dennishopperbook.com

    • stuartgalbraithiv Says:

      Hi Peter,

      Sorry to report I’ve had no contact at all with Japanese publishers and literary agents here. U.S. and British editions of my books have been sold here, but not rights and nothing has been translated into Japanese, even Taschen’s ‘Japanese Cinema.’

      Your Hopper book does sound like a good candidate for a sale here, however. Please let me know if you have any luck!


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  3. […] Galbraith IV is a Kyoto-based film historian whose work includes film history books, DVD and Blu-ray audio commentaries and special features. Visit Stuart’s Cine Blogarama […]


  4. […] Galbraith IV is a Kyoto-based film historian whose work includes film history books, DVD and Blu-ray audio commentaries and special features. Visit Stuart’s Cine Blogarama […]


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