"The intellectuals and artists of the Japanese film world were remarkably prolific in the prewar era, exploring their contemporary cinema in technological, industrial, aesthetic, theoretical and musicological terms. The writers of this unique volume — featuring many of Japan’s finest film historians — have followed these same lines to investigate the complex soundscape of the 1930s. Mining that rich archive, they completely overturn our understanding of the conversion to sound and the last gasps of the benshi."
— Markus Nornes, University of Michigan
"In its historical rigour, intermedial scope, and nuanced analysis, this collection showcases the finest historical research on Japanese cinema."
— Chika Kinoshita, Kyoto University
"This is an excellent addition not only to the canon of sound studies in film, but also a signal achievement in Japanese film history and of film history internationally. It provides a rich and deep analysis of the factors at play in the changing field of sound/image relationships in Japan, favouring what I would describe as an almost "ecological" approach to filmic change."
— James Lastra, University of Chicago
"The Culture of the Sound Image in Prewar Japan will serve as an indispensable resource, providing coverage of an essential topic that goes beyond any other English-language book that I can think of."
— Charles O’Brien, Carleton University