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We publish intelligent, gritty thrillers with Asian themes

Background Materials

 

Martin Gower found these useful when writing Maximum Target.

 

 

ON NORTH KOREA

 

Books

 

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader – Bradley K. Martin

Great Leader, Dear Leader – Bertil Lintner

Rogue Regime – Jasper Becker

The Aquariums of Pyongyang – Kang Chol-hwan

North Korea through the Looking Glass – Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig

Failure to Protect – D.L.A. Piper

In North Korea – Nanchu with Xing Hang

Pyongyang – Guy Delisle

I am a Korean: the Story of the World Professional Wrestling Champion Rikidozan – Li Ho-in

Comrades and Strangers – Michael Harrold

The Great Man Kim Jong-il – Lee Il-bok and Yun Sang-hon

North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea – Andrei Lankov

 

Movies

 

Crossing – dir. Kim Tae-gyun, 2008

Gikyoudai: Secret Reunion – dir. Hun Jang, 2010

 

 

ON JAPAN

 

Books

 

Toppamono: My Life In Japan’s Underworld – Manabu Miyazaki

Confessions of a Yakuza – Junichi Saga

Shibumi – Trevanian

Empire of Signs – Roland Barthes

 

Movies

 

The Sun’s Burial – dir Nagahisa Oshima, 1960

Pigs and Battleships – dir. Shohei Imamura, 1961

Battles without Honor and Humanity – dir. Kinji Fukasaku, 1972

Shinjuku Outlaw – dir. Takashi Miike, 1992.

Agitator – dir. Takashi Miike, 2002.

Blood and Bones – dir. Yoichi Sai, 2004.

Pacchigi – dir. Kazuyuki Izutsu, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

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