Kyoko HiranoKyoko Hirano is an independent film scholar and writer, and was film curator of Japan Society from 1986 to 2004. She completed her Ph.D. in cinema studies at New York University on a Fulbright award, after studying at the University of Belgrade on a Yugoslav governmental scholarship.
She has taught at NYU, New School University, William Paterson University, Keio University, the Univ. of Tokyo, Graduate School of Film Producing, Temple University Japan Campus, Meiji Gakuin University; and lectured in the US, Japan and Europe. Her books include Mr. Smith Goes To Tokyo: Japanese Cinema Under the American Occupation 1945-1952 (Smithsonian Institution Press), its Japanese translation Tenno to Seppun (Soshisha); and Manhattan no Kurosawa (Seiryu Shuppan). Hirano received the Japan Film Pen Club Award and Kawakita Award; and was a jury for international film festivals of Berlin and Hawaii, and the Kyoto Prize.