Andrew Laszlo's Banjin
Banjin is the latest novel by acclaimed Emmy-nominated cinematographer and AHF member Andrew Laszlo....
Masahiro, a thirteen-year-old fisherman’s apprentice, is shipwrecked and rescued from certain death on Mujin-Shima by an American whaler, Captain Higgins. He learns whaling and becomes Americanized during the adventure-filled half-year-long ocean voyage from Japan to Massachusetts. Now, as John Mong, Masahiro is educated in the United States. He decides to return to Japan, in spite of the barbaric treatment that awaits returning expatriates. As a despised Banjin, he endures almost a year of torture. But due to the discovery of a small daguerreotype photograph in his possession, he is befriended by one of Japan’s high Lords. Over the ensuing years, now as Lord Tanaka Masahiro, advisor to the Imperial Court, he succeeds in bringing about the opening of Japan by Commodore Perry and the birth of modern Japan.
As an author, he has written numerous articles in most of the leading industry publications, as well as the books, "Footnote To History," (an autobiographical account of his childhood, growing up in Europe during WWII, and surviving the Holocaust), Every Frame A Rembrandt (a comprehensive study of the making of five of his feature films), and his first novel, The Seven Graces Of God. It's A Wrap! (about off-beat experiences during his years in filmmaking) and The Rat Catcher were released in 2004.
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Andrew Laszlo's career in film and television spans nearly fifty years, from the original “PHIL SILVERS SHOW” (Sgt. Bilko) to Walt Disney Pictures “NEWSIES,” "RAMBO: First Blood," "POLTERGEIST II,""STAR TREK V: The Final Frontier," and Emmy Award nominations for Emmy nominations for THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY in 1973 and SHOGUN in 1980
About Andrew Laszlo
Andrew Laszlo was born László András on January 12, 1926 in Pápa, Hungary... His education in one of Hungary’s best private schools was interrupted by the German occupation of Hungary on March 19, 1944. Shortly after, Mr. Laszlo was conscripted into a forced labor unit of the Hungarian Army. He escaped twice and was recaptured and transported to the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany, and from there to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia. Having survived the camps but losing his family, he immigrated to the United States on January 17, 1947.
After a difficult start learning the English language, he continued his childhood infatuation with the camera, working in various jobs that involved photography. He was the first person drafted from New York City during the Korean War and spent two years in the United States Army Signal Corps as a combat cameraman with the rank of Sergeant.
While in the service, in 1952, he married his wife, Ann Granger. After being honorably discharged from the service he eventually established himself as a cinematographer and rose to prominence as one of Hollywood’s top cinematographers.
He has traveled extensively throughout the world in connection with his professional activities, and accumulated close to forty major feature films, and an equally large number of major television, credits.
He is a member of “The International Photographers Guild,” “The Directors Guild of America,” “The American Society of Cinematographers,” “The Motion Picture Academy,” and has served two terms as a Governor of “The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.”
Mr. Laszlo received Emmy nominations for filming Edward Everett Hale’s classic: “THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY” in 1973 and the epic mini-series “SHOGUN” in 1980. In 2001 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Worldfest – Houston International Film Festival, and with a second Lifetime Achievement Award at the Alba Regia International Film Festival in Hungary in 2006.
Mr. Laszlo lectures extensively at many of the country’s top Colleges and Universities. He has also given numerous seminars for industry professionals and future filmmakers in the U. S., as well as in Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Kodak Visiting Artists Program.
Mr. Laszlo’s hobbies include, quite naturally, photography, writing, flying, wood and metalworking, and above all, fly-fishing. He lives with his wife on Long Island, New York. See his entire [Filmography on IMDB]
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