Thomas Weisser is a long-term genre expert who has written many books about marginal cinema. Some know him as the chief editor of Asian Cult Cinema-magazine and honcho of Video Search of Miami, the grey market distributor of rare films.
Here's three books of Weisser with same format in them : short reviews and introductions of hundreds of extraordinary films from Asia. Weisser's wife and Japanese actress, Yuko Mihara Weisser made Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook and Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia in co-operation with his husband.
Thomas Weisser and Yuko Mihara Weisser: Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook (1998, isbn: 1-889 - 28850 0)
Thomas Weisser explains the enormous help that his wife gave making these books and the huge (and false) information considering these films. Only that Weisser is known of his errors and misinformation in his reviews.
This book contains a huge amount of Japanese movies between the years 1955 - 1998. Films have been alphabetized by their english titles. Also there is year of release, director and few actors/actresses mentioned. Like you could guess, genre films take the lion's share but there's also a lot of drama, comedy expect children's movies and animations. Ghost in the Shell and Princess Mononoke are the two expections though. Weisser's purpose have been to write the own book of Japanese animation, anime. Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook can be (and has been) a great introduction to Japanese cinema if you sure you won't stuck to error spotting.
Thomas Weisser and Yuko Mihara Weisser: Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia - Horror - Fantasy - Science fiction (1997, isbn: 1-889-28851-9)
Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia begins impressively with introduction written by Oliver Stone and forewords of Tom Weisser, who mostly explains the difficulties of grammatical differencies .
This book contains the Japanese horror/fantasy/science fiction -films between 1955 - 1997. You can find monsters like Gamera and Godzilla, crazy women superheros like Legendary Panty Mask and Keko Mask, infamous Guinea Pig - series, tentacles and scantily clad young women in Sex Beast Teacher - films and pretty much everything you can imagine. If you are a genre movie fanatic, this books for you.
Many of the english titles have been translated by the Weisser couple and therefore it might just be that you can't find them with those names in market of western world. For example, Koya no Dacchi Waifu would be Dutch Wife if translated directly. "Dutch wife" is what Japanese call a "blow-up doll". So, Weissers give us highly interesting translated title called Inflatable sex doll of the wastelands...
Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia contains a lot of same reviews than in Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook, so you should give a thought if you should buy them both or just another. For genre fanatics, I recommend this one but if you want larger scale to Japanese cinema, get yourself Essential Handbook.
Thomas Weisser: Asian Cult Cinema (1997, isbn: 1-57297-228-9)
Asian Trash Cinema and Asian Cult Cinema -magazines gave birth to this book. Many of the reviews can be found from these two magazines. The capsule reviews are very light-weight and therefore very easy to read.
You can find legendary kung fu classics as well as sinister CAT III - movies. The book is oriented mostly in Hong Kong cinema, there are also many obscurities from Thailand (Ginseng King) and Indonesia (Barry Prima's Warrior-trilogy and Mystics in Bali).
Many of the readers are delighted by the great appendix of kung fu-movies, which contains almost every fighting flicks from the year 1966 to beginning of 1980's. And all of them with their alternative titles, directors and important actors and actresses. Comprehensive filmographies of actors and directors are there too and also there is respectable section of leexploitation (or bruceploitation)! If you don't know who are Bruce Le, Bruce Li, Dragon Lee and Bruce Liang, check this out.