From Manga to Chambara Sword-fighting: Japanese Silent Film

Image Courtesy of Digital Meme
Six silent film classics from the early days of Japanese cinema—four of them with English subtitles, one in Chinese and Korean—receive a rare public screening in Akasaka, Tokyo. Produced by Japanese film archivist Digital Meme and NPO Heart Connection, the event follows a similar festival in New York, where over 1,500 people turned out to view silent Japanese movies with live benshi narration. Among the films to be screened are Issun-boshi: Chibisuke Monogatari (“Issun Bashi: The tale of Chibisuke”), made in 1929 and based on a classic fairy tale, and Tomikazu Miyata's 1931 Koina no Ginpei Yuki no Wataridori (“Koina no Ginpei, Migratory Snowbird”), starring Tsumasaburo Bando, one of the great stars of the silent film period.
Place and Date:
Saturday, September 27, 2008
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Akasaka Civic Center 3F (Map:
4-18-13, Akasaka, Minato-ku 107-8516 (along Route 246, between Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and Aoyama-1choume Station)
Tokyo, Japan

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