The Research Center contains basic film data on an astounding 12, films. The ordering procedure is outlined below. Reiko Ehara by mail or fax directly to Urban Connections. You will receive an e-mail confirming the item s you ordered, price, and delivery time. Among the revelations here: Largely neglected in English-speaking countries is the history of Asian silent era cinema. Reviews of silent film releases on home video.

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Each of these links calls up a detailed explanation of the subject, which can be printed. But the films have been nearly impossible to see in theaters or on home video and so, it is safe matsuva say, the great Japanese silent films are all but completely unknown in America. Urban Connectionsa Japanese publishing company, has released a DVD-ROM entitled Masterpieces of Japanese Silent Cinema that serves English-speaking readers as both an introduction and overview of the Japanese silent era cinema, and as a substantial database cataloguing 12, of the most significant films.

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Send us an e-mail at katsuben matsudafilm. You will receive an e-mail confirming the item s you ordered, price, and delivery time.

We will natsuda you goods soon after we confirme our receipt of the payment. This is a system in which you pay the postman when your order is delivered to you.

This data includes title, year of production, production company, director, staff, and cast. Database entries can be accessed by ,atsuda selections or searches by name, film title or keyword. Advance payment into our bank account: On the down side, this item was issued only in the Windows format, so Mac owners are immediately cut out.


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The brief clips included on the disc give the user a sampling of the high quality of films vvd in the Japanese silent era. Issued in a double clamshell case with a page booklet, this DVD-ROM which is not compatible with CD-ROM players, please note manages to pack a complete history of its subject onto its single-sided disk.

Data includes title, year of release, cast and crew credits, stills, commentary and a story synopsis. Yasujiro Ozu would be listed as Ozu Yasujiro.

Video resolution is reasonable good, perhaps a tribute to the restoration process done on many of the films by Matsuda Film Productions, a collaborator on this disc. Magsuda format is simple and easily navigable.

Masterpieces of Japanese Silent Cinema on DVD-ROM

An International Anthology Each film can also be individually selected for viewing. The disc also features a multimedia section called the Library, containing leaflets, photos, programs, dve audio and video interviews with sidebar text translations with silent era projectionist Yoshikata Akiyama, film critic Tadao Sato, silent film researcher Larry Greenberg in Englishbenshi Midori Sawato, actor Fumindo Matsuo and film director Kozaburo Yoshimura.

Exerpts from examples of Japanese animation are also included. Print out the Order Formfill in the relevant information, and fax it to us at Gary Morris founded Bright Lights Film Journal as a print publication in ; it became a web-only magazine in Extant prints of films and information pertaining to Japanese silent cinema has been to hard to acquire for study and viewing.


Embedded links take the user quickly to other areas of interest, and can inspire days of research into a particular romm or studio. For many users, the Theater section will be of greatest interest. The Research Center contains basic film data on an astounding 12, films. If desired, a multimedia presentation raises an animated theater curtain, features about 10 matduda from all 45 films, then lowers the curtain.

Unmarried young men and women were not permitted to attend a movie together. Also matsudz in the Research Center are period stills, leaflets and posters, and plot descriptions for 1, of the rm.

Among the revelations here: There are three main icons that permit entry into the various areas: Some of this material is tantalizing indeed.

Masterpieces of Japanese Silent Cinema is a vast and wonderful production, well implemented and deeply researched. Matsuda Shunsui, a benshi narrator himself and a pioneer of film preservation, founded this company.