Important reprint coming
Fri Jul 5 13:26:31 EDT 2002
If you have Japanese language collections in your library, alert your
librarian about an upcoming reprint from Yumani. It's expensive, so it
probably won't be on anyone's personal bookshelves. Next to the Kinema
Junpo reprint, this will probably be the most important fukkokuban for
Japanese cinema. It's Nihon Eiga and Eiga Junpo, reprinted in 51
volumes, edited by Makino Mamoru, and (ONLY) 980,000 yen. ISBN
Eiga Junpo's 100 issues run from 1941 to the 1943. It took the place of
Kinema Junpo, title purified of the katakana.
Nihon Eiga started in 1936 and benefited from the agglomeration of the
magazine industry after the 1939 film law. Indeed, this is one of the
places where you can see the nationalization and censorship process play
out in articles, zadankai, and in the look and feel of the magazine
itself. By the end of the war, this was the only film journal left
standing. In 1945 is was reduced to something like a pamphlet for
industry and ministry insiders. These last issues are very rare precious
(and printed on very acidic paper), so the reprint is particularly
welcome for preservation of this final chapter in the film war.
These were thick magazines, dense with articles on every aspect of the
cinema. Let's get a few copies in non-Japanese libraries; Yumani is only
publishing 150 sets.
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