Japanese film in post-Occupation Taiwan

Chuck Stephens cougar71 at well.com
Mon Oct 6 10:32:34 EDT 2003

Quick (big) question: Though I'm well familiar with the state of 
Japanese film's official suppression in South Korea until about six 
years ago (I was at the Pusan film fest the year Kitano made an 
epoch-ending appearance with *Hana-bi*), I am far less familiar with 
the situation of Japanese film in Taiwan post-Japanese occupation 
(i.e. post-1946). Can anyone here provide me with a quick sketch of 
governmental sanctions/restrictions (if any) of Japanese films in 
Taiwan between, say, 1946 and 1990? Were Japanese films banned from 
circulation in Taiwan during this entire period, or at all, and if 
so, from when to when?

There is no doubt some material on this topic is available in the 
usual reference books (John Lent's old treatment of various Asian 
cinemas, for example), but I am unfortunately unable to access those 
volumes at the moment. Many thanks to anyone who can provide a quick 


p.s. All due thanks for the various reflections on bunraku in 
Japanese film a month or two back.

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