Japanese film in post-Occupation Taiwan
Wed Oct 8 11:15:10 EDT 2003
I asked around, and got this message from Yingjin Zhang:
I saw your posting to the CCL.? Yes, Taiwan banned Japanese imports
periodically, e.g., in the immediate postwar and in the early 1960s.?
Even when the imports were allowed, there were strict regulations as to
how many prints were circulated, for how long and how large the
newspaper ads could be.? Ironically, such resentment from the
leadership did not prevent the KMT studios from making coproductions
with Japan some times, though.? Japan was treated as a special case in
many cases, but so far I have not seen a clear chart of the years of
bans and non-bans.? Hope this is useful to you.
Many thanks and best regards.
On Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at 12:30 AM, Michael Raine wrote:
> It sticks in my mind that Japan's first exports after WWII were films,
> Taiwan in exchange for canned pinapples. Must have been late 40s. I'm
> sure I read it in Nihon eigashi taikan. Does anyone have a copy?
> apologies if this is pure fantasy,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chuck Stephens [mailto:cougar71 at well.com]
> Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 9:33 AM
> To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
> Subject: Japanese film in post-Occupation Taiwan
> 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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