chance to sub five films

Christine Marran marran at
Mon Oct 2 11:50:25 EDT 2006

Dear Kinejapaners,

Thank you everyone for your suggestions for the five film subbing 
project.  I should have stated at the outset the parameters of the 
project.  We will be subtitling on DVD.  We will, most unfortunately, be 
unable to loan the films out for now. We are still negotiating that 
point with the lawyers here at UM.  I am very sorry that we will not be 
able to make these available to the film community at this point. I hope 
that one day soon somehow a kind of web sharing system can be instituted 
for films that have received permissions from producers etc (Michael 
Raine has thought far more deeply than I about this I'm sure...).  In 
the meantime, I thank everyone for the suggestions on where to look for 
previously subbed films so that there are no repeats and on what films 
to sub.

Christine wrote:
> I would certainly second the nominations for Adachi, Yamatoya and Fujita - I
> couldnt thing of any other directors who would so adequately fit the bill in
> that their work has never been subbed and distributed overseas properly and
> they really are all pretty important figures from the history of Japanese
> film around this time but are seldom recognised as such, either due to the
> unfamiliarity of people with the films or because they did all their better
> known work or wrote scripts for some fairly well known directors under
> pseudonyms. So I'll also throw in the name of Chusei Sone and Seichiro
> Yamaguchi into the mix, and no doubt some of you might notice that quite a
> few of these chracters were all part of Seijun Suzuki's scripwriting team.
>>Talking about non-subtitled movies which would deserve some attention, my
>>choices will go for directors such as :
>>- Masao Adachi (Jogakusei Guerilla, 15 yo prostitute)
>>- Atsushi Yamatoya (Season of treason, the very interesting Sex doll of
>>- Toshiya Fujita’s ‘ero-seishun eiga’ made in the 70’s (and some works
> from
>>Kichitaro Negishi)
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Christine L. Marran
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Minnesota

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