Changes at Toho

Thomas Vincent thomaswvincent at
Mon Jun 11 08:27:52 EDT 2007


I am wondering if this was answered off-list. If so, any chance I could find 
out more too...?

Thanks in advance,


>From: Alexander Jacoby <a_p_jacoby at>
>Reply-To: KineJapan at
>To: KineJapan at
>Subject: Changes at Toho
>Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 16:38:46 +0100 (BST)
>Dear All,
>   Anyone have any news on internal studio politics? I spoke to Donald 
>Richie last night and he told me that there appears to have been some kind 
>of internal coup at Toho in which some of the older and more conservative 
>bosses have been nudged into retirement. He didn't have many details, 
>though, as he'd only heard it on the grapevine. Does anyone know anything 
>more specific about this story? Is it going to become easier for the rest 
>of us to work with Toho in the future?
>   ALEX
>Aaron Gerow <aaron.gerow at> wrote:
>   To add to the list of summer events that I and others have sent, let me
>note that the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum at Waseda University is
>currently holding an exhibit on Furukawa Roppa and his involvement in
>musical revues. Roppa was one of Japan's great comedians who appeared
>in many many films in addition to being central in stage comedy and
>musical revues. The son of an aristocrat, he actually started out as a
>film reporter and magazine editor and is also famous as a diarist. The
>exhibit includes a lot about Roppa, including his relation to film, as
>well as related phenomena such as Asakusa Opera and postwar strip shows.
>The exhibition will run until July 31, but one of the jewels of the
>event is the rare screening of a Roppa musical comedy entitled Harakiri
>Boy (PCL, 1937) on June 28.
>Aaron Gerow
>KineJapan owner
>Assistant Professor
>Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
>Yale University
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