A Japanese Tragedy! URGENT! 1000s of rare film tapes about to disappear!
faithbach at yahoo.co.jp
Fri Dec 26 05:22:25 EST 2008
> To all Kinejapanners enjoying your Xmas, in the spirit of same,
> please give a few minutes to this cause, so dear to the hearts of
> us all.
> For the last six years Mr Omori, who embodies all that is fine and
> noble about the word "geek," has been spending 12 hours a day,
> every day, hunched over his ancient computer in a tiny walk-up
> deep in the backstreets of Kyoto, under constant threat of
> engulfment by the teetering floor-to-ceiling stacks of literally
> several thousands of VTRs of rare old films, both Japanese and
> Western. There is no heat in winter and no AC in summer, for he
> can't afford it. He presides singlehandedly and at great cost to
> his health and sanity over his realm of treasures solely so they
> can be viewed by all and sundry who have the time and few hundred
> yen he charges for his rentals. These are not ratty old copyright-
> protected products either, but all pristine private copies in their
> original covers suitable for dubbing off on home machines. At last
> count he had upwards of 7 thousand tapes, roughly half of them
> Japanese, which, if you think about it, would account for a very
> great hunk, if not close to all, of the old films still extant.
> Silents, subtitled versions, practically all of the late lamented
> Nihon Eiga Kessaku Zenshu titles in their catalog, including some
> "B" gems that nobody has ever heard of, trust me.
> Today, I was shocked to find that most of those films are packed up
> in cardboard boxes, for Mr Omori has thrown in the towel. He just
> can't make ends meet anymore, and he is about to take his treasures
> away from us all. For six years he has been unsung and starving,
> and he has had enough.
> Please, PLEASE, everybody out there, spare the time to send Mr
> Omori a message telling him he is loved and honored and his work is
> appreciated, and the whole world will suffer if his treasures
> disappear from view!!! He is bitter about the cavalier disregard
> of the Japanese for their artistic heritage, certainly with reason,
> and the snotty attitudes of those Japanese institutions which
> allegedly exist to make old films available to the masses but in
> fact do not. Please let us show him that this is NOT the attitude
> of the entire planet, that it fact it is swarming with geeks like
> himself with different-colored passports but with the same
> passionate love of Japanese filmdom as his own. With enough
> encouragement he may be convinced that perseverance would be worth
> the candle, and think seriously about continuing to make his films
> available in some way less costly to himself. All ideas are
> appreciated! Could his wonderful work be subsidized from abroad by
> us all chipping in small contributions??[in return for obtaining
> copies of certain films privately from people like myself...?]
> Anything at all from you out there will help, for he has little
> idea of the extent of the foreign Japanese films scene, nor of the
> big names at heavy-hitting universities out there who love and
> support it.
> You can reach Mr Omori [Big Forest] by e-mail either thru' his site
> (where a peek at his archives will convince anybody of the tragedy
> approaching who needs convincing):
> or by personal email to:
> f_eigatown at excite.co.jp
> The address is: Eigatown, #2 Fuyacho Biru 2F, Fuyachodori Nijo
> Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0934
> Japanese is best but simple English is better than nothing and
> every message he gets will be appreciated, I know. It just may
> save his treasures for those of us who care. In either language,
> please say that "Bahha-san" has told you of his plight.
> In Tokyo, at the end of next year the wrecking ball will knock down
> the beautiful, historic Kabuki-za in the Ginza because the craven
> thugs who own it want to build an office building; soon, too, the
> delightful Koma Gekijo arena, which has been delighting fans of
> enka/taishu engeki since 1956, will be a dust-heap. Do not let
> good Mr Omori go under, too. Please tell him you care. Maybe it
> will make a difference.
> Faith Bach
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