AW: Lost Japanese Films

Jasper Sharp jasper_sharp
Thu Dec 11 12:46:25 EST 2008

Sorry, by Takako Irie in the last post, I actually meant Sumiko Suzuki.JasperMidnight Eye> Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:50:53 +0100> From: eigagogo at> To: KineJapan at> Subject: Re: AW: Lost Japanese Films> > Just to point out that 'Arima neko' (KITO Shigeru, 1937) have a final 'tower'> sequence that is an obvious reference to King Kong.> > > > Selon Roland Domenig <roland.domenig at>:> >> Hi Jasper,>>>> actually there were two Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu films made: Edo ni>> arawareta Kingu Kongu Henka no maki (released March 18, 1939) and Edo ni>> arawareta Kingu Kongu Ogon no maki (released April 5, 1938). Both were>> directed by Kumagai Soya at Zensho Kinema's Ayameike Studio in Nara. The>> studio was established by Ichikawa Utaemon, one of the jidaigeki stars of the>> prewar era, who in 1927 left Makino Production and founded his own production>> company Ichikawa Utaemon Production aka Uta Puro. He rented a parcel of land>> of the Awameike Amusement Park and build a film studio there. Uta Puro>> continued to make films until 1936 when Utaemon joint Shochiku. Uta Puro was>> absorbed by Shochiku; their last film was Akutaro shishi by Nakagawa Nobuo>> who had made his directorial debut with Uta Puro in 1934. A few month after>> the closing of the studio Utaemon's elder brother, Yamaguchi Tenryu, founded>> the production company Zensho Kinema and reopened the Ayameike Studio. Zensho>> Kinema lasted until 1941. In 1940 it had come under the control of Shochiku>> which eventually absorbed Zensho Kinema. In January 1941 the Ayameike Studio>> closed its doors and fell into oblivion. The last of the about 170 films>> produced by Zensho Kinema (and almost all lost) was directed by Kumagai Soya,>> the director of the King Kong films.>> As Alex Jacoby already mentioned, Saito Torajiro made a Japanese King Kong>> version (Wasei Kingu Kongu) for the Shochiku Kamata Studios as early as 1933,>> only a few months after the release of the original King Kong film.>>>> Roland Domenig>> Vienna University>>>>>> ________________________________________>> Von: owner-KineJapan at>> [owner-KineJapan at] im Auftrag von Jasper Sharp>> [jasper_sharp at]>> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2008 18:29>> An: kinejapan>> Betreff: RE: Lost Japanese Films>>>> Talking of lost films, something that keeps coming up in conversations>> recently has been the following title:>>>>>> King Kong Appears in Edo (Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu,>> ????????????????????????????????????, Kumaga S??ya, 1938)>>>> It's listed in the jmdb simply as ??????????????????>>>> Can anyone confirm it ever existed? It seems to good to be true.>> There's some information on the web, namely>>>>>> It appears it only screened for one week only at most then disappeared, but>> I've never even heard of its production company Zenshou Kinema (Zenkatsu>> Kinema?) before - it makes me realise just how much weird stuff in the prewar>> period there was. So sad its all vanished!>>>> Jasper>>>> Midnight Eye>>>>>>>> ________________________________>> Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 13:39:06 +0000>> From: macyroger at>> To: KineJapan at>> Subject: Re: Lost Japanese Films>>>> Dear Christiane Gruen,>> You ask ->> "Therefore we ask if anybody knows of any Japanese films, which are believed>> lost, that they please post to the list or get in touch with me at the email>> address listed below.">> Alas, for Japan, the question is overwhelming, if not mocking, since most>> Japanese films are lost.  Of the many thousands of films made before 1940>> (such as to be found on the JMDb website) all but a few hundred, I believe,>> are lost.  And plenty after this date are also lost - for example, Jasper>> Sharp points out, in his new book that most pink films have not been>> preserved.>> So, for practical reasons, our focus is on what films are preserved.  We have>> had recent threads on this list as to the availability of information on>> which films are preserved - see 'Film archive catalogues' and 'Japanese>> governmental agencies/film culture promotional policies'.  Due to the lack of>> easy availability of preservation information, Professor High's pointer to>> his book is particularly useful.>>>> The discussion on your website as to what might constitute a 'lost film' is>> valuable.  But whilst we have your attention, may I ask one question and make>> one suggestion, please?>>>> Question: (Assuming the Deutsche Kinemathek is the institution in Germany>> that holds information on films preserved in Germany,)  Is it one of those>> institutions that puts on line the listing of those films it has preserved?>> If so, what is the link, please.  If not, a listing of any East Asian films>> up to 1945 that are held would interest scholars, particularly as there are a>> few films that may have reached Berlin via Moscow.>>>> Suggestion: There is another category of found films that are hidden, in so>> far as there is no budget to produce projection copies.  Publicity for these>> might produce the positive result of procuring sponsorship for their>> projection and distribution.  For example, the only copy of a 1923 film by>> Conrad Wiene, DIE MACHT DER FINSTERNIS, (with Russian actors and, presumably,>> a Russian script) exists at Waseda University, Tokyo with English titles ->> see the report by Dr. Uli Jung in Filmblatt, Summer, 2003.  Perhaps your>> institution could find the budget to combine the revival of this hidden>> German film with that of a Japanese film in a similar state?>>>> sincerely,>> Roger Macy>>>> ----- Original Message ----->> From: "Christiane Gruen">> <Christiane.Gruen at<mailto:Christiane.Gruen at>>>> To:>>> <kinejapan at<mailto:kinejapan at>>>> Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 3:52 PM>> <>>>>> ________________________________>> Great search results, great prizes. Search>> now<>>>> > 
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