Reading of names

Roger Macy macyroger at
Thu Aug 6 13:17:48 EDT 2009

The penultimate FAQ in Aaron's and Markus' new 'Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies' (sale still on at Michigan, until Aug 15th)
  is 'How do I figure out transliterations for Japanese names?'  Unfortunately, it's the longest, and most guarded answer in the list. 

Basically, the message is - don't rely on one source, not even the Kinejun Nihon eiga jinmei jiten volumes.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Elisa Gazzola 
  To: KineJapan at 
  Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 3:09 PM
  Subject: Re: Reading of names

  there's this one maybe you already know it.
  if you google you can find many but I don't think there is a complete japanese names dictionary online.You should look at ca'foscari university library (Dipartimento Asia Orientale Palazzo Vendramin)
  Elisa Gazzola
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Massa Alice 
    To: kinejapan at 
    Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 3:57 PM
    Subject: Reading of names

    I apologize if this topic has already come up (a thousand times, maybe), but I was wandering if any of you had a good source for the reading of kanji names (of the eiga-kai). The best would be the reading in hiragana.
    I find some, the famous guys, on wikipedia, but what about all the other names? Every time I try to write a good filmography, with cast and credits, I have the same old problem. has some reading, but the "difficult" names are always lacking...
    Thank you,

    alice massa

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