Togawa Naoki

kiseko minaguchi kiko at
Thu Feb 11 23:02:49 EST 2010

My deepest condoloence to Togawa sensei. By the time I found his name on 
JSIA directory and wanted
to make an appointment for an interview as one of the
strong reviewers of Hahamono films, he was sick in bed, according to his 
wife. I wish  I could get some
informations of the postwar review climates from those
alive. Could you give me any names?

---- Original Message ----- 
??? : "Aaron Gerow" <aaron.gerow at>
?? : <KineJapan at>
???? : 2010?2?6? 10:49
?? : Togawa Naoki

> The Asahi reports this morning that the film critic Togawa Naoki  passed 
> away on Feb. 5th from a burst aneurism. He was 92 years old.  Togawa was 
> one of the few critics active from the 1930s who was still  alive. He 
> began writing in Eiga hyoron when he was still a student at  Tokyo 
> University. He was particularly active on the international  level, 
> serving on juries at film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin  and writing 
> the Japan entry in the International Film Guide for many  years. He also 
> was head of the selection committee for the Mainichi  Concours for a long 
> time. He began teaching at the Faculty of Arts at  Nihon University in the 
> 1950s, eventually rising to becoming dean. He  also taught at other 
> universities such as Waseda, served on many  government panels, and 
> received the Kawakita Award in 1995. He  received an Order of the Sacred 
> Treasure in 1988.
> I met him many times, especially since we were both on the board of 
> directors at the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and he was 
> always the gentleman. Gomeifuku o oinori shimasu.
> Aaron Gerow
> Associate Professor
> Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
> Yale University
> 53 Wall Street, Room 316
> PO Box 208363
> New Haven, CT 06520-8363
> Phone: 1-203-432-7082
> Fax: 1-203-432-6764
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