Bye bye Pia

Aaron Gerow aaron.gerow at
Thu Apr 21 22:58:12 EDT 2011

The Asahi reports that the information magazine Pia will cease publication in July. Those of you who lived in Japan especially in the 80s and 90s know that Pia was the source for information not only on where commercial films were playing but also, since anyone could submit their own screenings, where experimental or jishu eiga screenings were taking place. I went to many an odd screening that I found in Pia, which for a while I bought weekly. A lot of that info is on the net, so you can understand why the magazine will stop (Pia will still run its website), but this does sound like the end of an era.

The Pia Film Festival, one of the most important showcases for new film talent in Japan, will continue, however. Pia apparently makes most of its money through its ticket sales bureau, so the company is still alive and well.

Aaron Gerow
KineJapan owner

Associate Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University

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