Imports: a correction and a question

Roger Macy macyroger at
Wed Apr 13 21:07:43 EDT 2011

Thanks Markus.
Luck is a bit relative here.  I can't see the Hakurai kinema sakuhin jiten volumes outside of Japan and the US (The nihon eiga ones are at Oxford).  So, at 240,000 yen and up, if it ain't in Pia, or online, it seems it's gonna have to wait.
But at least I've got confirmation of where I stand.
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  You are in luck (depending on the time period)!  Pull out the research guide and check out these titles: 

  Pia cinema club, gaikoku eiga hen

  Hakurai kinema sakuhin jiten: Nihon de senzen ni jôei sareta gaikoku eiga ichiran = Complete dictionary of imported movies up to 1945 August, edited by Sekai Eigashi Kenkyûkai————Tokyo: Kagaku Shoin, 1997. 

  Hakurai kinema sakuhin jiten. Sengo hen. 1: Nihon de sengo (1945-1988) ni jôei sareta gaikoku eiga ichiran (1)———Tokyo: Kagaku Shoin, 2004

  Wikipedia and IMDB are increasingly good for this data as well. 


  On Apr 12, 2011, at 5:24 AM, Roger Macy wrote:

    Dear KineJapaners,

    First, the correction:
    A few months back, I recall answering to a question on German-Japanese collaborations about Riefenstahl's 'Olympia' and saying something to the effect that the four-year delay would be incomprehensible today.  I've just stumbled on the fact that the 2006 UK film 'Amazing Grace' is currently on release in Japan and is being heavily advertised.  In my defense, the age of the film is not exactly being pushed ...

    My question is - and I'm sure this has been asked before, but I can't locate it - I'll write it into the index of my 'Research Guide' this time - is what is an accessible resource for the release dates of foreign films into Japan.  The period I'm interested in right now is some UK films of the 50s.  For later periods, there's runs in the UK of Kinema Junpo, but is there any volume I could acquire which would hold this information please ?


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