Videos for Tsuchimoto!

Jordan A. Yamaji Smith oyabaka at
Wed Apr 6 15:57:15 EDT 2011

Dear All,

Many thanks to everyone with Zakka for putting this out! We're  
ordering a copy for the UCLA Media Library, and I'll be screening the  
Minamata doc in a course called "Cultural Responses to National Crises  
in Modern Japan" this quarter.

If anyone is in LA and interested, I'll be screening other films in  
conjunction with the course and would love to have other KineJapan  
folks come out. The first is this Friday at 5PM at UCLA's Royce Hall  
190 -- the original GOJIRA (GODZILLA)... I'll send around a full  
schedule when complete.


Quoting "Nornes, Markus" <amnornes at>:

> Greetings,
> We would like to announce the new release of THE DOCUMENTARIES OF  
> NORIAKI TSUCHIMOTO from Zakka Films. We were somewhat reticent to  
> advertise our new products at a time of great crisis in Japan, but  
> given the documentarist Noriaki Tsuchimoto's long commitment to  
> battling environmental pollution and critiquing modern Japanese  
> society and the corporate state, we finally felt we should release  
> them now since his works are as pertinent today as they ever were.
> Noriaki Tsuchimoto is one of the most important figures in the  
> history of Japanese documentary, famous for his compelling films on  
> the mercury poisoning incident in Minamata, Japan, and for his  
> fascinating portraits of a modernizing Japan and a changing Asia.  
> Tsuchimoto was involved in over 100 films, of different topics and  
> styles, and Zakka Films is introducing four of those, starting with  
> MINAMATA: THE VICTIMS AND THEIR WORLD, one of the masterpieces of  
> world documentary; ON THE ROAD: A DOCUMENT, a traffic safety  
> documentary that was so critical of modern Japan it was shelved for  
> 40 years; and two rare documents of Afghanistanfilmed in the 1980s  
> before the Taliban, including TRACES: THE KABUL MUSEUM, the world’s  
> only moving image record of a priceless collection that was largely  
> lost to bombs and looting. The DVD comes with the booklet, The  
> Documentaries of Noriaki Tsuchimoto, which includes a critical  
> evaluation of Tsuchimoto’s career and commentaries on each film by  
> prominent scholars.
> New Release!
> Four masterworks by one of Japan's greatest documentary filmmakers
> Bringing the world's untold stories to light, from the scourges of  
> Japan's modernization to Afghanistan before the Taliban
> Now on DVD with English subtitles. You can view the trailer for each  
> DVD on YouTube by clicking the trailer link.
> ●ON THE ROAD:  A DOCUMENT  (DVD-R / Region Free / NTSC / 42 min. /  B&W)
> The  
> Trailer:<>
> A powerful, award-winning critique of the newly modernized Japan of  
> 1963 seen through the eyes of a taxi driver.
> / 120 min. /  B&W)
> The Trailer: <>  
> Celebrated as a masterpiece of documentary, MINAMATA follows the  
> victims of Minamata disease, Japan’s most notorious case of  
> environmental pollution, in their struggle for recognition and  
> compensation.
> 42 min. / Color)
> The Trailer: <>  
> An engrossing portrait of Kabul in the days before the Taliban. When  
> few foreigners were allowed to film in the country, Tsuchimoto  
> succeeded in revealing the everyday life of Afghanis, particularly  
> those of women.
> ●TRACES: THE KABUL MUSEUM 1988 (DVD-R / Region Free / NTSC / 32 min. / Color)
> The Trailer: <>  
> A rare tour of the Kabul Museum and its priceless antiquities before  
> 70% of the them were destroyed or stolen. The only moving image  
> record of this treasure house of Afghani history and culture.
> For more information on these DVDs, please visit us at  
> <>  
> Now at a reduced price!
> To commemorate the release of THE DOCUMENTARIES OF NORIAKI  
> TSUCHIMOTO, we've reduced the price of THE ROOTS OF JAPANESE ANIME,  
> the first DVD we released. If you don't yet have this highly  
> acclaimed collection of classic Japanese animation, which includes  
> the notorious war film, MOMOTARO'S SEA EAGLE, you can get it now for  
> $10 off!
> How to order
> If you are an individual customer, please purchase our films at Film  
> Baby:<>  
> directly through us. More information is available  
> at<><><>
> <>
> Coming soon!
> One of our exciting, upcoming projects is The Filmmakers’ Market.  
> This is  a new marketplace for documentaries that allows filmmakers  
> to bring their English-subtitled works in for direct sale, kind of  
> like a farmer’s fresh produce market. We plan to feature not only  
> Japanese but also other Asian documentaries. We will announce the  
> grand opening soon!
> About Zakka Films
> We present some of the classics and great works of Japanese cinema  
> on information-rich DVDs. Our main focus is anime and documentary,  
> but as we scour archives and film festivals, our over-riding  
> criteria are filmmaking excellence and historical significance. Our  
> DVDs will come stocked with extra bonus features and commentaries by  
> noted scholars sure to enlighten students, researchers, and even the  
> casual observer of Japan.
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> Japan Disaster Relief
> For those who are interested in donating to the relief effort, we  
> have added a convenient link to the Japan Society of New York's  
> relief fund page to our web page.
> Contact:
> Seiko Ono
> Zakka Films
> <><>
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Jordan A. Yamaji Smith, Ph.D.
Lecturer, UCLA Departments of Comparative Literature and Asian  
Languages & Cultures; CSU Long Beach Department of Comparative World  
President, PeraPera Gaijin-dan

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