[KineJapan] Toda Natsuko's story

Markus Nornes nornes at umich.edu
Sat Jul 4 18:53:13 EDT 2020

The gender thread in her story is really interesting and impressive. I
suspect that a majority of subtitles in Japan are now women. Toda paved the

Interesting that she calls it a solitary job. I’ve heard from many people
that in recent decades, she has an uncredited staff that help keep volume
up. Wish she talked more about that.

Toda always talks And writes about Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford. I always
cynically felt she was milking their cultural capital, but here she does
seem quite star struck.

I’ve seen her interpret for Hollywood types, and she was both accurate and
appropriately festive in affect for the occasion and the shiny stars. She
made it fun.

But her subtitles are something else again. It’s interesting she mentions
the “philosophical “ Thin Red Line, as I’ve written an analysis of her
translation of that film. It’s precisely the philosophical side that she
excises, transforming a contemplation on war into a dumb Hollywood
blockbuster. It was quite disheartening, as I adore Malick’s film.

The link at the bottom is also interesting.


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 4:07 PM Jonathan M. Hall via KineJapan <
kinejapan at mailman.yale.edu> wrote:

> Hello All,
> I enjoyed reading this /rough/ transcription of a talk in Osaka last month
> by famous Japanese subtitler Toda Natsuko about her career in the world of
> subtitling. It's a quick read but the glimpse of the early history of
> subtitling in Japan is interesting, and, through the modesty of her
> self-history, you can hear Toda's powerful determination to break into a
> male clique.
> https://swet.jp/columns/article/event_report_toda_natsuko_talks_about_her_life/_C38
> By the way, the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators is a great
> association. And their very helpful Japan Style Book can be downloaded for
> free. Follow this link:
> https://japanstylesheet.com/download-jss/
> Best regards to all,
> Jonathan
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