[KineJapan] Helen Macnaughtan / Witches of the Orient, 2021, Julien Faraut

William C. Thompson wct1 at columbia.edu
Fri Jul 9 00:28:18 EDT 2021


I'm not answering Roger's question, but hope he and others will find this
post on *Witches of the Orient* to be of interest.

The film is opening tomorrow (Friday, July 9th) on a screen at the Film
Forum in New York and possibly other venues, and is distributed by KimStim
in the US.  (Those of us not yet ready to watch films in movie theaters
will need to wait a little while longer.)  Film Forum has posted an
interviewed with director Julien Faurat on its YouTube channel at:


Teo Bugbee made this film a *New York Times *critic's pick.  Her review is


*Variety *(Jessica Kiang)


and *Slant *(Mark Hanson), among others, also reviewed *Witches:*


Bill Thompson

On Thu, Jul 8, 2021 at 1:14 PM Roger Macy via KineJapan <
kinejapan at mailman.yale.edu> wrote:

> *Witches of the Orient*, 2021, Julien Faraut
> Partly answering my own question (again) about the film, *Witches of the
> Orient *at Nippon Connection and elsewhere, “perhaps these subjects have
> been explored previously in Japan ?”, it turns out that this subject has
> been well written up much closer to my neck of the woods, by Helen
> Macnaughtan of SOAS. A good one-stop account is her paper in *Sport in
> History
> <https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/17379/1/Oriental%20Witches%20Manuscript%20pre-print%20August%202013.pdf>*
> . It tells me that manager Daimatsu was historically anything but the
> silent voice he is in Faraut’s film, so that is clearly an editorial choice
> for the film.
> The reason I know this now, when I didn’t on the 8th June, is that Helen
> is scheduled to conduct an online Q&A with Faraut organised by the Japan
> Society of the UK on Wed 21st July at 1830 London time (BST).
> https://www.japansociety.org.uk/?pg=event&event=240&eventcat=1&utm_source=e-shot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=070721WitchesES1#a
> Although the source for viewing the film quoted there is
> country-restricted, the Q&A is, I believe, unrestricted.
> It's sad, of course, that I have to post this under the news that there
> will be no spectators in Tokyo for the Olympics.
> Roger
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