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

Asian Docs matteo.boscarol at gmail.com
Fri Jul 9 03:45:26 EDT 2021

Dear all,

Just as a side note, the footage used in *Witches of the Orient* is from 挑戦
Challenge (1963), a short documentary directed by Shibuya Nobuko. The short
was awarded at Cannes in 1964, and Shibuya, among other things, ended up
contributing to Ichikawa's Tokyo Olympiad.
Shibuya was a script supervisor, filmmaker, and video reporter. Born in
Dalian in 1932, she moved to Japan only after the war. As a script
supervisor she worked for Dokuritsu Pro with Imai Tadashi, Shindō Kaneto,
and Yamamoto Satsuo and in the next decades, Shibuya also made
documentaries for TV, and as far as I know, worked as an editor for some
non-fiction films directed by others (Iizuka Toshio, for instance). She
passed away in 2016. On youtube, there's a channel dedicated to her works.



On Fri, 9 Jul 2021, 13:28 William C. Thompson via KineJapan, <
kinejapan at mailman.yale.edu> wrote:

> KineJapan,
> 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:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfT6HFfBeWw
> Teo Bugbee made this film a *New York Times *critic's pick.  Her review
> is at:
> https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/08/movies/the-witches-of-the-orient-review.html
> *Variety *(Jessica Kiang)
> https://variety.com/2021/film/reviews/witches-of-the-orient-review-1235011099/
> and *Slant *(Mark Hanson), among others, also reviewed *Witches:*
> *https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review-the-witches-of-the-orient-is-an-artful-remembrance-of-a-legendary-sports-team/
> <https://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review-the-witches-of-the-orient-is-an-artful-remembrance-of-a-legendary-sports-team/>*
> 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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