2007 Archive
 
29 December 2007

Event Name: Friends of Silent Film Association 593rd Screening<br>
"Sawato Midori's Katuben Recital"

Featured film:

Tubasa (Wings)
138 min. 1927, United States
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Starring: Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, Gary Cooper, Jobyna Ralston, Richard Arlen

Benshi: Sawato Midori (Akeyuku Sora)

Live Music: Colored Monotone (composition, arrange, and command by Yuasa Jouichi)

Place:
Kinokuniya Hall in Shinjuku

16 December 2007

Event name: Special Event, Director Mizoguchi Kenji Film Festival (Silent Film Screening with Benshi and Live Music)
Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka

Featured film:

Orizuru Osen (The Downfall of Osen)
90 min. 1935
Directed by: Mizoguchi Kenji
Starring: Yamada Isuzu, Natsukawa Daijiro

Benshi: Sawato Midori

Live music: Colored Monotone

Place:
AFukuoka City Public Library Movie Hall Cine-la (A fifteen minutes walk from Nishijin Metro Station or by bus to Fukuoka Tower South Exit bus stop.)

   
15 December 2007

Event name: Classic Cinema Screening
Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi

Featured film:

Chushingura

1928
Directed by: Makino Shozo
Starring: Ii Yoho, Moroguchi Tuzuya

Benshi: Sakamoto Raiko

Place:
Ashikaga Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Yuai Hall
(Ashikaga-shi Staion on the Tobu Isezaki Line.)

   
9 December 2007

Event name: A pleasurable time to enjoy silent film with katsuben and live piano music
Machida-shi, Tokyo

Featured films:

Chikemuri Takadanobaba
(Blood Splattered Takadanobaba)
1928
Directed by: Ito Daisuke
Starring: Ookochi Deniiro

Safety Last
1927 U.S.A.
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
Starring: Harold Loyd, Midred David

Benshi: Saito Yuko

Music composition and Piano: Misawa Harumi

Place:
Machida Shimin Forum

   
8 December 2007

Event name: Ikejiri Romance-za 19th Silent Film Screening with Katsuben
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Featured film for 8 December

Chikemuri Takadanobaba (Blood Splattered Takadanobaba)
6 min. 1928
Directed by: Ito Daisuke
Starring: Ookochi Denjiro

Ukikusa Monogatari (A Story of Floating Weeds)
87 min.
1934, Shochiku Kinema Kamata Film Studio Ranked first of the top ten movies chosen by Kinema Junpo.
Original story: James Maki
Directed by: Ozu Yasujiro Starring: Sakamoto Takeshi, Yakumo Rieko, Iida Chouko

Benshi: Saito Yuko

Place:
Presentation Room (IID 1F), Ikejiri Institute of Design (IID)
2-4-5 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ward, Tokyo 154-0001
Tel: 03-5481-9011 Fax: 03-5481-9012

Organizer:
Ikejiri Romance-za and Ikejiri Institute of Design

   
8 and 9 December 2007

Event name: Katuben & Live Music & Silent Film Screening with Talk Show

Featured film for 8 December:

Way Down East
1920
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess

Featured film for 9 December:

Banba noChutaro- Mabuta no Haha
1931
Directed by: Inagaki Hiroshi
Starring: Kataoka Chiezo, Yamada Isuzu

Benshi: Sawato Midori

Live Music: Colored Monotone

Place:
Kawasaki Art Center - Alterio Mini Theater (Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa)
A four minutes walk from the Shinyurigaoka Station (North Exit) on the Odakyu Line.

   
29 November 2007

Event Name: Friends of Silent Film Association 592nd Screening "Girls of the Showa Period Seen Through Classic Films"

Akeyuku Sora
1929
Directed by: Saito Torajiro
Written by: Mizushima Ayame
Starring: Kawada Yoshiko, Takao Mitsuko (60 minutes)

Mari no Yukue (The Missing Ball)
1930
Original story: Sato Koroku
Directed by Sawada Junsuke
Starring: Yamaguchi Sadae, Tsutsui Tokusaburo

Benshi: Sawato Midori (Akeyuku Sora), Saito Yuko (Mari no Yukue)

Venue:
Monnaka Tenjo Hall (Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Tel. 03-3641-8275
http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~Emonten/
(A three-minute walk from Monzennakacho Station (Exit 3) on the Tozai Subway Line, or a one-minute walk from Monzennakacho Station (Exit 6) on the Oedo Subway Line.)

   
25 November 2007

Event name: Enjoy Silent Film Screenings with Sawato Midori

Morning session: 11:00 a.m.

Kodakara Soudou
(Kid Commotion)
1935
Shochiku Kinema Kamata Film Studio Directed by: Saito Torajiro
Starring: Ogura Shigeru, Izumo Yaeko

Banba no Chutaro - Mabuta no Haha
1931
Directed by: Inagaki Hiroshi
Starring: Kataoka Chiezo, Yamada Isuzu

Afternoon session: 2:30 p.m.

The Adventurer
1917
Directed and performed by: Charles Chaplin

Umarete ha Mitakeredo
1932
Directed by: Ozu Yasujiro
Starring: Saitou Tatsuo, Yoshikawa Mitsuko, Sugawara Hideo, Tokkan Kozou

Benshi: Sawato Midori

Live Music: Colored Monotone

Place:
Yachiyo-za (Yamaga-shi, Kumamoto)

   
23 November 2007

Event Name: Silent Film Screening

Featured Film:

Broken Blossoms
1919 U.S.A.
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess

Benshi: Sawato Midori

Place:
Theater KINO (Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido)

   
23 November 2007

Event name: Silent film in Villages (Mura no Katsudo Shashin)

Featured Films:

Yuki no Wataridori
(Migratory Snowbird)
1931
Original Story: Hasegawa Shin
Directed by: Miyata Tomikazu
Starring: Bando Tsumasaburo, Mochizuki Reiko

The Cure
1917 U.S.A.
Directed and starring: Charles Chaplin

Benshi: Sawato Midori

Live Music: Colored Monotone

Place:
Visitor center auditorium inside Historical Village of Hokkaido (Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido)
(JR bus bound for Historical Village from or )

   
1 Sep 2007 Event name: Japanese Classic Animation Film Screening

Featured Film: Oatari Sora no Entaku (1932), Norakuro Nitohei (1933), Issunboshi (1935), and other films

Date: September 1, 2007 20:00-22:00
Venue: Jewish Community Center of Japan
8-8 Hiroo,3 choume, Shibuyaku Tokyo 150-0012 Tel. 03-3400-2559
   
31 Aug 2007 Event: "Tracing the origins of Japanese animation" Focusing on early Showa silent and black and white films

Date: August 31, 2007 19:00 - 21:00
Venue: International House of Japan, Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall
Host: Junjiro Takahashi (Keio University, professor emeritus; Academy Hills, advisory)
Commentary: Nobuyuki Tsugata (Animation historian; Osaka University of Arts, professor)
Larry Greenberg (Digital Meme, CEO)
Language: Japanese/English (interpreter present), films screened subtitled
Admission: Members and Meme Cinema Salon members 800 yen
General 1,500 yen
Co-host: Digital Meme
   
30 Aug 2007
Event name: Friends of Silent Film Association 589th Screening Extremely Rare Find Jidaigeki Films!

Featured Film: Yagyu Nigai-gasa (1936)
Directed by: Takami Sadae
Starring: Ayanokoji Genzaburo, Sakurai Kyoko, Nakayama Kaijiro

Featured Film: Sakana ya Kenpo (Original Title: Sakana-ya Honda) (1929)
Directed by: Yamashita Shuichi
Starring: Jitsukawa Ensho, Hisano Akane, Kataoka Dojuro

Featured Film: Jitsuroku Koshi Bidan: Koshi to Oni no Men (Details unknown)
Starring: Igeta Sekiya, Kawasaki Satoko

Benshi: Sawato Midori (Yagyu Nigai-gasa), Saito Yuko (Sakana ya Kenpo, Jitsuroku Koshi Bidan: Koshi to Oni no Men)

Place: Monnaka Tenjo Hall (Koto-ku, Tokyo)
   
25 Aug 2007 Event name: Kurama Tengu is Coming to Shinryo Temple!
A Katsudo-Benshi Silent Film Screening

Doors open at 5:00 pm / Screening scheduled to end at 7:00pm

Featured film:
Kurama Tengu (1928)
Produced by: Arashi Kanjuro Productions
Directed by: Yamaguchi Teppei
Story: Osaragi Jiro
Screenplay: Kimura Fujio
Cinematography: Ishikawa Tokichi
Starring: Arashi Kanjuro, Yamamoto Reisaburo, Nakamura Takesaburo

Benshi: Sakamoto Raiko

Place:
Koshozan Shinryo Temple
(Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Keihin Express Line; a three-minute walk from the Aomono-Yokocho Station.)

Admission: 1,000 yen
   
24 Aug 2007 Event name: Katsuben in Gakushikaiza

Doors open at 6:00 pm / screening begins at 6:30 pm / Screening ends at 8:20 pm / Talk scheduled to end at 9:00 pm

Featured film:
Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (1922, Germany)
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Adaptation: Thea von Harbou
Starring: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Bernhard Goetzke, Gertrude Welcker

*Cinema talk with Sawato Midori

Benshi: Sawato Midori
Music: Niigaki Takashi (piano)

Place: Gakushi Hall (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

Admission:
General (advanced reservation): 2,500 yen
General (at the door): 3,000 yen
Student (advanced reservation): 2,000 yen
Student (at the door): 2,500 yen

*Students must show their student IDs at the door.
*Admission includes a glass of wine
   
17 Aug 2007 Event name: Meme Cinema Salon Vol. 4

Featured film: Ah Himeyuri no To (1968, Nikkatsu Corporation, 125 min., black and white)
Director: Toshio Masuda
Screenplay: Yasutaro Yagi, Motonari Wakai, Shiro Ishimori
Starring: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Mitsuo Hamada, Masako Izumi

Matinee
  13:30 Doors open / 14:00 Start / 16:10 End
Soiree
  18:30 Doors open / 19:00 Start
  19:10 Talk by guest speaker (Shiro Ishimori, screenplay writer)
  19:40 Screening
  22:00 End
   
15 Aug and
16 Aug 2007
Event name: Talk Show and Screening on Pre-War Manga:
Norakuro and the Adventurous Dankichi are Coming

11:00 am-/ 3:00 pm- (screening only)
1:00 pm- (including commentary)

Featured films: Norakuro Gocho (Corporal Norakuro), Boken Dankichi (Adventurous Dankichi)
*Screenings from DVD*

Place:
Good Time Living
Kaigan-Dori
Chiba-Minato
(Transfer to bus from Chiba-Minato on the JR Keiyo Line. Building is located approximately 200m from the Port Tower bus station.)

Admission: free
   
18 July 2007 Event name: Meme Cinema Salon Vol. 3

The featured film of Meme Cinema Salon Vol. 3 was Kawakami Tetsuharu Monogatari: Sebangou 16. We were happy to see that several matinee viewers brought their prized Giants memorabilia to receive a 500 yen discount and that discussion on the Giants continued among the viewers even after the screening.

Next, at the soiree, Mr. Nobutaka Suzuki of Warner Home Videos gave a talk before the screening as guest speaker of the evening. Mr. Suzuki captured the interest of the audience and covered a wide range of topics, including a biographical introduction to Mr. Tetsuhara Kawakami, the social conditions at the time of the Giants' "V9," and an introduction to American Pastime, a film that depicts the baseball team formed in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

A lottery was held after the screening, and the winner received a copy of American Pastime on DVD.

American Pastime

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Guest Talk Mr. Nobutaka Suzuki (Warner Home Video)
Mr. Nobutaka Suzuki (Warner Home Video)
   
18 June 2007 Event: Meme Cinema Salon Vol. 2

The second volume of Meme Cinema Salon had two screenings in one day-both a matinee and soiree. Guests filled the seats at our first matinee ever, and the screening began with a cozy atmosphere. The screening was of a French film entitled Sous les toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris). Also, since France is the birthplace of movies, three more films were specially featured from the Lumiere brothers' collection.

Continuing on to the soiree, wine was served to create a more French-like atmosphere, where guest speaker Yoichi Okamura held a cinema talk. The audience got involved as well, providing Mr. Okamura with questions as he led an extensive discussion.

After the screening, a drawing was held where the winner received "The Great Japanese Silent Movie Stars."

 Guest Talk Mr. Yoichi Okamura
Guest Talk Mr. Yoichi Okamura

*What the guests thought*
At the Salon, you can feel the love that everyone here has for movies. One of the most fun parts is that, in addition to the screening, you can hear a lot about movies during the talk by the guest speaker.

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26 Apr 2007 Dynamic Legendary Figures in Jidaigeki! at Monnaka Tenjo Hall

Shibukawa Bangoro 1922 (64 min)
Directed by: Tsukiyama Kokichi
Starring: Onoe Matsunosuke, Kataoka Shoen, Jitsukawa Enichiro

Kensei Araki Mataemon (Araki Mataemon: Master Swordsman) 1935 (50 min)
Directed by: Nishina Kumahiko
Starring: Ramon Mitsusaburo

Special Screening:
Shojoji no Takuki-bayashi Ban Danemon (Danemon’s Monster Hunt at Shojoji)
1935 (animation film, screening from a DVD)
Benshi: Sawato Midori (Shibukawa Bangoro), Sakamoto Raiko (Kensei Araki Mataemon (Araki Mataemon: Master Swordsman))
   
23 Mar 2007 The Timeless Masterpieces of Legendary Film Stars! at Monnaka Tenjo Hall

Program features:
The Sheik (1921) Directed by George Melford

The Son of the Sheik (1926) Directed by George Fitzmaurice

Benshis: Sawato Midori, Saito Yuko
   
26 Feb 2007 Screening in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary Since the Birth of Ichikawa Utaemon at Monnaka Tenjo Hall

Program features:
Nishikie Edosugata Hatamoto to Machiyakko (1939) Directed by Mori Kazuo
Dokuro (1927) Directed by Shirai Sentaro
Ichikawa Utaemon Kessaku Bamen-shu (1983) Edited by Matsuda Film Productions
*Talkie version with katsuben performance by Matsuda Shunsui
   
4 Feb 2007 Screening of Bantsuma – The Life of Tsumasaburo Bando at Gifu Shimin Kaikan
Bantsuma: The Life of Tsumasaburo Bando (1979), directed by Shunsui Matsuda
With commentary by film critic Tadao Sato
   
29 Jan 2007 Special New Year’s Showing at Monnaka Tenjo Hall:
Umarete wa Mita Keredo (1932), directed by Yasujiro Ozu
Haha (1929), directed by Hotei Nomura
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