Past Events
 
20-25 
December 2009

Christmas Special Screening Event

Thank you for coming to our special screenings in Shinjuku 3-chome mini theater!
We served free hot wines and coffees at the talk salon after the screenings.

Japanese flyer of this event - here
More from the media (all in Japanese only) - Yahoo! Japan News , Ticket Pia , Pia Eigaseikatsu , livedoor News

"Miracle on 34th Street" [1947] (《Noon Screening》only)
"It's A Wonderful Life" [1946] (《Evening Screening》only)

Date: 20 - 25, December 2009 (No reservations can be made on Monday 21 Dec 《Evening Screening》)
Time: 《Noon Screening》 from 11AM / 《Evening Screening》 from 7:30PM

Place: TM Theater Shinjuku
Map (in Japanese)

Ticket: 1000 yen (tax included)
☆Special Free Servings☆
《Noon Screening》 free coffee!
《Evening Screening》 free hot wine on Tuesday 22 Dec!

Digital Meme
TEL:03-5467-4729 (weekdays 10AM-6PM)
e-mail: info@digital-meme.com

30 October
2009 (Fri)

Screening Event: "Kastuben in Gakushikaiza Finale"

The event series "Katsuben in Gakushikaiza" October 30th was the series' finale. We want to thank everyone for their fantastic support.

-Halloween with silent films-
"The Phantom of the Opera" (1925)   "Dokuro (Skull)" (1927)
* The narration of the film done in Japanese.

[Date]       Friday 30 October, 2009

[Time]   Open 6:00 PM / Start 6:30PM

[Ticket]  ♪ Ticket price includes a free glass of wine ♪

Advance: 2500 yen Door: 3000 yen
Student Advance: 2000 yen Student Door: 2500 yen  

[Place]    Gakushi Kaikan  *Map available in Japanese only
(Chiyoda-ku, Kanda, Nishiki-cho 3-28)

For more information:

 [TEL]        03-5467-4729 (weekday 10:00 - 6:00PM)
[email]        info@digital-meme.com 


12 June 2009 (Fri)  Screening Event: The 33rd “Kastuben in Gakushikaiza”

What is Katsuben in Gakushikaiza?

Katsuben in Gakushikaiza is a screening event series held at the  registered tangible cultural property Gakushi Kaikan, which was built in 1928.

Please come and enjoy a “a night of classic film” and red wine at the retro yet modern Gakushi Kaikan. The night’s host, world- renowned narrator Midori Sawato will take you into the wonderful world of silent film.

A Special Program Featuring the Films of  Director Maurice Tourneur

“The Last of the Mohicans (1920)   “Trilby” (1915)
* The narration of the film will be done in Japanese.

[Benshi] Midori Sawato

  [Time]  Open 6:00 PM / Start 6:30PM

[Ticket]  ♪ Ticket price include free glass of wine ♪

Advance 2500 yen Door 3000 yen
Student Advance* 2000 yen Student Door   2500 yen 
*Students must show Student ID at the ticket desk.

[Place]    Gakushi Kaikan  *Map available in Japanese only
                  (Chiyoda-ku, Kanda, Nishiki-cho 3-28)
   
9 Februrary 2009 (Mon)

Event Review: “An Overview of Japanese Silent Film...<Part II>”

Thank you all for coming!

The second screening event hosted by Digital Meme and the NPO Heart Connections was a success thanks to everyone who came out. We were grateful for such a large audience on a weeknight.
Our benshi performer for the night was wonderful Mr. Raiko Sakamoto. His excellent performance, along with the English, Chinese, or Korean subtitles accompanying each film, allowed the foreign residents gathered for the event to fully enjoy the silent films shown.

We hope to do more of these events in the future and continue to share the amazing experience that is a silent film screening with as many people as possible. 

   
28 January 2009 (Wed)

“An Overview of Japanese Silent Film Spanning the Range from Manga to Chambara Swordfighting <Part II>”

This screening will be jointly sponsored by Digital Meme and the NPO Heart Connections. Heart Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Asian exchange students in Japan through its main theme of “Studying together, fostering dreams together.” Digital Meme wishes to introduce the Japanese artistic and historical assets it possesses in its collection of Japanese silent films and anime to exchange students, and fully supports the work of Heart Connections. The two organizations previously held a film screening in September 2008 to great attendance and acclaim. All films shown will feature foreign language subtitles.

Films to be shown:
"Oatsurae Jirokichi Koshi" (Jirokichi the Rat) 1931
"Komori" (The Bat) 1930
"Sanko to Tako: Hyakuman-ryo Chinsodo" (Sanko and the Octopus: A Fight Over a Fortune) 1933
"Hinomaru Taro: Musha Shugyo no Maki" (Taro's Early Training Days) 1936

Katsudo Benshi: Raiko Sakamoto
Date and Time:  January 28, 2009 (Wednesday) 19:00-21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)
Location: 
Akasaka Civic Hall, 10 minutes on foot from Akasaka Mitsuke Station (Akasaka Civic Center 3rd Floor, Akasaka 4-18-13, Minato City)
Price:   1,000 Yen
Questions: Please contact Digital Meme at 03-5467-4729
(Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 on weekdays)
For more information please see the event flyer here

   
27 September 2008 (Sat)

Event: “An Overview of Japanese Silent Film...”,

Thanks to everyone, the night was a success!

The event hosted by Digital Meme and NPO Heart Connections drew a large audience.
This screening came out of an idea by Heart Connections, which supports Asian exchange students, that wanted foreign people in Japan to experience seeing old Japanese silent films with live benshi narration.  
We screened movies with English, Chinese, and Korean subtitles and had Raiko Sakamoto as our benshi performer for the night.
It was delightful to see so many foreign residents among the audience.

We would like to do more of these screenings in the near future and we welcome you to join us next time.

Photos of  the event

Coverage of the event in the media
   
27 September 2008 (Sat)

Event name: “An Overview of Japanese Silent Film Spanning the Range from Manga to Chambara Swordfighting.”

Kuro Nyago: The Black Cat (1929)
Producer, Director, Drawings: Noburo Ofuji

Issun-boshi: Chibisuke Monogatari (1929)
Featuring live benshi performance by Raiko Sakamoto

Norakuro Gocho: Corporal Norakuro (1934)
Director and drawings: Yasuji Murata
Featuring live benshi performance by Raiko Sakamoto

Yaji Kita: Yasu Does Rescue (1927)
Director: Tomiyasu Ikeda
Starring: Denjiro Okochi
Featuring live benshi performance by Raiko Sakamoto

Ono ga Tsumi Sakubei: Your Sin Sakubei’s Story (1930)
Director: Sasaki Keisuke
Starring: Masao Inoue
Featuring recorded benshi performance by Shunsui Matsuda

Koina no Ginpei Yuki no Wataridori: Koi no Gimpei Migratory Snowbird (1931)
Director: Tomikazu Miyata
Starring: Tsumasaburo Bando
Featuring live benshi performance by Raiko Sakamoto

Place: Akasaka Civic Center
(along Route 246, between Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and Aoyama 1-chome Station)

Tickets: 1000 yen

   
26 May 2008 (Mon)

Event name: Friends of Silent Film Association 598th Screening "Period films starring Bando Tsumasaburo, Arashi Kanjuro, and Kataoka Chiezo!"

Otokodate Bayari (1931)
Directed by: Hiroshi Inagaki
Starring: Chiezo Kataoka, Joji Kaieda, Junko Kinugasa

Ranto no Chimata (1926)
Directed by: Norikuni Yasuda
Starring: Tsumasaburo Bando, Shizuko Mori, Kichimatsu Nakamura

The Best of Kanjuro Arashi (1983)
Edited by Matsuda Film Productions
*Katsuben Talkie version by Shunsui Matsuda*

Benshi: Midori Sawato (Otokodate Bayari), Ichiro Kataoka (Ranto no Chimata)

Place: Monnaka Tenjo Hall
http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/%7Emonten/
(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.)

   
1 June 2008

Event name: Silent film screening with Katuben for children and parents - We watch movies with Katuben! Part 3

Dotabata Satsueijo
Details are unknown, a slapstick comedy

Le Voyage Dans La Lune
(From the Earth to the Moon)
1902
Directed and Starring: Georges Melies

Sherlock Jr.
1924, U.S.A.
Directed an Starring: Buster Keaton
Co-starring: Kathryn McGuire

Benshi: Midori Sawato

Place:
Star Hall, Mitaka City Arts Center
(take a fifteen-minute walk from the JR Mitaka Station, or catch a bus from Terminal 5 or 6 at the South Exit to Hachiman-mae Geijutsu Bunka Center stop, or from Terminal 7 to Hachiman-mae stop and one minute walk.)

   
19 June 2008

Event name: KATSUBEN in Gakushikaiza

The Mark of Zorro
1920, US
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery

Benshi: Sawato Midori
Music: Yanashita Mie (piano)
* Sawato Midori will give a talk about cinema.

Place: Room 320 (3F) of Gakushikaikan
(A thirty-second walk from Exit A9 of Jinbocho Subway Station.)

   
26 June 2008

Event name: 599th Friends of Silent Film Association Screening "Masterpieces of the world motion picture history - US films-"

Sunrise (1927, US)
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Starring: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor

Cruel, Cruel love (1914, US)
Directed by: George Nichols
Starring: Charles Chaplin

The Pawnshop (1916, US)
Directed and starring: Charles Chaplin

Benshi: Sawato Midori (Sunrise), Sakurai Mami (Cruel, Cruel love and The Pawnshop)

Place: Monnaka Tenjo Hall
Tel: 03-3641-8275
http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~monten/
(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.)

   
Jan 18 2008

Event name: Katsuben in Gakushikaiza

Featured Films:
Camille
1921, U. S. A.
Directed by: Ray C Smallwood
Starring: Rudolph Valentino, Alla Nazimova

Benshi: Midori Sawato
Music: Takashi Niigaki (Piano), Makiko Suzuki (Flute)
* Midori Sawato will give a talk about cinema.

   
Jan 17 2008

Event name: 1st Koto Cinema Festival

Featured Film:
Takekurabe:
1955, Talkie film:
Original Story: Ichiyo Higuchi:
Directed by: Heinosuke Gosho:
Starring: Hibari Misora

   
Jan 17 2008

Event name: 1st Koto Cinema Festival

Featured Film:
Taki no Shiraito
1933
Original story: Kyoka Izumi
Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
Starring: Takako Irie, Tokihiko Okada
*Screening Katsuben Talkie Film by Shinsui Matsuda

   
Jan 13 2008

Event name: 1st Koto Cinema Festival

Featured Film:
Dekigokoro
1933
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Takeshi Sakamoto, Den Obinata, Nobuko Fushimi

Benshi: Midori Sawato
Live Music: Colored Monotone

   
Jan 11 2008

Event name: YAMAGATA International Documentary Film Festival encore screening: Yamagata Beauty Series

Featured Films:
Ono ga Tsumi Sakubei
1930
Directed by: Tsunejiro Sasaki
Starring: Masao Inoue, Shizue Tatsuta
*Screening Katsuben Talkie Film by Shunsui Matsuda

Tokyo Koshinkyoku
1929
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
Sarring: Shizue Natsukawa, Isamu Kosugi, Reiji Ichiki
*Screening Katsuben Talkie Film by Midori Sawato

Kyoei ha Jigoku
1925
Directed and Script: Shizue Tatsuta, Kiyoshi Hasegawa
*Silent screening (benshi narration not included)

   
Jan 11 2008

Event name: Enjoy Cinema with Katsuben and Live Music

Featured Film:
Umaretewa Mitakeredo
1932
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Tatsuo Saito, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara, Tokkan Kozo

Benshi: Midori Sawato
Live Music: Colored Monotone

   
6 Jan 2008

Event name: Kinema Collaboration Vol.7

Featured Film:
7th Heaven
1927, U.S. A.
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Starring: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran

Benshi: Yuko Saito
Music composition and piano: Harumi Misawa

   
5 Jan 2008

Event name: New Year Cinema in Machida

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

The Mask of Zorro
1920, U. S. A.
Directed by: Fred Niblo
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Noah Beery

Benshi: Yuko Saito
Music composition and piano: Harumi Misawa

   

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