| Past News
|14 Feb 2007
|| Digital Meme Reveals
New Details on Japanese Anime Classic Collection
Four-DVD set features 55 groundbreaking silent anime and early
TOKYO, Japan, February 14, 2007 – Digital Meme, the
premier publisher of digitized vintage anime and classic Japanese
films, today disclosed new details of its upcoming release,
Japanese Anime Classic Collection.
The four-disc set—due to be released on April 27th—comprises
44 remarkable examples of prewar animation from as early as
1928 by such masters as Yasuji Murata, Noburo Ofuji, Yoshitaro
Kataoka, and Sanae Yamamoto, as well as an intriguing sampling
of 11 additional films from the turbulent decade that followed.
The set is the first collection to offer international viewers
classic anime as they were originally experienced by Japanese
audiences. Twenty films have accompanying narration by the performing
artists known as benshi, including the beloved Midori Sawato,
and six—including Ofuji’s seminal Kuro Nyago (The
Black Cat)—are “record talkies,” presented
together with the original audio track once distributed to theaters
on gramophone record. Also in the set are some of the earliest
true “talkies” in Japanese animation, such as the
1931 Cho no Sainan (The Unlucky Butterfly)—and Ofuji’s
highly unusual 1948 animated operetta Kuma ni Kuwarenu Otoko
(The Bear Dodger).
Fans and students of Yasuji Murata’s animation will be
gratified by a rich selection of some of his finest works, from
films inspired by traditional legends such as Kobu Tori (The
Stolen Lump) to a series of films based on Suiho Tagawa’s
classic character Norakuro, which offer an unexpected twist
on the experience of a soldier in the Japanese Imperial Army.
Other films of particular interest to collectors include Sanae
Yamamoto’s Nihonichi Momotaro (Momotaro the Undefeated),
Mitsuya Seo’s Issunboshi Chibisuke Monogatari (Tiny Chibisuke’s
Big Adventure), Murata’s Sarmasumane (The Monkey Sword
Masumane), and Ofuji’s Kokka Kimigayo (National Anthem
Entertaining, provocative, and startling, the collection offers
fascinating insights into prewar Japan and into early film history.
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