There’s no place like the Digital Meme library to delve deeper into the world of Japanese silent film. Scholars and neophytes alike will appreciate these beautifully photographed books.

Japanese Film History Studies:
Recalling the Treasures of Japanese Cinema

(ISBN: 4–900849–62–6. 194 pages, 5” x 7”. Tokyo, Japan)
Rediscover the long-forgotten treasures that made Japan a fountainhead for early cinema on par with France and the United States. As Japanese film flourished in the 1910s and 1920s, directors like Kenji Mizokuchi and Yasujiro Ozu won worldwide acclaim. Then came the tragic fires following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the ravages of war and time. Most of these classic works were destroyed and forgotten.

Recalling the Treasures of Japanese Cinema explores 50 of these long-lost works—and one that was recently found again—through five decades of painstaking research and documentary reconstruction by the Friends of Silent Film Association. With stunning still photographs, contemporary reviews, and comprehensive data and descriptions, plus a guide to the archives still available today, this book is indispensable to anyone researching or passionate about film history.

Available now:
¥1,800 (approx US$18) + tax & shipping

The Benshi—Japanese Silent Film Narrators
(ISBN: 4–900849–51–0. 172 pages, 5” x 7”. Tokyo, Japan)

Early Japanese cinema was a performing art—not just by the actors, but by the benshi, or film narrators, who accompanied silent film showings with live commentary and narration. Each benshi’s performance was unique: the style of delivery was considered among the highest art forms, and benshi were every bit as revered as the actors whose work they narrated.

The Benshi—Japanese Silent Film Narrators introduces the reader to this lost art with detailed profiles and descriptions of the work of the benshi on 50 silent film classics. Featuring an interview with the illustrious world renown benshi Midori Sawato, and an essay by film critic Tadao Sato, this volume is a superb resource for anyone interested in this unique art form.

Available now:
¥1,500 (approx US$15) + tax & shipping
The Great Japanese Silent Movie Stars
(Available only in Japanese)
(ISBN: 4–900849–75–8. 194 pages, paperback, 5” x 7”. Tokyo, Japan)

Discover the shining lights of Japanese cinema’s Golden Age in this amazing photographic retrospective. The great stars who made film history are all here, with pictures and profiles of 175 unforgettable artists who stirred hearts and redefined elegance. The Great Japanese Silent Movie Stars features over 400 of the finest photographs from the famed Matsuda Film Productions collection.

Available now:
¥2,800 (approx US$28) + tax & shipping
Booklet Bantsuma: The Life of Tsumasaburo Bando
(Available only in Japanese)
(24 pages, Black and White printing, B5 size)

A guidebook about excellent documentary film “Bantsuma: The Life of Tsumasaburo Bando”
  • Commentary by Takahiro Tamura
  • Commentary about this film
  • Commentary by Tadao Sato (Film Critic)
  • Commentary by Shunsui Matsuda
  • Commentary by Ryo Tamura
  • Commentary by Yutaka Matsuda
  • Filmography of Tsumasaburo Bando

Available now:
¥300 (approx US$3) + tax & shipping

DVD-Video “Bantsuma: The Life of Tsumasaburo Bando”