In Praise of Film Studies

If this is an inappropriate posting, I apologize. A handful of Japanese film scholars have gotten together to collaborate on a book, and it has just gone into print. It's a book dedicated to a film scholar and collector in Japan who supported our work by opening up his collection to researchers. His collection is astounding for its depth. It includes runs of all the major Japanese film magazines, most of the books, studio records, filmmaker's personal libraries, diaries, and fan zines going back to the 1910s. By the way, it's also for sale if anyone's got a cool mil. At any rate, this book is in both Japanese and English, so there was no way to publish it through a traditional press. We've used a print-to-order press, so the burden of spreading the word is on us. If you're interested in Japanese film, check it out. If you are at a school, by all means tell your library to acquire it!



PS: This was a project of Kinema Club (, a website devoted to the study of Japanese cinema.

In Praise of Film Studies
Essays in Honor of Makino Mamoru

a Kinema Club publication

Edited by Aaron Gerow and Ab $B; (BMark Nornes

ISBN: 1-55212-640-4
Price: $19.99
Order at any bookstore,, or directly from the publisher (

In Praise of Film Studies gathers essays by scholars of Japanese
cinema from around the world, all of whom have drawn on the collection of
Makino Mamoru for their research. Makino Mamoru was a filmmaker and essayist
who began assembling an enormous collection of film-related materials. While
most collectors concentrate on image-centric items like posters and stills,
Makino recognized the importance of books, magazines and other written texts
for scholarship. His collection spans the entire history of Japanese cinema,
and contains periodicals, books, pamphlets, posters, programs, scripts,
diaries, studio records, fan zines, catalogs, textbooks, photographs,
newspapers, clipping files, and the perrsonal libraries of a number of film
personalities. Makino opened the collection to a variety of film scholars,
enabling them to write histories that were otherwise unimaginable. This
volume brings together a number of these scholars to honor Makino Mamoru and
his continuing dedication to the study of Japanese cinema. (In English and Japanese.)


- Introduction
  By Ab $B; (BMark Nornes & Aaron Gerow

Translations of Makino Mamoru's Writings

"Rethinking the Emergence of the Proletarian Film League of Japan (Prokino)"
    Translated by Ab $B; (BMark Nornes

"On the Conditions of Film Censorship in Japan Before Its Systematization"
Translated by Aaron Gerow

"Chaplin Among the Ashes"
      Translated by Joanne Bernardi

"The Establishment of the Study of Visual Philology"
       Translated by Michael Baskett

Essays in English

"Tokugawa Musei: A Portrait Sketch of One of Japan $B%f (Bs Greatest Narrative Artists"
       By Jeffrey Dym

"Challenges of Collection Research Materials on Japanese Popular Culture: A Report on Ohio State $B%f (Bs Manga Collection"
     By Maureen Donovan

"Construction of Modern Space: Tokyo and Shochiku Kamata Film Texts"
    By Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

"The New Earth (1936-37) $B%` (BA German-Japanese Misalliance in Film"
        By Janine Hansen

"Ozu's War Movie: Haruka nari fubo no kuni"
     By Peter B. High
Essays in Japanese

"On the Chronological History Written by Yokota Einosuke"
     By Tajima Ryoichi

"The Films the Meiji Emperor Saw First and Last"
       By Iwamoto Kenji

"Another Aspect of Showa-Era Cinema: A Short History of Department of Education (Monbusho) Films"
       By Murayama Kyoichiro

"The Relationship Between Japanese Newsreels and German Newsreels in World War II"
By Okumura Masaru

"Onoga tsumi as Three Media: The Correlation Between the Newspaper, Novel and the Moving Picture"
      By Kobayashi Sadahiro

"The Benshi Inside the Viewer: Subjectivity and the Family State in the Silent Era"
        By Aaron Gerow

Bibliography of the Writings of Makino Mamoru
        Compiled by Kawamura Kenichiro
---- Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite