Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Documentary Films]


- 1938 / B&W / 16mm / 45 min

Director, Original idea, Editing: Kamei Fumio
Photography: Kawaguchi Seiichi
Sound: Fujii Shinichi
Music: Jiang Wenye
Narrator: Matsui Suisei
Producer: Matsuzaki Keiji
Production Company: Culture Films Department, Toho
Source: Yamagata Documentary Film Library

After Shanghai, Kamei depicted the people and culture of Beijing, a city with 3,000 years of tradition. After introducing the Forbidden Palace, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill) and the Temple of Heaven, the camera goes into markets, through shop-filled streets, and down back alleys using long stretches of synchronized sound to show the city’s people. The citizens’ way of life no longer exists and so the film has significant ethnographic import. This film did not exist in Japan, and its content was known only through the publication of the film’s scenario in the June 1938 edition of Eiga hyoron. When Abé Mark Nornes, Coordi-nator for Media Wars: Then & Now at YIDFF ’91 (and currently Associate Professor at the University of Michigan), confirmed the existence of this film at The National Archives in Washington, D.C. in 1998, it was copied and added to the Yamagata Documentary Film Library. 30 minutes of the film are missing, including the beginning of the first reel.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio