film (93 total)

Moving images defined the 20th century in an unprecedented way. The Re-Envisioning Japan Research Collection focuses on small gauge films (16mm, Regular or Standard 8mm, and Super 8mm) that sometimes fall under the category of orphan works. The small gauge films in the REJ collection include amateur and educational films, stock footage, TV commercials, documentaries, and films marketed for home entertainment. There are critical intersections between small gauge film and tourism and education, especially during the 1920s and 1930s, and again after World War II. In the first half of the 20th century, the growing popularity of amateur travel films reflected the rise of popular tourism. Kodak showcased 16mm as an amateur format when it was introduced in 1923, but as such it was expensive at the time. Amateur filmmaking became increasingly economical with the introduction of Kodak's Regular 8mm (1933) and Super 8mm (1965) formats. Regular 8mm's introduction notably coincided with the introduction of more economical and accessible means of travel in the 1930s. 16mm educational and informational films about Japan’s postwar resurgence and culture, often sponsored by government entities like the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), were plentiful from the 1960-1980s. The REJ collection contains a number of 16mm films made by these organizations. The REJ Research Collection's 16mm and Super 8mm films are also accessible on separate Timelines (see main menu bar above). 16mm titles that are not yet available for streaming are pending copyright clearance. Metadata is continually updated and further contextualization is forthcoming with priority given to titles available for streaming. Regular 8mm titles necessitated a unique scanning workflow during the digitization process and we're currently taking additional steps (including color correction) to optimize them for online access. Please see Technical Details (main menu above) for information concerning the digitization process for currently accessible films. In presenting these films I made the curatorial decision to leave as much leader as possible for each print to enhance the sense of its physicality as a material object. Educational films routinely bear traces of the institutional libraries and working collections to which they once belonged. With some notable exceptions, the films made accessible here are survivors plucked from a vast diaspora of discarded and deaccessioned prints readily available through online auctions.
Japan Today From the Driver's Seat of a Concrete Mixer
Collision with Japan 1931-1941
City: Tokyo
Exotic Nippon
Wyeth's World Cruise: Across Japan in Cherry Blossom Time
Japan The Land and The People (Revised)
Japan: The Land and the People (Second edition)
Faces of Man: Japan
Lantern Serenade
This World of Ours: Japan
The Fish from Japan
Hiroshima Nagasaki August 1945
Japan's Surrender-Headline Edition
Yanks Bomb Tokyo!
Bombing of Pearl Harbor/Burning of the SS Normandie
House of Hashimoto
Nightlife in Tokyo
Tea House Mouse
The Genius of Japan
So Small My Island
Japan: Geography, Human and Economic
A School Day in Japan
New Horizons Japan
人形 Japanese Doll
Spring in Japan
Japan Today: The Spring of Energy
Holiday in Japan
A Journey through Japan
Summertime in Japan
Natures Patterns: Japan's Classic Beauty
A Day in Tokyo
Encounter with Japan
Children of Japan: Learning the New, Remembering the Old
Japan
Japan: Pacific Neighbor
Pete and Gladys: "No Man is Japan"
Picturesque Japan
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby (Beatles Adventures)
Kyoto Saturday Afternoon
A Day with a Japanese Family
Joy commercial reel
Dodo in the Kid From Outer Space: Dodo in Japan
I Don't Want to Change the Subject
Japan: Harvests the Sea
Agfa 1937
Japan: of Tradition and Change
Living Treasures of Japan
Ceramic Art: Potters of Japan (Part 2)
Japan the Frozen Moment
Japan: An Interdependent Nation
A Birthday in Japan, USA, USSR
Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman, Episode 22: Reluctant Ally
Kyoto Story
A Tale of Two Cities
[Color 16mm 1950s home movie]
[Stock Footage Commemorative Event]
Japan An Introduction (revised)
Japanese Mountain Family
Japan: Harvesting the Land and Sea
Boy of Japan: Ito and His Kite
Children of Japan
Wings to Japan - Pan Am
Emperor Hirohito
Two Faces of Japan
Prince Akihito
People and Places: Japan
Japan an Industrial Nation at Work
Japan: Imperial Power to Industrial Giant (Japan a Nation Transformed 1945-1965)
[Japan Part 2 Contd.]
Oriental Holiday
[Stock Footage Douglas "Wrong-Way" Corrigan]
[Stock Footage Wendell Willkie]
[Stock Footage Franklin D. Roosevelt 40th Inauguration Ceremonies]
Japan as Seen From a Rickshaw
[Japan 1960 - T. Harrison Reel no. 1]
[Japan 1960 - T. Harrison Reel no. 2]
Mothers of Nippon
The Big Picture: You in Japan
Japan Rice-Cakes While You Wait
The Japanese Earthquake of Sept. 1, 1923
Kamikaze Attack at Okinawa
Defeat of Japan
Trip for Tat [excerpt]
Hong Kong/Chinese Street Scenes
[Japan 1970]
Sungraph Kyoto 1-4
Sungraph Tokyo 1 - 5
Gion Festival
[1981 Trip to Tokyo, Kyoto]
Sungraph Nara No. 2
Sungraph Fuji No. 1