The Discreet Charm of Film Magazines

National Film Archive of Japan

This event has ended.

This year marks the passage of 110 years since the inaugural edition of Japan’s first film magazine, Katsudoshashinkai (1909), as well as the centennial of Kinema Junpo (1919), a publication that remains in existence today. To commemorate the occasion, the National Film Archive of Japan is presenting an exhibition spotlighting the rich history of Japanese film magazines.

Among them are general magazines covering a broad range of topics, fan magazines devoted to stars and studios, critical magazines providing a venue for cinematic discussion, trade magazines reporting on production and box-office trends, and professional journals focused on specific topics. Open any one of them, regardless of when it was published, and you will undoubtedly recognize and appreciate its readers’ love of cinema, its writers’ passion for their subject, and its editors’ aspirations.

Today, as the internet greatly changes how information is communicated, film magazines are reaching a turning point. However, though transforming in various ways, the roles and styles they have acquired over the years remain distinctly alive. Rediscover the enchanting qualities of film through the history of film magazines.



from September 07, 2019 to December 01, 2019
Open 11:00–20:00 on the last Friday of each month. Closed Sep. 23–Sep. 30.



All content on this site is © their respective owner(s).
Tokyo Art Beat (2004 - 2020) - About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Use - Support GADAGO NPO