"Madame Kawakita, Her Life and Films" Exhibition

National Film Center

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March 21st, 2008 will mark the centenary of the birth of Kashiko Kawakita (1908-1993) who, together with her husband Nagamasa Kawakita, devoted her life to cinema by vigorously introducing foreign films to Japan while promoting Japanese films abroad. Dressed in a kimono, Kashiko Kawakita, known as "Madame Kawakita," traveled around the world attending various international film festivals acting as a bridge between the Japanese film industry and the world. One could call her a "Film Ambassador." She actively introduced foreign films to Japan and vise versa, and also worked on promoting the significance of specialized organizations which incubated the film industry and contributed to the establishment of the National Film Center and Kawakita Memorial Film Institute.

With the support of the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute, this exhibition showcases photographs, posters, and various artifacts to retrospectively introduce Madame Kawakita's contribution to the Japanese film industry. This exhibition accompanies the screening series "Madame Kawakita: L’Ambassadrice cinématographique du film européen" presented at the NFC's theater.

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From 2008-07-25 To 2008-12-26

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