The Discreet Charm of Film Magazines

National Film Archive of Japan

Ends in 39 days

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.


Adults ¥250: College Students ¥130; Seniors, High School Students & Under, Persons with Disability Certificates Free.

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 18:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Opening hours depend on each film. Admission to Exhibitions until 18:00.


Address: 3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031
Phone: 03-5777-8600

1 minute walk from Exit 1 at Kyobashi Station, 1 minute walk from Exit A4 Takaramachi Station, 5 minutes walk from Exit 7 Ginza-itchome Station, 10 minutes walk from Yaesu South Exit at JR Tokyo Station.

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