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Festival Year Festival Section
2005 Light from the East: Celebrating Japanese Cinema
Shochiku 110 - Naruse 100 -- Prog. 4

Film Title KOBAYASHI TOMIJIRO SOGI
Alternative Title 1 [IL FUNERALE DI TOMIJIRO KOBAYASHI]
Alternative Title 2 [THE FUNERAL OF TOMIJIRO KOBAYASHI]
Alternative Title 3
Country Japan
Release Date 1910
Production Co. Yoshizawa Shoten
Director ?

Format   Speed (fps)
35mm   16
     
Footage   Time
438 ft.   7'

Archive Source National Film Center, Tokyo
   
Print Notes Senza didascalie / No intertitles.

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Program Notes
This film documents the funeral of Tomijiro Kobayashi (1852-1910), the founder of the Lion Corporation (formerly Kobayashi Shoten), which manufactures and markets toothpaste and related products. The nitrate original negative and one projection print were kept in a box of paulownia wood, together with the delivery slip from Yoshizawa Shoten, one of the oldest film production companies in Japan. Since the ban on nitrate films was thoroughly enforced when fire laws became stricter in the 1950s, the original negative of this film is the oldest one known to exist in Japan. The new projection print was made directly from this precious original negative, and shows us its wonderful cinematography. FUMIKO TSUNEISHI