Fukuhōdō

the Fukuhōdō 福宝堂? ) is a Japanese film production company, active in the early years of the history of cinema in Japan.

Background

The Fukuhōdō was founded in 1910 when Kenzō Tabata built a chain of cinemas permanent in Tokyo 1 . To provide these eight rooms, Tabata creates a production department, with a shooting studio located in the Nippori district of Arakawa 1 , 2 . The company is also enjoying tremendous success with the importation of French films from the Zigomar series that “have a major impact on Japanese film culture” 3 .

Fusion

Fukuhōdō is one of Japan’s leading production companies until 1912 when it merged with Yoshizawa Shōten , Yokota Shōkai and Mr. Pathe to form Nikkatsu . Some employees of the Fukuhōdō not involved in the merger, as Kisaburo Kobayashi for example, create later Tenkatsu 4 operating system Kinemacolor acquired before the merger but hidden Nikkatsu 5 . The National Film Center of the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art is now home to the first Fukuhōdō Hall, the Daiichi Fukuhōkan, in the Kyōbashi district ofChūō-ku 6 .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ a and b in ) Hiroshi Komatsu , Encyclopedia of Early Cinema , Routledge, ( ISBN  0-415-23440-9 ) , “Fukuhodo” , p.  261
  2. ↑ ( ja ) ”  Eiga satsueijo no machi Arakawa  ” , Arakawa monogatari (accessed May 16, 2011 ) [ archive ]
  3. ↑ ( in ) Aaron Gerow , Visions of Japanese Modernity , University of California Press,, 52  p. ( ISBN  978-0-520-25456-5 )
  4. ↑ Hiroshi Komatsu , ”  From natural color to the pure motion picture drama: the meaning of Tenkatsu Company in the 1910s of Japanese movie history  ,” Film History , vol.  7, o  1,p.  69-86
  5. ↑ Aaron Gerow , ”  One print in the age of mechanical reproduction: the film industry and culture in 1910s Japan  ” Screening the Past , o  11, ( read online ) [ archive ]
  6. ↑ Yoshirō Irie , ”  Nonfirumu: Shushu, fea yusu to akusesu  ” Annual Report on THE GOOD PRACTICE , College of Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University,p.  7 ( read online ) [ archive ]

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