Kyoto's Film Culture and History
Chapter 1THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAPANESE MOVIES
In the 19 century when the Meiji Restoration was over, people worked hard to create a new Japan. In such a time, people must have been surprised and thrilled by seeing projected moving image on the screen. Kyoto is the first place in Japan that enjoyed such thrill and sensation.
Chapter 2KYOTO, A MONUMENT FOR THE BIRTH OF MOVIES
Chapter 3THE REMNANT SITE OF NIJO CASTEL STUDIO
Chapter 4A BUST OF MATSUNOSUKE ONOE
Matsunosuke ONOE was the first Japanese "Movie Star"(1875 to 1926). He was affectionately called "Medama-no-Macchan" who was loved by children and adults as well. It is amazing that he stared more than 1000 movies. You can see him here.
Chapter 5TRACING THE ROOT OF THE MONUMENTS OF SHOZO MAKINO
Chapter 6STONE LANTERN DONATED BY YAMAGUNI-TAI BAND
Jidai Festival is one of three biggest festivals in Kyoto. A drum and fife band called Yamaguni-tai heads the procession during the festival. What is the relation between this band and Shozo MAKINO, the farther of Japanese movies?
Chapter 7STATUE OF SHOZO MAKINO
Chapter 8RANDEN KITANO LINE AND MOVIE
In 2010, Randen(Keifuku Electric Railroad co.,ltd.) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding. You may wonder why the history of movie studios is found along Randen Kitano Line heading to the west. There are many temples including some registered as the World Heritage sites along
Chapter 9TOEI STUDIOS KYOTO
Chapter 10SITE OF DAIEI KYOTO STUDIO
After World War II，following the movie release of "Rashomon" which was directed by Akira KUROSAWA, many Japanese movies won international prizes and entered into the golden age. Most of these prize winning movies were produced here in Kyoto. Why don't you visit the memorable place that triggered the spread of Japanese movies spreading in the world?
Chapter 11SHOCHIKU STUDIO
Chapter 12FILMING LOCATIONS FROM ARASHIYAMA TO OKUSAGA
Arashiyama is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto. Going further from Arashiyama, you will find a quiet and comfortable place called Okusaga. This is a place related to movies where you can enjoy both sightseeing and peaceful feeling at the same time.
Chapter 13FILMING LOCATIONS IN SAGANO
There are a lot of famous temples with long history and typical old Japanese sceneries in Sagano. These historical landscapes have served as excellent filming locations because of their closeness to movie studios in Uzumasa.
Chapter 14FILMING LOCATIONS IN THE AREA FROM HOZUKYO VALLEY TO KIYOTAKI
Chapter 15KINEMA-DEN HALL
Chapter 16TOEI KYOTO STUDIO PARK - EIGA BUNKA-KAN
This is a large theme park featuring movie production in Uzumasa, the place once called "Japanese Hollywood". This park offers children and adults joyful experience in the movie related affairs and the opportunity to see the precious exhibits.
Chapter 17THE MUSEUM OF KYOTO
Chapter 18THE MONUMENT OF KENJI MIZOGUCHI
Kenji MIZOGUCHI is one of the world famous movie directors in addition to Akira KUROSAWA, Yasujiro OZU and Mikio NARUSE. Many people engaged in movie production including GODARD, a French movie director have visited the places associated with MIZOGUCHI.
Chapter 19FILMING LOCATION IN RAKUNAN AREA