The Current State of Film Restoration in Japan

The Current State of Film Restoration in Japan

Friday, July 26, 2019

© 1953 Kadokawa

Panel Discussion
Friday, July 26, 4:30 PM

Film restoration efforts are at the forefront of ensuring the continued life of our shared world cinema heritage. While a robust market for rereleases has incentivized American studios to invest in its film assets, and European and other governments around the world have funded the preservation of their film history, Japan is struggling to realize 4K restorations of even its most revered classics. In this informative discussion, a varied panel of industry professionals will speak about the current state of film restoration in Japan, introduce key concepts about the work itself and present ideas for making projects more viable in the future. The talk will include a before/after demonstration and a case study of the landmark restoration of Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu (1953), a collaboration between Kadokawa film studio and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation at the New York restoration facility Cineric.

Free admission. Seating is limited. Customers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Approx. 60 min.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2019

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