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Miscellaneous shots of Japanese social classes, from the poor to the wealthy, and the masses to the individual.
Travelogue 1911 5 mins
This travelogue appears to document the film crew’s spontaneous encounters with various types of Japanese people. These include female refuse-sorters on the street and a nicely dressed family visiting a temple. The location varies from a crowded avenue lined with what appear to be cherry blossoms, to an open-air performance of a traditional masked play, ending with the film’s only interior scene, in which an elegant young woman enjoys tea and sweets. The segments are probably unrelated. (Kosuke Fujiki)
Japan on Film
Documentary 1912 75 mins
Intense interest in Japan by the West made it a favourite destination for filmmakers from the earliest days of film. This selection of films from 1901 to 1913, newly restored by the BFI National Archive, takes us on a fascinating journey through Meiji Japan.
Interest film 1920 2 mins
Upper-class Japanese ladies dress up for an open-air afternoon tea, to appreciate the shortlived cherry blossoms.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Performance 1913 6 mins
Acrobats exhibit their physical agility and masterly skills with assorted spinning and balancing feats.
Travelogue 1911 7 mins
A wild boat ride through the Hozu River’s white-water rapids, set against a beautifully coloured natural background.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
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Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.
National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001 National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
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A longer version of the famously icky anti-smoking promo in which cigarettes ooze fat.
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
“If you care, show it” - is the message to encourage voting in the Scottish elections, long before the galvanising independence referendum of 2014.
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A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.