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Kyoko Omori
Omori Gives Invited Talk at Syracuse University

Associate Professor of Japanese Kyoko Omori, gave an invited talk, “Usher Unsilenced: Benshi Performance, Modern Japanese Film Cultures, and Global Modernity,” at a symposium at Syracuse University on Sept. 13. The conference was titled “Japan Today: Interdisciplinary Symposium in Japanese Studies.”  More ...

Silent film musicians and a benshi with Hamilton's performers
"The Sound of Silent Film" Resonates with Packed House

“The Sound of Silent Film: A Two-Part Benshi Event,” the second 2014 F.I.L.M. Series program, offered a packed house a multi-faceted event featuring a unique musical collaboration between international artists from Japan, France and Canada on Sunday, Sept. 28. The audience, which included numerous local Utica community members, were treated to a world premiere of a Western-style composition with traditional Japanese instruments brought together for the purpose of accompanying Japanese silent movies.  More ...

Benshi Ichiro Kataoka
Benshi Event Will Feature Music, Film

Hamilton’s FILM series will host a Benshi Event featuring benshi Ichiro Kataoka, composer Gabriel Thibaudeau and musicians from Japan, Canada and France on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ.  More ...

Tori Fukumitsu,  Ichiro Kataoka (a benshi), and Professor Kyoko Omori.
Benshi, Japanese Silent Film Narrators

This summer, Tori Fukumitsu ’15, an English major and Japanese minor, is working on an independent Emerson project,“Performing With the Picture, Moving With the Times: the Role of Benshi in Preserving a Japanese Cultural Practice and Adapting to a Global Audience” with Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese) Kyoko Omori. Fukumitsu is exploring benshi, Japanese silent film narrators, and their performing art of setsumei.  More ...

Jack Lyons '16
The Silent Serpent: Understanding the Role of Benshi in Japanese Cinema

With the exception of the 2011 French film The Artist, which won three Golden Globes and five Academy Awards, silent films have become a thing of the past. Yet there may still be lessons to learn from this antiquated art form. John Lyons ’16, an Asian studies major with a Japanese focus, was recruited by Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures Kyoko Omori to work on the DHi project, “Reconstructing Serpent.”  More ...

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