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Benshi: Silent Film Narrators in Japan is a growing digital archive that features a curated collection of historical and contemporary materials relating to benshi performance and fan culture from their beginnings in the early decades of the twentieth century up to the present. It includes synchronized audio and video clips of historical and contemporary benshi, VR movie theaters of historical locations such as Shinjuku Musashino-kan, and a digitized collection of ephemera such as theater programs, benshi scripts, and fan ranking charts.


Kyoko Omori

Project Director

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