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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 55 (21)

1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition
1954-55 Theatre Catalog
1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 55
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1954-55 Theatre Catalog, 12th Edition, Page 55

Television

Although television is considered to be a major competitor in the United States, it does not create much of a problem in Japan as television is still in the infant stage. At the present time it costs about $400 to purchase a TV set. When it is remembered that the average yearly income in Japan is only $160, it can be seen that there would not be a strong demand by the great mass of the population. Currently the ratio of set ownership is one set to every 2,500 persons. Even the most optimistic reports indicate that in 1956 the ratio will only be one set per 600 persons. This is far from the one to three ratio found in the United States, For this reason,





Country 1949 American . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

England . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . . 23

U.S.S.R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Italy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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NUMBER OF RELEASED FOREIGN FILMS



in Japan the theatre is one of the most infiuential entertainment mediums, and for the time being, it is considered that this condition will prevail into the foreseeable future.

Production

The Japanese motion picture industry has been improving and advancing quite rapidly in recent years. One of the highlights of this progress was the entry of "Rashomon," produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Production Company, in the 12th International Film Festival at Venice, in August of 1951. The awarding of the Grand Prize to this film was a great achievement for the Japanese motion picture industry, and one which

1950 1951 1952 1953 133 I43 151 144 22 9 9 3 19 I3 l3 l5 3 3 3 2 'i 6 6 7

ONE of Iapan's outstanding new theatres is the Shibuya Doiei. in 'lokyo. The facade is simple and ultra-modem, with impressive neon signs.

brought international recognition and notice to Japanls film industry. It also had the effect of giving this nationis film makers great pride and encouragement.

From the motion picture production point of View, at present there are five large production companies in Japan, and during the year 1953 they produced a total of 302 pictures. This represents the highest post-war production figure, and a 10 per cent increase over the previous year.

The following offers proof of the steadily increasing number of pictures made in Japan since 1948:

Number (if Year Films Produced 1948 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 123

1949 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

1951 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 252

1952 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 278

1953 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 302

Foreign Films

In regards to foreign films after the war, the Allied Forces permitted nine American motion picture production companies to establish a film distribution center in Japan, as one of the Armyis cultural facilities known as HCentral Motion Picture Exchange? and through this channel American films were imported for use by the general public.

Similarly, in 1947 English films were imported through the English Film Distribution Corporation. In addition, the French Film Exporting Association, the Russo-Japanese Film Company and other foreign film representatives, were estab lished in Japan.

At the present time American films make up about 70 per cent of the entire foreign film import, and the ratio of Japanese to foreign films is about six to four,





IN this close-up of the facade it is possible

to see some of the fine details thal went into its conslruclion. Mosaic tiles were used.
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