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Movies finally produced after multiple setbacks


After Repeated Trial and Error, a Movie was Shown for the First Time in Japan in 1897


Cinematograph
Cinematographs for filming, printing, and projecting, the prototype of today's equipment for movies, were invented by the Lumiere Brothers in France. A Japanese businessman, Katsutaro Inahata, brought back a cinematograph from France.
Inahata had studied abroad, when the elder of the Lumiere Brothers was his classmate. Through this relationship, Inahaga obtained the performance rights in Japan. On coming back home, he initiated experimental previews of the film. But he couldn't find out the intensity of the electric current required to project the film, which resulted in repeated failure. Finally in January through February 1897, he succeeded in showing the film. Because of a possible fire caused by a heated lamp used as a light source, he showed the film out of doors, which was in the premises of former Rissei Elementary School, located to the north of the Kiyamachi-Shijo intersection.
Kyoto flourishing as a center of the Japanese film industry is now sending a new film culture, e.g. founding Kyoto Film Festival in commemoration of the centennial of the first movie shown in Japan.

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