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Benshi and the Introduction of Motion Pictures to Japan

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This article explores the history of silent film and their narrators in late 19th and early 20th Century Japan. Using the history of film, the article introduces key concepts regarding the integration of foreign ideas and technologies into Japan.  Originally published in Monumenta Nipponica.  

Reproduced with permission of Monumenta Nipponica and Jeffrey A. Dym.

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