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Screen Translation and the Benshi Tradition in Japan

Japanese Benshi Kataoka Ichiro discussed some of the issues surrounding screen translation in Japan with Professor Markus Nornes. Through a series of short films and extracts in English and Japanese, Professor Nornes and Kataoka Ichiro will illustrate the challenges of translating silent film, and how Benshi, as performers, were an important part of the film viewing experience in their own right.

Speakers:

Markus Nornes
Professor of Asian Cinema at the University of Michigan.

Kataoka Ichiro
Professional Benshi

With live piano accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch

Chaired by: Dr Alexander Jacoby, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, Oxford Brookes University

In association with the Japan Foundation and supported by

Image: © Kataoka Ichiro