Restored Asian Films
モダン怪談 100,000,000円 (松竹グラフ) [Modern Horror 100,000,000 yen (Shochiku Graph)]
A runaway couple lost deep in the mountains happen to find the buried treasure of famous thief Chuji Kunisada. Director Torajiro Saito is a comedy king and it is said that his comedy was at its most radical in his silent era, but only three of his silents remained. This fourth discovery turned out to be his earliest surviving comedy, though a digest version of home use 16mm (about 20% out of original length of 1,399m on 5 reels), and the director’s three sons stepped forward to sponsor this restoration in 2005, to celebrate their father’s centenary.
This was the first installment of “Adopt-A-Film” project by Film Preservation Society, which involves asking for donations for the full cost of restoration of a discovered film and putting the donor’s name at the top of the restored print. Eventually the original film is given back to the owner, and the restored 35mm print is kept in an archival (cool and dry) environment.
Alternate Titles: Modern Horror 100,000,000 yen [Shuchiku Graph]
Original Production Country: Japan
Original Release Year: 1929
Original Elements Held By: Private ownership (16mm digest version for home use)
Original Distribution Company: Shochiku Kinema
Production Company: Shochiku Kinema, Kamata Studio
Director: Torajiro Saito
Writer: Tadao Ikeda
Cinematography: Yoshio Taketomi
Other Credits: Original story by Fumio Omori, Cast: Tatsuo Saito, Junko Matsui
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Colour System: B/W
Duration: 15 mins
Country Where Restored: Japan
Country Restoration First Screened: Japan
Lab Image Restored By: Ikueisha, Inc.
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Restored Elements Held By: National Film Archive of Japan (a dupe neg and a projection print on 35mm)
Restoration Funded By: Minoru Saito, Masayasu Saito, Kosei Saito
Restoration Premiere: National Film Center “Torajiro Saito and Hiromasa Nomura Retrospective at their Centenary”, 4 November 2005
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BD/DVD Release: DVD with English subtitles is available from Film Preservation Society.
The report on this restoration was submitted by Takeo Nagano in NFC newsletter No.63 (2005 October-November issue) p. 9.