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Cover of the first issue of Kinema Junpo, dated July 11, 1919.
|Publisher||Masanobu Shimizu (清水勝之)|
|First issue||July 11, 1919|
|Company||Kinema Junposha KK|
|Based in||Minato-ku, Tokyo|
Kinema Junpo (キネマ旬報, Kinema Junpō), commonly called Kinejun (キネ旬), is Japan's oldest film magazine and began publication in July 1919. It was first published three times a month, using the Japanese Jun (旬) system of dividing months into three parts, but the postwar Kinema Junpō has been published twice a month.
The magazine was founded by a group of four students, including Saburō Tanaka, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Technical High School at the time). In that first month, it was published three times on days with a "1" in them. These first three issues were printed on art paper and had four pages each. Kinejun initially specialized in covering foreign films, in part because its writers sided with the principles of the Pure Film Movement and strongly criticized Japanese cinema. It later expanded coverage to films released in Japan. While long emphasizing film criticism, it has also served as a trade journal, reporting on the film industry in Japan and announcing new films and trends.
After their building was destroyed in the Great Kantō earthquake in September 1923, the Kinejun offices were moved to the city of Ashiya in the Hanshin area of Japan, though the main offices are now back in Tokyo.
The Kinema Junpo awards began in 1926, and their 10 best list is considered iconic and prestigious.
|4||Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate||1957|
|5||Battles Without Honor and Humanity||1973|
|8||The Million Ryo Pot||1935|
|9||Taiyō o Nusunda Otoko||1979|
|10||The Family Game||1983|
|2||West Side Story||1961|
|4||The Third Man||1949|
|5||The Wild Bunch||1969|
|7||2001: A Space Odyssey||1968|
|10||Children of Paradise||1945|
|10||Lawrence of Arabia||1962|
|1||The Castle of Cagliostro||1979|
|2||Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind||1984|
|3||My Neighbor Totoro||1988|
|4||Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back||2001|
|6||The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots||1969|
|7||The Tale of the White Serpent||1958|
|7||Hols: Prince of the Sun||1968|
|7||Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer||1984|
|10||Castle in the Sky||1986|
|10||Grave of the Fireflies||1988|
|10||Summer Days with Coo||2007|
|2||The Nightmare Before Christmas||1993|
|3||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||1937|
|4||Le Roi et l'oiseau||1980|
|5||Hedgehog in the Fog||1975|
|6||Mr. Bug Goes to Town||1941|
|8||The Man Who Planted Trees||1987|
|10||The Iron Giant||1999|
|10||The Wrong Trousers||1993|
|1.||Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997)||1.||Setsuko Hara (1920-2015)||1.||Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998)|
|2.||Yujiro Ishihara (1934-1987)||2.||Sayuri Yoshinaga (1945-)||2.||Yasujirō Ozu (1903-1963)|
|3.||Masayuki Mori (1911-1973)||3.||Machiko Kyō (1924-)||3.||Kenji Mizoguchi (1898-1956)|
|4.||Ken Takakura (1931-2014)||4.||Hideko Takamine (1924-2010)||4.||Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998)|
|5.||Chishū Ryū (1904-1993)||5.||Kinuyo Tanaka (1909-1977)||5.||Mikio Naruse (1905-1969)|
|6.||Ichikawa Raizō VIII (1931-1969)||6.||Isuzu Yamada (1917-2012)||6.||Yoji Yamada (1931-)|
|7.||Tsumasaburō Bandō (1901-1953)||7.||Masako Natsume (1957-1985)||7.||Kinji Fukasaku (1930-2003)|
|7.||Shintaro Katsu (1931-1997)||8.||Keiko Kishi (1932-)||7.||Kon Ichikawa (1915-2008)|
|9.||Kiyoshi Atsumi (1928-1996)||8.||Ayako Wakao (1933-)||7.||Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013)|
|9.||Hisaya Morishige (1913-2009)||10.||Sumiko Fuji (1945-)||7.||Tomu Uchida (1898-1970)|
|9.||Yorozuya Kinnosuke (1932-1997)||10.||Shima Iwashita (1941-)||11.||Hayao Miyazaki (1941-)|
|1.||Gary Cooper (1901-1961)||1.||Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)||1.||Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)|
|2.||Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)||2.||Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)||2.||Federico Fellini (1920-1993)|
|2.||John Wayne (1907-1979)||3.||Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982)||3.||John Ford (1894-1973)|
|4.||Marlon Brando (1924-2004)||4.||Vivien Leigh (1913-1967)||4.||Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)|
|4.||Alain Delon (1935-)||5.||Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)||4.||Jean-Luc Godard (1930-)|
|4.||Jean Gabin (1904-1976)||6.||Grace Kelly (1929-1982)||4.||Steven Spielberg (1946-)|
|7.||Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)||7.||Françoise Arnoul (1931-)||4.||Billy Wilder (1906-2002)|
|7.||Steve McQueen (1930-1980)||7.||Bette Davis (1908-1989)||8.||Luchino Visconti (1906-1976)|
|9.||Sean Connery (1930-2020)||7.||Jodie Foster (1962-)||9.||Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)|
|9.||Paul Newman (1925-2008)||7.||Greta Garbo (1905-1990)||10.||Luis Buñuel (1900-1983)|
|7.||Anna Karina (1940-2019)|
|7.||Jeanne Moreau (1928-2017)|
|7.||Romy Schneider (1938-1982)|
|7.||Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)|
There are ten categories of awards:
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