Kinema Junpo

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Kinema Junpo
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Cover of the first issue of Kinema Junpo, dated July 11, 1919.
Categories Film
PublisherMasanobu Shimizu (清水勝之)
Founder Saburō Tanaka
First issueJuly 11, 1919 (1919-07-11)
CompanyKinema Junposha KK
Country Japan
Based in Minato-ku, Tokyo
Language Japanese
Website Official website

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. [1] 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. [1]

Kinema Junpo Top 10

Japanese Films of All Time (2009 list)

1 Tokyo Story 1953
2 Seven Samurai 1954
3 Floating Clouds 1955
4 Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate 1957
5 Battles Without Honor and Humanity 1973
6 Twenty-Four Eyes 1954
7 Rashomon 1950
8 The Million Ryo Pot 1935
9 Taiyō o Nusunda Otoko 1979
10 The Family Game 1983

Non-Japanese Films of All Time (2009 list)

1 The Godfather 1972
2 West Side Story 1961
2 Taxi Driver 1976
4 The Third Man 1949
5 Breathless 1960
5 The Wild Bunch 1969
7 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
8 Roman Holiday 1953
8 Blade Runner 1982
10 Stagecoach 1939
10 Children of Paradise 1945
10 La Strada 1954
10 Vertigo 1958
10 Lawrence of Arabia 1962
10 The Conformist 1970
10 Apocalypse Now 1979
10 The South 1983
10 Gran Torino 2008

Japanese Animated Films of All Time (2009 list)

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
5 Akira 1988
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
10 Summer Wars 2009

Non-Japanese Animated Films of All Time (2010 list)

1 Fantasia 1940
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
7 Toy Story 1995
8 Up 2009
8 The Man Who Planted Trees 1987
10 The Iron Giant 1999
10 The Wrong Trousers 1993

Movie star and Director of the 20th century


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)

Annual award categories

There are ten categories of awards:

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