, commonly called , 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.] [加藤幹郎『映画館と観客の文化史』中央公論新社、2006 p.210頁。]
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.
Kinema Junpo Top 10
Japanese Films of All Time (2009 list)
Non-Japanese Films of All Time (2009 list)
Japanese Animated Films of All Time (2009 list)
Non-Japanese Animated Films of All Time (2010 list)
Movie star and Director of the 20th century
Annual award categories
There are ten categories of awards:
*Best Foreign Film
*Best Foreign Director
*Best Supporting Actor
*Best Supporting Actress
*Best New Actor
*Best New Actress
* (Japanese language)
Kinema Junpo on IMDb
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