Kindai Eiga Kyokai

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Kindai Eiga Kyokai (translated to Modern Film Association) is a Japanese film company established on July 31, 1950.

1st Logo (August 6, 1952-November 8, 1963)

Visuals: In an outdoor scene, there is a stone carving of a man kicking at a Dutch angle. Then, "A Kindai Eiga Kyokai Presentation" in kanji fades in.

Variants:

  • An early version exists where the scene's environment is brighter and the company name is in a more handwritten-like style.
  • On Lucky Dragon No. 5, the kanji text notice for Shinseiki Eiga is shown underneath the company name, both of which are off-centered for "共同作品" to fit in the middle.

Technique: Live-action and cel animation.

Audio: The opening theme or silent.

Audio Variant: On Lucky Dragon No. 5, there is an echoing bell melody.

Availability:

  • It premiered on Lucky Dragon No. 5, The Naked Island, and Mother.
  • The early version was known to appear in Children of Hiroshima.

2nd Logo (November 21, 1964-March 17, 1977)

Visuals: Over a gray background, there is a statue of a mermaid carrying a sword and shield. Like in the previous logo, the company name appears in kanji.

Trivia: The statue in this logo is based on Ludwika Nitschowa's The Little Mermaid memorial located in Warsaw, Poland.

Variant:

  • On Kuroneko, the kanji text notice for Toho Co., Ltd. is shown underneath the company name, both of which are off-centered for "共同作品" to fit in the middle.
  • A updated colorized variant is later used where the spotlight is omitted it takes place on a red background. The light on the statue also shines differently.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: None.

Availability:

  • It was used on Onibaba and Kuroneko.
  • The colorized variant was seen on The Iron Crown, Love Betrayed, the aforementioned Waga Michi, Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director, andChikuzan hitori tabi.
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