Manchukuo Film Association

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum



Background

Manchukuo Film Association Corporation (株式會社滿洲映画協會, Kabushiki kaisha Manshū eiga kyōkai) (Chinese: 株式會社滿洲映畫協會), also known as Man'ei (滿映), was a Japanese film studio in Manchukuo during the 1930s and 1940s. Man'ei controlled film production as well as release and international distribution of Manchurian films. It was originally formed in 1937 as a joint venture between the government of Manchukuo and the South Manchurian Railway Company.

Man'ei collapsed following the Soviet invasion of Manchukuo as well as the surrender of Japan. The studio would later be taken over by the Communist Party of China and merged with the Northeast Film Studio to form the Changchun Film Studio.



1st (known) Logo (193/194?)


Visuals: On a rock background, an engraving of Man'ei's emblem is seen, consisting of an abstract M with "映" within it (the "M" comes from the South Manchurian Railway Company's emblem). Below is a plaque reading "滿洲映画協會製作",

Variant: A closing variant exists where the set of the Japanese words zooming in, and then it cuts to the words "The End" in Japanese fading in.

Technique: A still live-action graphic.

Audio: The opening/closing theme.

Availability: Seen on the Manchuria Film Report newsreel.

2nd Logo (193?/194?)


Visuals: On a textured background, the Man'ei emblem is seen with the company name below, casting a shadow to the right.

Technique: Presumably none.

Audio: Presumably the opening theme.

Availability: Unknown. Currently only a capture of it exists on the Internet.

3rd Logo (193?/194?)


Visuals: On a black screen, the emblem from before is seen with the company name in Japanese below, all in a 3D effect.

Technique: Presumably none.

Audio: Unknown.

Availability: Unknown. Currently only a capture of it exists on the Internet.

4th Logo (March 31, 1942)

Visuals: On a black background, the Man'ei emblem is seen with the company name in Chinese below.

Technique: A still printed image.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on 迎春花

Manchukuo Film Association
Changchun Film Studio