Marai no Tora: Coming to Screen
s in Syonan-To NUS Museum
This newspaper clipping from page 3 of Syonan Times, July 17, 1943, reveals that Marai no Tora was to be distributed to Nampo (Southern Regions), which included Malaya and Singapore.
This was hardly surprising news, given that Anglo American films were to be banned from September 1943. The news of some narrative films to break the monotony of ‘documentary films’ such as On to Singapore would have offered some respite to those who could still afford to frequent the cinemas.
Certainly, that leads one to wonder how it would have been received in these parts of the world. Would it have been understood? Was it subtitled or interpreted? Perhaps, the spoiler-filled synopsis provided in the Syonan Times article was to prevent the propagadistic message of the film from being lost in translation.
Do join us this coming Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, at 7.30pm, for a screening of Marai no Tora (with subtitles and not be lost in translation).