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Zen Nippon Patē Shine Kyōkai [All-Nippon Pathé Cine Association]

Year Founded:


Preceded By:

Nippon Patē Shine Kyōkai (Nippon Pathé Cine Association)


Tokyo, Japan

Film Formats:



Patē shine


"Tokyo Bebī Kinema Kurabu renamed and reorganized a few times, as it changed its name to Tokyo Bebī Shinema Kyōkai (Tokyo Baby Cinema Association) in 1928, to Nippon Patē Shine Kyōkai (Nippon Pathé Cine Association) in 1931, and lastly to Zen Nippon Patē Shine Kyōkai (All-Nippon Pathé Cine Association) in 1934. Accordingly, the title of their monthly magazine also changed: from Bebī shinema (1927-1930) to Nippon patē shine (1931-1934) to Patē shine (1934-1940). With the last organizational change in 1934, the Association encompassed almost all of the geographical area of Japanese mainland and beyond by officially comprising four branches: Kanto, Kansai, Hokkai, and Manchuria. The April 1934 issue of the Patē shine magazine proclaimed that this new association was now “one of the biggest small-gauge film societies in the world” by encompassing a total of 137 local amateur cine clubs. This number consisted of 63 local cine clubs under the Kanto branch, 55 under the Kansai branch, 7 under the Hokkai branch, and 12 under the Manchurian branch. The Association maintained this structure until it disbanded in 1940 due to wartime control." - Noriko Morisue, "Filming the Everyday: History, Theory, and Aesthetics of Amateur Cinema in Interwar and Wartime Japan" (Yale University: PhD Dissertation, 2020): 35-36.

Associated Films:



Senjō yori [From a Battlefield]


Film Study 9 ½