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Hattori Shigeru’s 9.5mm splicer.

Shigeru Hattori

Club Affiliation

Tokyo Bebī Kinema Kurabu [Tokyo Baby Kinema Club]

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




Gion matsuri [Gion Festival] (1941)

Biographical Notes:

"Hattori Shigeru, introduced an invention that not only aided in his own filmmaking practices but also became a sellable product distributed by the retailers of small-gauge film equipment. In the September 1934 issue of Patē shine, he wrote an article describing a film splicer that was designed to cut film strips diagonally and then splice them to create the effect of a wipe.90 An extant example of films where Hattori used this splicer is his 9.5mm production, Gion matsuri (Gion Festival), a six-minute film that documented the annual procession of the Gion Festival in Kyoto on July 17, 1941... In addition to acquiring a utility model registration (jitsuyō shin’an), Hattori’s splicer was turned into an actual product for sale. In the September 1936 issue of Patē shine, one of the retailers, Nakamura Patē Shōkai, published an advertisement for this product. According to the advertisement, the splicer was produced and sold for both the 9.5mm and 16mm systems, at a price of 5 yen and 10 yen respectively." - Noriko Morisue, "Filming the Everyday: History, Theory, and Aesthetics of Amateur Cinema in Interwar and Wartime Japan" (Yale University: PhD Dissertation, 2020): 50-51.