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In the early 1960s, Japan’s television industry harbored an experimental spirit that was free from restrictive institutional ideology. It was a time of hope according to Inuhiko Yomota, professor of film history at Meiji Gakuin University.

An academic screening in Tokyo will offer a rare glimpse into the spirit of that period by featuring “Shochu to Gomu” (“Shochu Liquor and Rubber”), a 1962 docu-drama by Yotaro Konaka, who was then a director at NHK’s Nagoya branch and is now a novelist. It’s a must-see for those interested in the early years of Japanese television and antiwar movement here in the ’60s and ’70s.

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