The benshi in Japanese cinema–clip

Here is a link to a clip of a famous film, The Water Magician. It’s adapted from a short story by Izumi Kyōka, who, like Tanizaki, specialized in very detailed and baroque kanji in addition to narratives of mystery. (Scroll to the bottom…the short essay is also worth reading.) The brief section is narrated, as you can hear, by a “live” voice. The benshi is one mode of narration you might keep in mind as you put together your Voicethread project.

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