Cinema refers to the motion picture industry that produces commercial, documentary and several other kinds of movies. The first motion picture was titled 'Soldiers of the Cross' and was shown in 1900, totaling a length of 3000 feet of photographic film. Although the duration of this movie was a few minutes, it formed the backbone for an industry that would later capture the attention of billions of people all over the world. Today, prominent movie industries in the United States of America, Great Britain, Mediterranean Europe, Japan and India together produce thousands of movies annually, making commercial cinema the single largest entertainment industry.
The foremost movies were black and white, without sound and were little more than integration of slides. With the technology available back then, it was hard to have long scenes in a single shot or arrange a movie as a planned set of sequences. During the times of the first and second world wars, motion pictures were used as a medium of art for people to express opinions and this concept of film making continues to date. Documentaries and educational movies may not show commercial success but go well appreciated by critics and earn more awards than any other form of cinema. Both vintage and modern movie studios are popular tourist attractions and famous movie sets when preserved are known to fetch reasonable revenue from tourism.
Japan is an Asian country with a very successful movie industry. Cinema gained scope in Japan in the 1920s although the first short film, a documentary, was made in Japan a couple of decades earlier. When Japan was engaged in military exploits and establishing colonies in the 1940s, most movies were patriotic in nature and these movies, particularly after the attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki helped strengthen the morale of the Japanese common man. While the 1950s were the golden years of Japanese cinema, Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Tokyo Story produced in this era are regarded as the greatest Japanese movies of all time.
Today, Japanese movies are appreciated all over the world, even by people who do not follow the Japanese language. These movies can be categorized into genre like Anime, Samurai cinema, Kaiju and others. Anime is an extremely popular category that includes animated movies which are different from the Hollywood animated movies the world is used to. Japanese movies like Godzilla have, in fact, been commercial chart-busters all over the world. Japanese Movies English subtitle files are easily available which aids people from all countries to enjoy Japanese movies.
Today, cinema defines world citizenship like no other medium does. Many people appreciate international cinema which includes Japanese movies with their explicit depiction of the Asian culture. Once Japanese Movies English sub-title files are obtained, watching them is just like watching any other movie and is a great idea to spend quality time with friends over sushi. These movies can be regarded as treasures of knowledge and more importantly serve to support the triumph of man in capturing real events on screen.
Movies have been a form of entertainment to millions of audiences for many years. While it was thought to be a "medium without future" by the Lumiere Brothers, it eventually turned out to be a very lucrative industry worldwide. Just as most countries envision the importance of this medium, the Japanese took interest in filming after the introduction of Cinimatographe Lumiere in Osaka in 1897. The very first Japanese movies that were filmed were experimental shots of streets scenes around Tokyo, the esplanades of Ginza, geisha houses and their traditional entertainers. Since then on, the Japanese made diverse movies and joined the ranks of one of the oldest and major film industry worldwide.
The early Japanese movies produced in the latter part of 1890's were short films that looped continuously as they term in Japanese, 'tasuke' with the primary purpose of lengthening the movie. When the first studio in Tokyo was established to produced films, the Japanese embraced these as a "new form of theatre" but still featuring the old kabuki style of performances. They used narrators called 'benshi' who act as story tellers or lecturers who explain scenes that were being shown. Eventually, the "benshi" also became the voice of the actors speaking in various voices similar to doing the voice-over in puppetry. It was only at the start of 1930 when Japanese film makers incorporated speech and music soundtrack in their movie while the rest of the Western world has sound films three years back. It was in this era when movie making in Japan became big business.
The 50's and 60's was the period of excellence in Japanese film makers where they achieved recognitions from international award giving bodies. It was also in the 50's when Japanese introduced audience to monster films called 'Kaiju' featuring the giant monster Gojira, popularly known as Godzilla. Also, they made a more serious film, 'The Seven Samurai' which was a widely acclaimed movie and considered as "the greatest and most influential movie ever made."
The 1990's and into the twenty-first century, there has been an exceptional rise of interest on Japanese movies as for its various genre. The most popular are the animation or 'anime' like the manga comics. Japanimation was a jargon used in the 70's and 80's to distinguish Japanese animation work from other countries. Period drama film called 'Jidaigeki' that covers the Edo Period sometimes called 'chambara' that stages spectacular sword fights, battles and stunts like the Samurais. The J-horror films have become popular and there are remakes of most of these movie categories with distributions around the globe.