"Big Tokyo (1933) and the Ideology of Sound"
The paper discusses the production, distribution, and reception of an early sound documentary film, Big Tokyo, directed 1932-1933 by prominent Soviet filmmaker Vladimir Shneiderov. Big Tokyo was the first Soviet picture filmed in Japan, as well as one of the first Soviet "talkies." At the time of its release Big Tokyo was also advertised as the first Soviet-Japanese "co-poduction." By examining the historical context of both Soviet and Japanese cinema, as well as the technical and political changes that occured in the early 1930s, we can begin to understand why this promising project never gained recognition and publicity it so obviously deserved.