According to Variety, this Kinemacolor travelogue was originally released in a 13,000-foot version -- 13 reels' worth of film, running roughly three hours. One suspects, however, that Japan was cut down into several one- and two-reel versions for its nationwide release. Kinemacolor was an ambitious operation that specialized in a seminal form of color photography, employing an elaborate combination of sped-up film, tinted frames, alternating projection shutters, and colored filters. Though most of the studio's films have been lost, contemporary reports indicate that the color images were quite dazzling -- and surprisingly accurate. What better subject to concentrate upon, then, than the country of Japan, one of the most colorful places on earth? This, of course, was the pre-industrialized, pre-militarized Japan, thus American audiences could enjoy what they saw without feeling "threatened."
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