This article focuses on Prokino archiving in the 1980s, including the collection and screening of Prokino films, the collection and restoration of Prokino journals, and the publication of The History of Prokino. This article regards Prokino archiving work as a practice of producing knowledge in a power relationship.
The Prokino activities have an important value and meaning in the history of Japanese films in that they produced films for workers and held screening tours nationwide without relying on capital under the surveillance and oppression of the imperial Japanese authorities from 1929 to 1934.
However, since the archive is a place infested with “archive fever,” only the traces of Prokino members were noted through the added subtitles, commentaries, and the publication of The History of Prokino in Prokino archiving. In Prokino archiving, the existence of the women and the Koreans (Zainichi) is hidden although they, in solidarity among audiences, actively interpreted Prokino films ‒ whose intentions had not been properly realized due to various unfavorable conditions ‒ as the films of resistance.