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First Post-WWII Japanese Animated Film Restored

The Fukuoka City Public Library has restored to its original length the first animated film made in Japan after World War II, reports JAPAN TIMES. A complete version of PRINCESS OF BAGHDAD had not existed for years.

The library will show the 48-minute movie based on THE ARABIAN NIGHTS on Saturday and Sunday at its theater.

A Fukuoka resident donated a nearly complete version to the library in 2004. Since then, the library collaborated with the National Film Center in Tokyo to restore the film to its original length.

Previously, the only copy confirmed to exist was a 37-minute version kept at the NFC.

"It's a monumental work the first (Japanese-made animation film) since World War II but very few people know it exists. Thus this is a valuable film," a library official said. "We want as many people to enjoy it as possible."

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