English article: New tech brings cinema to the deaf and blind

(photo: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/)
November 1, 2014


In the theater at the Tokyo International Film Festival,  as Masayuki Suo's film "Maiko wa Lady (Lady Maiko)" began, the viewers were ready — with glasses-shaped head-mounted displays and earpieces designed to make cinema accessible to the deaf and blind.

The special screening held at TIFF on Oct. 24 was a chance for the audience to experience the future of cinema in a barrier-free environment, so that everyone can enjoy going to the movies.

"There was originally little interest in the film industry to making movies barrier-free, so we decided to tackle this objective ourselves," said Koji Kawano, secretary-general of nonprofit Media Access Support Center.

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