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Shooting Rapids in Japan

Be prepared to get drenched as you slip past dangerous rocks in this violent ride down the rapidly flowing Hozu River.

Travelogue 1906 5 mins Silent


The Hozu River in Kyoto is known for its rapid currents, winding course and giant boulders that protrude from the water. Taken with a camera mounted on the stern of a boat, the opening shot of this film enables the audience to experience a dizzying wild ride, while in the rest of the film the camera stands on the riverbanks to capture the boats being violently tossed by the waters. The rush of water, a popular subject in the earliest years of film, must have thrilled contemporary viewers. (Kosuke Fujiki)