In the early 1910s, when stage actresses emerged, the so-called “Katsudō-
Actresses” appeared i n the cinema scene. I examine how they differed from
contemporary film actresses and how they were received by audiences back
then. I analyzed the earliest film magazine of Katsudōshashinkai from 1909 to
1912. The activities of Katsudō-Actresses were not limited to acting on screen.
They also performed on stage as actors of chain-dramas, and dancers of side
shows played i n movie theaters. Katsudō-Actresses appealed to the audience
through both presentation and representation. Such uniqueness was sustained
by the circumstance of the early Japanese cinema.