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About "35mm film non-regular product which used FUJIFILM logo illegally"

June 24, 2019

Fujifilm Corporation

Dear customers

Thank you for your continued patronage of our film products.

It has been found that “a 35mm film non-genuine product illegally using FUJIFILM logo” (see attached photo) packed with movie film (* 1) has been brought to a development handling shop in Japan. These are the fraudulent use of our logo, not the products we offer.

Please note that these products are packed with movie film inside the used 35mm, and can not be developed with the normal color negative film development process (CN-16, C-41). If the photo shop develops, it may contaminate the developer and it may be necessary to change the solution and to clean the rack of the developing machine, which may lead to development failure of other customers' films. In order to avoid these risks, the shop will refuse the development of non-genuine products.

We are not responsible for any problems caused by such non-regular films. In addition, we have already implemented this warning notice to developing film handling shops and processing facilities for general purpose films.

We look forward to your continued patronage of our products.

Example of "35mm film non-genuine product illegally using FUJIFILM logo" packed with movie film

Besides 250D in the attached photo, there may be different types such as 64D, 250T and 500T.
In this example, there is a display of "shooting" which means "movie" in Chinese. There is no description of "image" on our regular 35mm type.

FUJIFILMロゴを不正使用した35mmフィルム非正規品」に関するご注意

2019年6月24日

富士フイルム株式会社

お客さま各位

平素より当社フィルム製品をご愛顧いただき、誠にありがとうございます。

このたび映画用フィルム(*1)が詰められた「FUJIFILMロゴを不正使用した35mmフィルム非正規品」(添付写真参照)が、日本国内の現像取り扱い店舗に持ち込まれたことが判明いたしました。これらは、当社のロゴが不正に使用されているものであって、当社が提供している製品ではございません。

これら製品には使用済み35mmパトローネの内部に映画用フィルムが詰められており、通常の写真用カラーネガフィルム現像プロセス(CN-16、C-41)では現像出来ませんので、ご注意ください。万が一、写真店が現像してしまった場合、現像液が汚染され液の交換および現像機のラック洗浄が必要となる場合があり、他のお客さまのフィルムへの現像不良につながる可能性がございますので、それらの危険を避けるため、店舗では非正規品の現像はお断りさせていただきます。

このような非正規品のフィルムに起因するトラブルについては、当社は一切の責任を負いかねますのでご了承願います。尚、一般用フィルムの現像取り扱い店舗・現像所には、本件の注意連絡をすでに実施しております。

今後とも、当社製品をご愛顧賜りますよう、よろしくお願い申し上げます。

映画用フィルムが詰められている「FUJIFILMロゴを不正使用した35mmフィルム非正規品」の例

添付写真の250D以外にも、64D、250T、500Tなど異なる種類が存在する可能性がございます。
この例では中国語で「映画」を意味する「電影」の表示があります。35mmパトローネ形態の当社正規品には「電影」の表記はありません。

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This appears to be a repackaging of a real Fuji motion picture film (now discontinued, since Fuji has abandoned the motion picture market) - Eterna 250D Vivid 8546

https://www.fujifilm.com/products/motion_picture/lineup/eterna_vivid250d/

Probably cut down from a 400-foot roll. Not unlike "CineStill" films - except that CineStill is much more ethical in how they label and prepare their versions of cine film.

The use of the Fujifilm logo is no doubt illegal. And Fuji certainly wants to make it clear that 1) unmodified movie film can really mess up a standard "still" C-41 lab (google "rem-jet backing"), and 2) may well be out-of-date or otherwise compromised by storage or handling by the third-party doing the repackaging. It isn't how Fuji intended this product to be handled and used, and they (correctly) don't want to be blamed for any nasty outcomes.

Edited by adan

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Whoever it is they must have tons of the stuff to justify the trouble of repackaging it and getting it into shops. Equally they don't appear to be lying about the contents, the film is what the cassette says it is. Trademarks aside are Fuji just covering themselves by raising the question about the remjet coating, or are they outright saying that it hasn't been removed like it is with CineStill movie film? 

 

The illegality of the packaging is one thing, although Chinese manufacturers are notoriously literal and may not even question telling you on the cassette exactly what is inside, but if they have purchased a vast stock legally, and they have removed the remjet coating, then Fiji's response is also questionable. It will be interesting where the truth is.

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