Japan Society Film

Japan Society Film


Screening Japanese cinema from classics to contemporary premieres in NYC. Organizers of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film since 2007. Films streaming at film.japansociety.org


New Streaming Addition | Akihiko Shiota's Harmful Insect

We're excited to announce the addition of Akihiko Shiota's devastating Harmful Insect to our Flash Forward virtual lineup. Starring Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka) and Yu Aoi (Wife of a Spy), Shiota's acclaimed coming-of-age drama is available now to stream through December 23 at film.japansociety.org!

JAPAN CUTS ends today!

Today's the final day of this year's JAPAN CUTS! Films are still available to rent (with a 3-day watch window) through midnight at film.japansociety.org! Thank you all for watching and we hope that you've enjoyed this year's festival!

JAPAN CUTS 2021 kicks off today!

All 33 films in our JAPAN CUTS virtual lineup are now available to stream at film.japansociety.org! We'll also be kicking off the festival later today with in-person screenings! In-person tickets on sale here!

Recent reviews

Descended from a long lineage of Buddhist priests, young punk rocker Yohei (Masahiro Motoki) finds himself obligated to carry on the family name—shaving his (already half-shaven) head, bidding adieu to girlfriend Masoho (Honami Suzuki) and trading in his mod suits for monastic robes—as he reluctantly joins a Zen temple to train as a novitiate for one year. Relocating to a remote mountainside temple where the day-to-day activities include a range of ascetic practices, rites and observances, Yohei’s outward rejection of…

New York Premiere. The final film by Nobuhiko Obayashi finds the late director returning to the subject of Japan’s history of warfare following the completion of his “War Trilogy,” which ended with Hanagatami (JC 2018). On the last night of its existence, a small movie theater in Onomichi—the seaside town of Obayashi’s youth where he shot nearly a dozen films—screens an all-night marathon of Japanese war films. When lightning strikes the theater, three young men are transported into the world…

International Premiere. Amid a power struggle within major publishing company Kunpu, cocky industry operator Akira (Yo Oizumi) gets assigned to lead its failing culture magazine Trinity as editor-in-chief. Enlisting the help of earnest rookie editor Megumi (Mayu Matsuoka), Akira attempts to revitalize Trinity by securing the commitment of a celebrated author, breaking out new literary talent and taking risks—all of which are backed by a new CEO (Koichi Sato) who has his own ideas about Kunpu’s future. Meanwhile, Megumi tries…

U.S. Premiere. In cult director Takashi Miike’s long-awaited return to the phantasmagorical realm of yokai, a vengeful mass of sea spirits arise in the Nagano region of Japan and transform into Yokaiju, a destructive force of nature that leaves nothing but calamity and devastation in its wake. Hoping to prevent the unstoppable Yokaiju from reaching Tokyo (and thus breaking a spiritual barrier that staves off the revival of a nameless evil), the yokai summon the long-forgotten descendent of legendary samurai…

Liked reviews

Masayuki Suo takes on silent films as the subject for his new movie. Not the films themselves, but the theaters they were shown in, and more specifically the benshi — orators who narrated and provided voices for the films as they were shown. 

The story is of a young boy who forms a bond with a girl over their love of movies, and their dreams to be an actress and a benshi, despite being poor. Skip ahead 10 years after…

Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) won the Silver Lion (Best Director) at the Venice Film Festival for this riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchockian thriller shot in stunning 8K. The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi, Kill Bill) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things…

The most amazing sports cinematography I've ever seen. Sound design is fantastic as well! Ichikawa actually makes baseball interesting.

Notes later.