JAPAN CUTS is a 10-day long film festival presented by Japan Society that features new contemporary Japanese cinema, ranging from indie to anime, to documentary, and beyond. Attendees engage with the rich and diverse nuances of Japanese filmmaking with over 30 film screenings. 

This year’s festival will take place from July 19th to July 29th at the Japan Society grounds (333 East 47th Street, Manhattan). 

Started in 2007, as an extension of Japan Society’s New Films from Japan film festival series, this year marks JAPAN CUTS’ 11th year running.  In its selection leans heavily on modern Japanese cinema, but the festival has also showcased older and re-released films in the past at the event.

If you aren't fluent in Japanese, don’t worry, every film will be fully subtitled in English. 

The films shown range from the obscure, and cutting edge, to big budget, mainstream titles like 2007’s Death Note and this year’s BLEACH.

This year’s showcase also includes Ramen Shop, Of Love and Law, Violence Voyager, Born Bone Born, Outrage Coda, and Amiko.

For a full list of films, check out JAPAN CUTS’s website here.


In addition to premiers and screenings, JAPAN CUTS  also hosts Q&A sessions and panels with creatives,  involved with the screened films.

Some of this year's guests include Kirin Kiki of Mori, the Artist’s Habitat; Nao Yoshigai of Across the Water, Breathing House, and Stories Floating on the Wind; Shinsuke Sato of BLEACH; Takumi Saitoh of blank 13 and Ramen Shop. For a full list of guests, please follow this link.

Attending the film festival, but don’t know which film you want to check out? Take the quiz below to help guide your visit to JAPAN CUTS! 

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