Japan Cuts 2017 Shorts Showcase

July 22, 2017
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A program of wildly inventive and daring narrative short films from up-and-coming and well-established filmmakers from Japan, varying in tone, style and genre. (Total running time approx. 84 min.)

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017


Birds (Working Title)
鳥 (仮) Tori (Kari)

This charming comedy by Koji Fukada (Harmonium) presents an awkward interaction between a wife, her husband and his lover that reaches an absurd climax.

2016. 8 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Koji Fukada. With Minako Inoue, Yuko Kibiki, Takenori Kaneko.


We are Shooting
戦場へ、インターン (Senjo e, Intan)

Among the most stressful and thankless work done on a film set undertaken by the production intern. It is no different for the plucky Reiko, who is reminded that “Moviemaking is a war zone!”

2017. 27 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Raita Yabushita. With Sairi Itoh, Minori Hagiwara, Tomohiro Kaku, Ryotaro Yonemura, Ken Aoki, Koji Tsukamoto.


白T (Shiro T )

Takara only wears spotless white T-shirts, but lately can’t seem to keep any of them clean. Meanwhile, he meets a mysterious contract killer and struggles with insecurities about his girlfriend.

2017. 30 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yunsu Kim. With Mihiro, Yuki Sakurai, Hannya.


Breathless Lovers
息ぎれの恋人たち (Ikigire no Koibito-Tachi)

Suffering from heartbreak and asthma, 23-year-old Toshiyuki pushes the limits of his body to chase the ghost of his recently deceased boyfriend against the black-blue backdrop of Tokyo’s cityscape.

2017. 20 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shumpei Shimizu. With Kaito Yoshimura, Fusako Urabe, Daisuke Kuroda, Atsushi Shinohara.

$14/$11 seniors & students / $10 Japan Society members

Special Offers

Five-Film Pass: Purchase tickets for at least 5 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket (Offer not valid for July 13 screening of MUMON: The Land of Stealth or July 20 screening of Over the Fence).

Box Office Policy

Birds © 2016 BIRDS; Breathless Lovers © 2017 Tokyo University of the Arts; We Are Shooting © 2017 VIPO; White-T and Feeble Things © 2017 VIPO.

  • Saturday, July 22, 2017
  • 2:15 pm