The Making of a Japanese

Followed by Director Q&A

July 21, 2024
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『小学校~それは小さな社会~』
The Making of a Japanese

North American Premiere – Featuring Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki In-Person. Shot over the course of a single scholastic year, Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s The Making of a Japanese concerns itself with the formative qualities and values instilled by the country’s education system. Documenting first and sixth grade students in Tokyo suburb Tsukado, one of Japan’s largest public elementary schools, this rare snapshot into the country’s schools is full of revelations as it courses from one spring to the next. Following the lives of both teachers and students, and their subsequent development as individuals as well as their struggles, Yamazaki’s intimate eye captures what it means to learn and become a member of Japanese society. 

Dir. Ema Ryan Yamazaki, 2023, 99 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles.

Part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film 2024
July 10—21, 2024

JAPAN CUTS is the largest showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America and an annual highlight of New York’s cinema scene.



Image: © Cineric Creative.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Anime NYC and Yen Press. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family and Friends of Film. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the official Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film. Housing assistance is provided by the Prince Kitano New York, the official hotel sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Sunday, July 21, 2024
  • 6:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $24 Nonmembers
  • $17 Members
  • $22 Seniors/Students
  • $22 Person with Disability

Inclusive of fees, where applicable.