Spurred on by the success of the 1970 Donald Richie-curated MoMA retrospective The Japanese Film: 1896-1969, Japan Society committed to making film one of its key programs in the early seventies—quickly becoming the premier venue for the exhibition of new Japanese cinema as well as career-spanning retrospectives on seminal directors and actors. In 1979, Japan Society established the Japan Film Center, formalizing film as a full-fledged, year-round program aimed at cultivating a deep appreciation and understanding of Japanese film culture among American audiences. Over the years, Japan Society Film has hosted numerous high-profile premieres and programs that include visits from Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune, Hideko Takamine, and Nobuhiko Obayashi. In 2007, Japan Society Film launched JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of its kind in North America. Follow Japan Society Film on Letterboxd, Twitter and Instagram for Japanese cinema content and news about upcoming screenings.
JAPAN CUTS Returns!
July 26—August 6, 2023
Japan Society is proud to announce the return of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America and an annual highlight of New York’s cinema scene. From July 26-August 6, this year’s JAPAN CUTS will present over 25 films. Full details and tickets coming in June. Japan Society members receive first access to JAPAN CUTS tickets. Join now for access to our exclusive member pre-sale.
Destroy All Monsters – 55th Anniversary Screening
May 23, 2023, 7 pm ET
Japan Society and Escape From Tribeca, the Tribeca Festival’s official psychotronic sidebar, are pleased to present a special 55th anniversary screening of the 1968 Toho tokusatsu classic Destroy All Monsters. One of the Showa era’s biggest Godzilla spectacles and featuring an all-star cast including Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Anguirus, Varan, Baradon and King Ghidorah—Japan Society and Tribeca are bringing the best of Japan’s monsters to NYC!
This special screening and reception is co-presented with Escape from Tribeca.
Rites of Passage: The Films of Shinji Somai is supported, in part, by a generous gift from The Globus Family.
Special Thanks to Bret Berg (AGFA); Ed McCarry (Cinema Guild); Miki Zeze (Kadokawa); Alo Joekalda (The National Film Archive of Japan); Mami Furukawa and Umi Yamamoto (Nikkatsu); Aya Takagawa (Shochiku).
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, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.
Top Image: © Daphne Youree.