July 10—21, 2024

Full Lineup

North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese film returns for its 17th year this summer at Japan Society! Join us July 10-21 for 30+ curated films from across Japan featuring major blockbusters, indie darlings, up-and-coming filmmakers, restorations, documentaries, experimental and short films, and anime. JAPAN CUTS is a showcase of the latest in Japanese cinema, featuring both today’s most popular actors and directors as well as tomorrow’s pioneering talent. Become part of our passionate filmgoer community for premieres, parties, and celebrity guests in the heart of America’s biggest city!

This year’s festival features three International Premieres, 14 North American Premieres, five U.S. Premieres, three East Coast Premieres and four New York Premieres, plus three parties during the course of the festivities!

Leading this year’s guests, JAPAN CUTS will present acclaimed actor Mirai Moriyama (Shadow of Fire) with the CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and acting legend Tatsuya Fuji (Great Absence) with a Lifetime Achievement Award! Further guests include directors Gakuryu Ishii (The Box Man), Ema Ryan Yamazaki (The Making of a Japanese), Kei Chika-ura (Great Absence), Masanori Tominaga (Between the White Key and the Black Key), Noriko Yuasa (Performing KAORU’s Funeral), Shinya Tsukamoto (Shadow of Fire), and actress Tomoko Tabata (Moving)!

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For the screening information in Japanese, visit here.

“Meticulously curated… An annual highlight of New York’s film calendar.”The New York Times

“A comprehensive snapshot of one of the world’s most exciting national cinemas—it’s the closest you can get to Japan without actually going there.”IndieWire

Admission Information & Pricing

Opening Night, Centerpiece & Lifetime Achievement: $25 Nonmembers/ $18 Members / $23 seniors & students
Screenings with Q&As: $24 Nonmembers/ $17 Member / $22 seniors & students
All Other Screenings: $20 Nonmembers / $14 Members / $18 seniors & students
Short Films: $12 Nonmembers / $5 Members / $10 seniors & students
All-Access Pass: $315 (Member-Exclusive – Sold Out!)

Prices are inclusive of fees, where applicable. All screenings take place in-person at Japan Society’s auditorium, located at 333 E. 47th Street in New York, NY.


JAPAN CUTS’ main category showcases a broad selection of contemporary Japanese cinema across vibrant genres and styles. From deep dramas and tender coming-of-age tales to action, avant garde and even kaiju, our Feature Slate is a window to the past year of Japan’s cinematic storytelling.

JAPAN CUTS’ competitive slate offers six hand-picked independent narrative features by emerging directors.

The 2024 Classics Slate celebrates three canonical works of ’80s and ’90s independent cinema. Estival in nature, these films recall the faint memories of summer—reflections of sunlight, summer storms, matsuri and hanabi.

Engaging takes on the Japanese experience with powerful documentaries across compelling topics.

Vibrant short works from Japan that explore new directions in experimental, animated and narrative film.


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All JAPAN CUTS screenings take place at the landmarked Japan Society, one block from the United Nations and minutes from Grand Central Terminal.

333 East 47th St, New York, NY 10017

JAPAN CUTS 2024 is sponsored by Sapporo-Stone Brewing and The Globus Family.

Food and beverages are generously donated by Brooklyn Kura and Glico.

Additional support is provided by Japan Village and Sunrise Mart.

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.