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July 17-30, 2020

North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema returns for its unprecedented 14th edition as an entirely online experience! Featuring a diverse slate of 30 features and 12 shorts—including studio blockbusters, independent productions, documentaries, restored classics, animation and avant-garde works—JAPAN CUTS 2020 offers 14 days of unique access to the best new films from Japan with filmmaker video introductions, live virtual Q&As and panel discussions for audiences across the entire United States.

Organized by K. F. Watanabe, Amber Noé and Joel Neville Anderson.


Festival Trailer
1m trailer 2020
Animated Trailer
1m Animation 2020
Launch Video
1m Filmmaker Introductions Compilation 2020
Festival Reel
1m Trailer 2020

Feature Slate

1h 29m Comedy 2020
Fukushima 50
2h 1m Suspense, Drama 2020
It Feels So Good
1h 55m Drama, Erotic 2019
Labyrinth of Cinema
2h 59m Drama, War 2019
Mrs. Noisy
1h 46m Comedy, Drama 2019
My Sweet Grappa Remedies
1h 48m Comedy, Romance 2019
On-Gaku: Our Sound
1h 11m Animation, Comedy 2020
Special Actors
1h 49m Comedy 2019
Tora-san, Wish You Were Here
1h 55m Drama, Family 2019
Voices in the Wind
2h 19m Drama 2020

Next Generation

Beyond the Night
1h 34m Indie, Drama 2019
2h 23m Indie, Drama 2019
Life: Untitled
1h 38m Indie, Drama 2019
The Murders of Oiso
1h 19m Indie, Drama 2019
My Identity
1h 3m Indie, Drama 2019
1h 39m Indie, Drama 2020
1h 16m Indie, Drama 2019


Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp (Tora-san #1)
1h 31m Comedy, Family 1969
Tora-san Meets the Songstress Again (Tora-san #15)
1h 32m Comedy, Family 1975
Tora-san, My Uncle (Tora-san #42)
1h 48m Comedy, Family 1989

Documentary Focus

1h 34m Documentary, Biography 2019
i -Documentary of the Journalist-
1h 53m Documentary, Political 2019
Prison Circle
2h 0m Documentary, Crime 2020
Reiwa Uprising - Part I
2h 8m Documentary, Political 2019
Seijo Story - 60 Years of Making Films
1h 23m Documentary, Biography 2019
Sending Off
1h 18m Documentary 2019
What Can You Do About It?
2h 0m Documentary, Biography 2019

Experimental Spotlight

1h 15m Avant-Garde, Documentary 2019
Kinta and Ginji
1h 24m Avant-Garde, Comedy 2019
Shell and Joint
2h 34m Avant-Garde, Dark Humor 2019

Shorts Showcase

Bath House of Whales
7m Short, Animation 2019
20m Short, Drama 2019
Bleached Bones Avenue
16m Short, Documentary 2020
Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat
32m Short, Avant-Garde 2020
16m Short, Avant-Garde 2019
Lost Three Make One Found
26m Short, Documentary 2019
8m Short, Documentary 2019
See You on the Other Side
24m Short, Indie 2019
The Sculpture of Place & Time
8m Short, Documentary 2019
Tokyo Girl
8m Short, Documentary 2019
Wheel Music
14m Short, Avant-Garde 2019
Wolf's Calling
17m Short, Music 2019

Free Talks and Panels

Shinya Tsukamoto On Nobuhiko Obayashi
9m Tribute 2020
Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Conversation
1h 37m Biography 2020
Collaboration and Community in Japanese Cinema During the Pandemic
1h 20m Industry 2020
New Approaches to Documentary from Japan
1h 4m Documentary 2020
Opening Night Live Q&A with Shinichiro Ueda
60m Q&A 2020
Centerpiece Presentation Live Q&A with Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe
60m Video 2020
Closing Night Live Q&A with Obayashi Prize Recipient Anshul Chauhan
60m Q&A 2020

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