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August 20-September 2

North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema returns for its 15th edition as an online and in-person hybrid event! Following last year’s entirely online edition, this summer’s festival again offers 14 days of unique access to the best new films from Japan—including studio films, independent gems, documentaries, shorts, avant-garde works and more—for audiences across the United States through Japan Society’s virtual cinema. Additionally, JAPAN CUTS is thrilled to welcome back New York City festival goers to Japan Society’s auditorium for an exciting and diverse selection of Japanese cinema on the big screen.

Organized by K. F. Watanabe, Alexander Fee and Joel Neville Anderson.


Feature Slate

Feature Slate Bundle
6 films
Come and Go
2h 38m Drama, Comedy 2020
Company Retreat
2h 15m Drama, Based on a True Story 2021
The Goldfish: Dreaming of the Sea
1h 16m Drama, Coming of Age 2021
It's a Summer Film!
1h 37m Comedy, Coming of Age 2020
1h 56m Comedy, Drama 2021
Wife of a Spy
1h 55m Drama, Thriller 2020
Wonderful Paradise
1h 35m Comedy 2020

Next Generation

Next Generation Bundle
6 films
1h 17m Drama, Fantasy 2020
Mari and Mari
1h 31m Drama 2021
My Sorry Life
1h 35m Drama, LGBTQ 2021
Sasaki in My Mind
1h 58m Drama 2020
Spaghetti Code Love
1h 36m Drama 2021
Town Without Sea
1h 45m Drama, Coming of Age 2020


Classics Bundle
3 films
Hiruko the Goblin
1h 29m Horror, Comedy 1991
Robinson's Garden
1h 59m Drama, Comedy 1988
To Sleep So as to Dream
1h 20m Drama, Silent 1986

Documentary Focus

Documentary Focus Bundle
3 films
No Smoking
1h 36m Documentary, Music 2019
1h 27m Documentary, Human Rights 2021
Why You Can’t Be Prime Minister
1h 59m Documentary, Politics 2020

Experimental Spotlight

Experimental Spotlight Bundle
2 films
The Blue Danube
1h 45m Experimental, War 2021
Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions
1h 21m Experimental, Documentary 2021

Shorts Showcase

Shorts Showcase Bundle
12 films
Narrative Shorts Bundle
4 films
Experimental Shorts Bundle
8 films
Among Four of Us
20m Short 2021
Born Pisces
30m Short, Drama 2020
Go Seppuku Yourselves
26m Short, Drama 2021
29m Short, Experimental 2021
In a Mere Metamorphosis
9m Short, Experimental 2020
June 4, 2020
4m Short, Experimental 2021
Leo's Return
27m Short, Drama 2021
Night Snorkeling
13m Short, Experimental 2021
7m Short, Experimental 2021
Reflective Notes (Reconfiguration)
7m Short, Experimental 2021
School Radio to Major Tom
10m Short, Experimental 2021
15m Short, Experimental 2021

In-Person Screenings at Japan Society

The Great Yokai War: Guardians
It's a Summer Film!
Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction
Labyrinth of Cinema
The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai
Talking the Pictures
Wife of a Spy (Centerpiece Presentation)

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