JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film 2017

July 13-23, 2017

Now in its 11th year, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese cinema returns to serve up a slice of the best and boldest titles from Japan never before seen in NYC with special guest filmmakers and stars, post-screening Q&As, parties and much more. Boasting a thrilling slate of epic blockbusters, shoestring independents, radical documentaries, mind-bending avant-garde, newly-restored classics, and breathtaking animation, JAPAN CUTS 2017 promises a bounty of cinematic discoveries for film fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike.

Check back for announcements and updated information! In the meantime, be sure to catch a special screening of Flying Colors, winner of the inaugural JAPAN CUTS Audience Award.

"Pound for pound one of the most consistently rewarding film festivals on the planet, JAPAN CUTS grows more vital with every passing year... One of the city’s major annual events" —Indiewire

"Celebrated for its high standards and its ecletic slate." —Film Journal International

Announced Titles

East Coast Premiere

Over the Fence

The latest by Nobuhiro Yamashita (Linda Linda Linda) is a moving drama about two lost souls struggling to overcome their personal traumas and insecurities in order to find each other. Starring Joe Odagiri, who will join the screening to receive the CUT Above Award for Outstanding Performance in Film.

East Coast Premiere


Festival favorite Sion Sono puts a subversive twist on the Roman Porno genre with an ambitious film about the deconstruction of art, celebrity and ego.

New York Premiere


Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s first French-language film is a gothic horror fantasy about a photographer's assistant pulled into a supernatural obsession with a 19th century photography technique.
North American Premiere

Neko Atsume House

A live-action adaptation of the wildly popular cat-collecting game. A struggling novelist takes a house in the countryside to find inspiration, but the neighboring cats find him first.

East Coast Premiere

Resistance at Tule Lake

A documentary by Konrad Aderer about the 12,000 Japanese Americans labeled “disloyal” who dared to resist the U.S. government’s program of mass incarceration at Tule Lake Segregation Center during WWII.

Images: Over the Fence © 2016 “Over the Fence” Production Committee; ANTI-PORNO © 2016 NIKKATSU; Daguerrotype © 2016 Celluloid Dreams; Neko Atsume House © 2017 Hit-Point/"Neko Atsume House" Production Committee.

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