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Monthly Classics

January 21 - July 8

Year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema, presented in-theater at Japan Society.

Tickets: $15 / $5 members


Upcoming Screenings


Good Morning

Good Morning
1959. 94 min. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu.

35mm Presentation. Yasujiro Ozu’s late 50s re-working of I Was Born But… is a delightful comedy of manners, spurred on by an adolescent’s disdain for the pleasantries and proclivities of suburban Tokyo.

Friday, June 3 at 7 pm
DRAMA

Kagemusha

Kagemusha
1980. 160 min. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.

35mm Presentation. A majestic chronicle of a petty thief given another chance at life to serve as a double for an aging warlord, Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece erupts into a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions—relaying a fable of fealty, duty and power against a backdrop of feudal Japan.

Friday, June 10 at 7 pm
PERIOD FILM, DRAMA

Kagemusha

Mothra
1961. 101 min. Directed by Ishiro Honda.

35mm Presentation. A scientific expedition ventures into a radiation-laden island in Ishiro Honda’s 1961 tokusatsu classic featuring Toho’s most popular kaiju monster after Godzilla.

Friday, July 8 at 7 pm
SCI-FI, DRAMA


Past Screenings

Kagemusha Kagemusha
1980. 160 min. Directed by Akira Kurosawa.

35mm Presentation. A majestic chronicle of a petty thief given another chance at life to serve as a double for an aging warlord, Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece erupts into a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions—relaying a fable of fealty, duty and power against a backdrop of feudal Japan.

Friday, January 21 at 7 pm

PERIOD FILM, DRAMA

Harakiri Harakiri
1962. 134 min. Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

60th Anniversary—35mm Presentation. In 18th century Edo, a masterless samurai wanders into the virtuous House of Iyi, asking to commit ritual seppuku (suicide) in Masaki Kobayashi’s slow-burn rebuke of authority and the bushido code.

Friday, February 4 at 7 pm

PERIOD FILM, DRAMA

Female Prisoner Scorpion Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
1972. 90 min. Directed by Shunya Ito.

50th Anniversary—Rare 35mm Presentation. 70s icon Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) stars as the fierce Sasori (Scorpion), a fearless convict that embarks on a daring prison escape with an uncouth band of female inmates.

Friday, March 4 at 7 pm

DRAMA, CULT FILM

Hanabi Hana-bi
1997. 103 min. Directed by Takeshi Kitano.

25th Anniversary—Rare 35mm Presentation. Beset by crippling tragedies at home and work, a depressed and retired police detective (Takeshi Kitano) resolves to rectify his situation and the lives of those around him by resorting to illicit means.

Friday, April 1 at 7 pm

DRAMA, CULT FILM

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Shiseido Americas and The Ford Foundation. Japan Society 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, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, David Toberisky, 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.

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