Talking the Pictures

August 20, 2021 4:00 pm
August 28, 2021 1:00 pm


In-Person Screening

Friday, August 20, 4 PM
Saturday, August 28, 1 PM

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2021

“ [A] joyously entertaining, inventively plotted, beautifully shot farce.” 

New York Premiere. The latest film by celebrated director Masayuki Suo (Shall We Dance?) is set in the last days of Japan’s silent movie era, when the real stars were not the actors on screen but live narrators known as benshi who dictated the action, voiced characters and transported audiences into the world of moving images. Hiding from the law in a small town cinema after a burglary gone wrong, lifelong cinephile Shuntaro (Ryo Narita) seeks to change his ways and fulfill his childhood dream of being a star benshi—but before long, a cocky rival performer, a gang of criminals and a relentless detective threaten to undo everything. Filled with charming period details and visual gags, Talking the Pictures is a genuine love letter to Japan’s golden age of silent cinema and a tribute to the magic of moviegoing.

  • Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2019

Dir. Masayuki Suo, 2019, 127 min.

Tickets: $15 / $10 members

Image: © 2019 “Talking the Pictures” Production Committee.

JAPAN CUTS is sponsored by Shiseido Americas.


Additional support is provided by Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.


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 the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Masako H. Shinn, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, and Masu Hiroshi Masuyama. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.


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