Festival of Contemporary
Japanese Cinema

July 1 – 16, 2010

We are back!

Zero Focus
is one of more than 20 films being screened at JAPAN CUTS, Japan Society’s cutting-edge contemporary Japanese film festival.

Offering you the roughest, the sharpest... and the smoothest of today’s cutting-edge film scene!

JAPAN CUTS returns with the only large-scale Japanese film festival in North America, offering U.S. and NY premieres of the latest and best in Japanese cinema. In its fourth consecutive year, the summer festival will screen over 20 titles (the most ever!), including co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival (July 1-4) and a special selection of films from the last decade (Best of Unreleased Naughties!) which have not been treated to U.S. release.

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2010 Festival Lineup


About Her Brother

Directed by Yoji Yamada
North American Premiere


Accidental Kidnapper

Directed by Hideo Sakaki
New York Premiere


Alien vs. Ninja

Directed by Seiji Chiba
World Premiere

Bare Essence of Life:
Ultra Miracle Love Story

Directed by Satoko Yokohama
New York Premiere

Blood of Rebirth

Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda
New York Premiere

Boys on the Run

Directed by Daisuke Miura
North American Premiere


Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima
U.S. Premiere

Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World

Directed by Isao Yukisada
New York Premiere

Dear Doctor

Directed by Miwa Nishikawa
New York Premiere

Electric Button
(Moon & Cherry)

Directed by Yuki Tanada
U.S. Premiere

The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
North American Premiere

Golden Slumber

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura
New York Premiere

Hanging Garden

Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda

King of Thorn

Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama
North American Premiere

Memories of Matsuko

(Kiraware Matsuko no issho)
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima

Mutant Girls Squad

戦闘少女 血の鉄仮面伝説
Directed by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tak Sakaguchi
International Premiere

Nightmare Detective 2

Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto
U.S Premiere

Oh, My Buddha!

Directed by Tomorowo Taguchi
New York Premiere

One Million Yen Girl

Directed by Yuki Tanada
U.S. Premiere


Directed by Isao Yukisada
New York Premiere

Sawako Decides

Directed by Yuya Ishii
North American Premiere

Sweet Little Lies

ス イートリトルライズ
Directed by Hitoshi Yazaki
U.S. Premiere

Villon's Wife

ヴィヨンの妻 〜桜桃とタンポポ〜
Directed by Kichitaro Negishi
New York Premiere

Zero Focus

Directed by Isshin Inudou
U.S. Premiere


*Director or actor introduction and/or Q&A!

Thursday, July 1st

Sawako Decides (112 min.), 6:45 pm
Confessions (106 min.), 9 pm

Friday, July 2nd

Golden Slumber (139 min.), 6:15 pm
Blood of Rebirth* (83 min.), 9 pm

Saturday, July 3rd

Dear Doctor (127 min.), 1 pm
Blood of Rebirth* (83 min.), 3:45 pm
Alien vs. Ninja (81 min.), 6 pm
Mutant Girls Squad* (85 min.), 8:30 pm

Sunday, July 4th

Boys on the Run (114 min.), 12 pm
Confessions (106 min.), 2 pm
Dear Doctor (127 min.), 4:15 pm

Tuesday, July 6th

The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker (110 min.), 6:15 pm
Hanging Garden* (114 min.), 8:30 pm

Wednesday, July 7th

Electric Button (Moon and Cherry) (82 min.), 6:30 pm
Bare Essence of Life: Ultra Miracle Love Story (120 min.), 8:30 pm

Thursday, July 8th

Accidental Kidnapper (111 min.), 6:15 pm
One Million Yen Girl (121 min.), 8:30 pm

Friday, July 9th

Zero Focus (130 min.), 6:30 pm
Parade* (118 min.), 9 pm

Saturday, July 10th

Parade* (118 min.), 12 pm
Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World* (138 min.), 3 pm
Oh, My Buddha!* (114 min.), 6 pm

Sunday, July 11th

King of Thorn (110 min.), 6 pm

Tuesday, July 13th

Oh, My Buddha!* (114 min.), 6:15 pm

Wednesday, July 14th

Villon's Wife (114 min.), 6:30 pm
Nightmare Detective II (102 min.), 9 pm

Thursday, July 15th

Memories of Matsuko (130 min.), 6:15 pm
Zero Focus (130 min.), 9 pm

Friday, July 16th

About Her Brother (126 min.), 6:15 pm
Sweet Little Lies* (117 min.), 8:30 pm

JAPAN CUTS is co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival.

This series is funded by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Additional support is provided by Sapporo USA, Inc. and UNIQLO.


Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines.

Media sponsorship is provided by WNYC.

Japan Society’s 2010-2011 Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional support is provided by The Globus Family, Yoshiko and Tim Schilt, David S. Howe, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Randall I. Stempler, and Elaine Sheng and Samuel Jamier.

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