JAPAN CUTS is a diverse selection of the most notable recent films from Japan, giving New Yorkers a first look at blockbusters and cinematic landmarks from cutting-edge independents to highly innovative animations. In its third year, JAPAN CUTS is the only large-scale annual Japanese film festival in North America that brings a sizable slice of Japan's contemporary film scene to New York City. The program is replete with exclusive Q&As with filmmakers, special events and more.

Films screened between July 1-5 are co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, America's leading festival of popular Asian Cinema.

Film List


20th Century Boys: Chapter One

Dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi
NY Premiere

20th Century Boys: Chapter Two
--The Last Hope

Dir. Yukihiko Tsutsumi
NY Premiere

Achilles and the Tortoise

Dir.Takeshi Kitano
NY Premiere

Ain’t No Tomorrows

Dir. Yuki Tanada
North American Premiere

All Around Us

Dir. Ryosuke Hashiguchi
NY Premiere

Be Sure to Share

Dir. Sion Sono
World Premiere
Q&A with director Sion Sono and actor Eiji Okuda!

Buy a Suit

Dir. Jun Ichikawa
U.S. Premiere
Followed by a conversation with Momoko Mieda, a star of the film and the late director Ichikawa's personal friend.

Confessions of a Dog

Dir. Gen Takahashi
International Premiere
Q&A with director Gen Takahashi!

Crime or Punishment?!?

Dir. Keralino Sandorovich
International Premiere
Opening Film

Cyborg She

Dir. Kwak Jae Yong
NY Premiere
Post-screening Cyborg Party!

Fish Story

Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura
North American Premiere


Dir. Eriko Kitagawa
International Premiere
Closing Film

Love Exposure

Dir. Sion Sono
NY Premiere
Q&A with director Sion Sono and post-screening Exposure Party!

The Magic Hour

Dir. Koki Mitani
NY Premiere


Dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
NY Premiere
Q&A with director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri!


Dir. Shusuke Kaneko
North American Premiere

UrumaDelvi Collected Shorts

Dir. UrumaDelvi
Q&A  and animation-making demonstration with artist UrumaDelvi!


Dir. Hajime Kadoi
NY Premiere

This year's JAPAN CUTS festival trailer is created by UrumaDelvi!

JAPAN CUTS is funded by grants from The Japan Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Additional support is provided by               

Transportation assistance is provided by  

Media sponsorship is provided by  

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Japan Society’s 2009-2010 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, Joshua S. Levine and Nozomi Terao.

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