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Monthly Classics

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

Tickets: $15 / $5 members



Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm

Imported 35mm Print! The penultimate film from Hiroshi Teshigahara, Rikyu is a resplendent and meditative film of ritual, tradition and ceremony that chronicles the late years of 16th-century tea master Sen no Rikyu.

Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1989, 120 min, 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Rentaro Mikuni, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yoshiko Mita.

Past Screenings



Friday, October 7 at 7 pm

Hideo Nakata’s J-Horror classic follows a reporter as she investigates a cursed videotape that kills anyone seven days after viewing it.

1998. 96 min. Directed by Hideo Nakata.



Friday, September 2 at 7pm

35mm Presentation. Kihachi Okamoto’s darkly satirical chambara follow two swordsmen who find themselves embroiled in a local assassination plot.

1968. 114 min. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. 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.