Japan Cuts 2012

The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

July 12-28, 2012

"North America's premiere showcase for Japanese film" (Firefox News), JAPAN CUTS is an inimitable platform for contemporary Japanese cinema, showing the diversity and vitality of one of the most exciting world cinemas, and ranging from refined, high-concept art house titles to popular and grindhouse genre movies. In its sixth consecutive year, JAPAN CUTS 2012 includes close to 40 titles screening from July 12 to 28, with 12 co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF, 11th edition), with which it forms a winning summer fest combination that shows 100 films annually.  As its centerpiece, this year’s edition of the festival will highlight the career of living Japanese film legend Koji Yakusho.

Films screened between July 12-15 are co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema.


Focus on Koji Yakusho

Anime from Hell

    • Asura


      Thursday, July 12, 2012
    • Gyo


      Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Atrocity Exhibition

Tribute to Yoshio Harada

    • 9 Souls

      9 Souls

      Thursday, July 19, 2012

Focus on Post 3.11 Cinema

We Are All Radioactive (Bokura wa Minna Houshanou)
A series of short films screened before each Post 3.11 Cinema feature
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$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Special Ticket Prices:
Saturday, July 14 Love Strikes! $25/$20 Japan Society members
Friday, July 20 The Woodsman and the Rain $35/$25

Special Offers:
Purchase more than 5 tickets for at least 5 different films and receive $2 off of each ticket! Special offer available only at Japan Society Box Office or by telephone at (212) 715-1258. Offer not available online.

JAPAN CUTS 2012 film passes: $315/$210 Japan Society members, seniors & students.
Passes are not valid for the July 14 screening of Love Strikes! and the July 20 screening of The Woodsman and the Rain. The offer is available only at Japan Society Box Office or by telephone at (212)715-1258. Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of start time to ensure availability of seating.

Ticket handling fee: Online: $1.50 per ticket; $3.50 per ticket for the 7:15pm screening on July 14 and 7pm screening on July 20; $6.50 per pass. Phone: $3 per order (regardless of number of tickets). In person: no fee. Member ID number required for member ticket purchase. Member may order up to 2 tickets at members' price per event, unless otherwise noted. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Programs are subject to change.

Box Office: Monday-Friday, 11 am-6 pm, 333 East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave., (212) 715-1258

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

This series is funded by a grant from The Japan Foundation.

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


Sony SRW-5800 HDCAM-SR Studio VTR is provided courtesy of Sony Electronics Inc.

Additional funding is provided by The Globus Family.

Transportation is generously supported by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese Airlines sponsor of Film Programs at Japan Society.

Additional transportation is generously supported by United Airlines.

Hotel accommodations are provided by The Kitano New York.

Media sponsorship is provided by WNYC.

Japan Society's 2012-2013 Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Kenneth A. Cowin, David S. Howe, Omar Al-Farisi, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Catanzaro, Laurel Gonsalves, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, and Randall I. Stempler.

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