Festival of New Japanese Film
July 14–24, 2016

JAPAN CUTS AT 10: A Note from the Programmers

North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film returns for its 10th anniversary edition, offering eleven days of impossible-to-see-anywhere-else screenings of the best new movies made in and around Japan with special guest filmmakers and stars, post-screening Q&As, parties, giveaways and much more. Featuring an expansive and eclectic slate of cinematic offerings that includes crowd-pleasing blockbusters, peerless independents, arthouse gems, influential classics, radical documentaries and avant-garde animations, JAPAN CUTS 2016 promises thrilling new discoveries for film fans of all stripes. 


Opening Film: Mohican Comes Home
Centerpiece Presentation: The Shell Collector
Closing Film: The Actor


With special guests such as Lily Franky, Atsuko Maeda and Ryuichi Sakamoto, this year's festival guest list is the largest in its 10 year history, and includes directors, stars, producers and more.

Check out these 30 minute shorts from up-and-coming filmmakers in Japan. Shorts will begin playing at 11 AM on July 14 in the Murase Room, and will run throughout the festival. Free.

SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase tickets for at least 5 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket! Special offer available only at Japan Society box office or by telephone at (212) 715-1258. Offer not available online. Offer not valid for the July 14 screening of Mohican Comes Home or the July 21 screening of The Shell Collector.

Screening Schedule in Japanese (PDF) // 上映会スケジュール(日本語PDF)

Film Descriptions in Japanese (PDF) // 作品情報(日本語PDF)

Also new this year: the inaugural JAPAN CUTS Audience Award! The JAPAN CUTS Audience Award will be given to the highest rated film in the festival. Cast your vote at each screening!

Full Schedule

Thursday, July 14

Friday, July 15

Saturday, July 16

Sunday, July 17

Monday, July 18

Tuesday, July 19

Wednesday, July 20

Thursday, July 21

Friday, July 22

Saturday, July 23

Sunday, July 24

JAPAN CUTS is supported by J-LOP, funding from The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan.

Sponsorship is generously provided by UNIQLO and Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.
Additional support is provided by The Globus Family and the Japan Foundation, New York.


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

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

Additional transportation is generously supported by United Airlines.

Japan Society’s Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.
Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, Nachiketa Das, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, James Read Levy, Geoff Matters, and Dr. Tatsuji Namba.


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