Film


JAPAN CUTS 2016 MICROCINEMA

New Directions in Japanese Cinema (NDJC)

An outstanding program supporting the development of a vibrant film culture in Japan, New Directions in Japanese Cinema (NDJC) gives up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to produce a professional quality thirty minute short, shot on 35mm film. This year, in recognition of their recent 10th anniversary, JAPAN CUTS offers a selection 10 highlights from 2006-2015.

The JAPAN CUTS Microcinema is installed in the Murase Room on the first floor of Japan Society. Microcinema will begin screening on July 14 at 11 AM, and will run throughout the festival; drop by while waiting for your film to start or in between screenings! All films are 30 minutes in length, projected in digital video in Japanese with English subtitles.
   


FEATURED SHORTS:


   
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
Hana, Kujira, Chichi

2015. Directed by Takahiro Horie. With Mei Kurokawa, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Atom Shukugawa.

A pro wrestler trains to slug her deadbeat dad, but when she finds him he claims amnesia.

   
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
ENDROLLERS

2014. Directed by Kohei Yoshino. With Takahiro Miura, Denden, Masahiro Hisano.

An aging man makes increasingly preposterous demands to Nakamoto who is still new to his job as a funeral coordinator.

   
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Buy Bling, Get One Free

2013. Directed by Kosuke Takaya. With Wataru Kora, Takashika Kobayashi, Rumi Hiragi.

A satirical comedy that pokes fun at the fashion-obsessed. Think Harajuku meets Zoolander.

   
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Turning Tides

2012. Directed by Teruaki Shoji. With Hanae Kan, Ryoya Shinoda, Tomomitsu Adachi.

Two unlikely friends reject pressures of the cynical adult world and explore fantasies of renewal.

   
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
I AM HERE

2011. Directed by Yukihisa Shichiji. With Reina Aoi, Anna Aoi, Hajime Inoue

Twins Manami and Misora could always feel each other’s presence no matter how far apart they are. Until one day, when Misora suddenly disappears...




   
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Boys

2010. Directed by Daishi Matsunaga. With Naoya Shimizu,Takuya Yoshihara, Chika Uchida.

A tenderly brutal portrayal of two high school boys bullied at school and their struggle to reach out for human connection. Director of Pieta in the Toilet (JAPAN CUTS 2015).

   
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
HOLE IN WONDERLAND

2009. Directed by Nao Shimizu. With Yurine Hanada, Shunsuke Sawada, Hiromi Miyagawa.

A sweet childhood story approaching robot toys and the rituals of death.

   
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A LYING WOMAN'S DAYBREAK

2008. Directed by Madoka Kumagai. With Yuko Miyamoto, Reiko Sato, Ryosuke Watabe.

Yuriko’s languid life as a piano teacher is suddenly disrupted by the curse of being labeled a “cheating bitch.”

   
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
SEISMIC GIRL

2007. Directed by Kenta Tatenai. With Satoshi Yamanaka, Aoba Kawai, Noriko Eguchi.

Men are weak but earthquakes are strong in this love triangle comedy involving a catfish.

   
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
LINE

2006. Directed by Hiroyuki Nakao. With Eri Fuse, Ryuhei Ueshima, Masanobu Katsumura.

Hilarious comedy ensues when a middle-aged couple attempts to steal from the safe of an insurance company president.




Inset images:  Hana, Kujira, and Her Father © 2016 VIPO; Endrollers © 2015 VIPOi; Buy Bling, Get One Free © 2014 VIPO; Turning Tides © 2013 VIPO; I AM HERE © 2012 VIPO; Boys © 2011 VIPO; HOLE IN WONDERLAND © 2010 VIPO; A LYING WOMAN'S DAYBREAK © 2009 VIPO; SEISMIC GIRL © 2008 VIPO; LINE © 2007 HIROYUKI NAKAO/VIPO.

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