JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film
July 13—23, 2017

Now in its 11th year, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese cinema returns to serve up a slice of the best and boldest titles from Japan never before seen in NYC with special guest filmmakers and stars, post-screening Q&As, parties and much more. Boasting a thrilling slate of epic blockbusters, shoestring independents, radical documentaries, mind-bending avant-garde, newly-restored classics, and breathtaking animation, JAPAN CUTS 2017 promises a bounty of cinematic discoveries for film fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike. 

Opening Film:
MUMON: The Land of Stealth
Centerpiece Presentation: Over the Fence
Closing Film: In This Corner of the World

"Pound for pound one of the most consistently rewarding film festivals on the planet, JAPAN CUTS grows more vital with every passing year... One of the city’s major annual events" —IndieWire

"Celebrated for its high standards and its eclectic slate." —Film Journal International


"This eleventh edition of JAPAN CUTS reveals a cinema contending with crisis and breaking boundaries of form and content, complicating traditional gender roles and sexuality, addressing traumas of war and racism, uncovering buried histories and revealing the potential for social resistance. . ."  Read More →

Joe Odagiri, Hanae Kan, and Yoshihiro Nakamura are among the many guest directors, stars and more joining us this year.

Read Guest Bios


Five-Film Pass: Purchase tickets for at least 5 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket (Offer not valid for July 13 screening of MUMON: The Land of Stealth or July 20 screening of Over the Fence. Online orders: The discount will be automatically applied to your cart.)

All-Access Pass: SOLD OUT


On Saturdays and Sundays, Japanese refreshments will be available for purchase by . A portion of the proceeds will benefit Japan Society.

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)

Full Schedule

Thursday, July 13

Friday, July 14

Saturday, July 15

Sunday, July 16

Tuesday, July 18

Wednesday, July 19

Thursday, July 20

Friday, July 21

Saturday, July 22

Sunday, July 23

JAPAN CUTS is subsidized by J-LOP4 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.


Sony HDW-M2100 HDCAM Studio Player 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, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, James Read Levy, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, Geoff Matters, and Michael Romano.

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