Now in its 12th year, JAPAN CUTS continues to grow as the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America. Bringing a wide range of the best and hardest-to-see films made in and around Japan today — from blockbusters, independent productions and anime, to documentaries, avant-garde works, short films, and new restorations — JAPAN CUTS is the place to experience Japan’s dynamic film culture in New York City. Every year, this thrilling 10-day festival offers exclusive premieres, special guest filmmakers and stars, fun-filled parties, live music and more!

"Meticulously curated… An annual highlight of New York’s film calendar.” —The New York Times

"This is the wildest annual NYC film festival, which reflects the Japan Society’s commitment to the rollicking, no-holds-barred nature of the country’s film culture." —New York Magazine

"More than just the biggest North American festival of Japanese film, it’s an expansive glimpse into Japan’s national consciousness" —The Observer

Programmers' Introduction

Read an introduction to the festival by JAPAN CUTS 2018 programmers.

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This Year's Special Guests

Takumi Saitoh, Kirin Kiki, and Nao Yoshigai are among the many guest directors, stars and more joining us this year.

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Special Offers

3-FILM PASS: Purchase tickets for at least 3 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket! Offer not valid for the July 19 screening of Ramen Shop or the July 26 screening of Mori, The Artist’s Habitat. (Online orders: The discount will be automatically applied to your cart.)


FREE SHORT FILMS: Between screenings, check out short films by up-and-coming Japanese filmmakers from New Directions in Japanese Cinema (ndjc), screening on loop throughout the day in Japan Society’s Murase Room.

Film Descriptions and Schedule in Japanese (PDF) // 上映会スケジュールと作品情報(日本語PDF)

Full Schedule

Thursday, July 19

    • Ramen Shop

      Ramen Shop

      Thursday, July 19, 2018
      Sold Out

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, July 22

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Thursday, July 26

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

Sunday, July 29

Sponsorship is generously provided by Sapporo U.S.A., Inc.

Additional support is provided by The Globus Family, Masu Hiroshi Masuyama, and The Japan Foundation, New York.


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

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, Geoff Matters, David S. Howe, Dr. Tatsuji Namba, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, Laurel Gonsalves, and Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide.

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