About JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film

“New York’s premier Japanese cinema event.” 
The Wall Street Journal
“Meticulously curated… An annual highlight of New York’s film calendar”
The New York Times
“No other film showcase on Earth can compete with its culture-specific authority—or the quality of its titles.”
Time Out New York
“This is the wildest annual NYC film festival, which reflects Japan Society’s commitment to the rollicking no-holds-barred nature of the country’s film culture.”
New York Magazine
“Pound-for-pound one of the most consistently rewarding film festivals on the planet.”

Emphasizing the diversity and vitality of one of the most exciting world cinemas, JAPAN CUTS gives cinephiles their first (and sometimes only) chance to discover the next waves of filmmaking from Japan. Founded in 2007, the festival presents the biggest Japanese blockbusters, raucous genre flicks, peerless independents, arthouse gems, radical documentaries, and avant-garde forms, along with unique collaborative programs, workshops, and panels put together with the cooperation of other international organizations. Special guest actors and filmmakers join the festivities for Q&As, award ceremonies, and the post-screening parties and receptions audiences have come to expect, with live music, food, and drinks. 2020 is the first year that JAPAN CUTS will not be physically hosted at Japan Society since its inception.

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