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Japan Society Presents Virtual Japanese Cinema Screenings

Japan Society Film screens a diverse selection of classic and contemporary Japanese cinema throughout the year — including retrospectives of seminal directors, thematic series, and special screenings of international, U.S. and NY premieres — and organizes JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of its kind in North America.


  • Three: Documentary filmmaker Tokachi Tsuchiya follows a moving company employee who takes action to change his illegal and humiliating conditions at work.
  • An Ant Strikes Back: A mesmerizing documentary that reveals the pivotal role Japanese artists of the Edo era played in setting the stage for the “modern art” movement in the West.
  • Tomoyasu Murata: Stop Motion Master: Two decades of boundary-breaking stop motion animated films from one of Japan’s most prolific independent animation artists, Tomoyasu Murata.
  • Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams: On the 100th anniversary of the popular national high school baseball championship, documentary filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki follows two promising teams as they undergo rigorous training.
  • Touching the Skin of Eeriness: In this moody and mystery-laden drama, two young men practice a unique form of modern dance while a tragedy slowly builds in their small riverside town.
  • Passion: Hamaguchi’s debut feature film, made while he was still a film student, follows the entangled relationships of a group of friends who struggle to address their individual desires.