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Screening Japanese cinema from classics to contemporary premieres in NYC. Organizers of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film since 2007. Films streaming at film.japansociety.org

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Announcing Fall Monthly Classics & Monthly Anime Lineups!

Kicking off on 9/2 with Kihachi Okamoto’s Kill! on 35mm, our fall slates includes a special screening of Tekkonkinkreet with screenwriter Anthony Weintraub, Mamoru Oshii’s incredibly hard-to-see and rarely screened cult anime Angel's Egg, Hideo Nakata’s J-Horror classic Ringu, & Hayao Miyazaki’s seminal My Neighbor Totoro on 35mm!

Announcing 'Monthly Anime'!

Japan Society is pleased to announce the launch of Monthly Anime on April 15, 2022, which will launch with a screening of Mamoru Oshii’s seminal cyberpunk classic, Ghost in the Shell. Offering an eclectic range of classic, underseen, and contemporary visions from Japanese animation, Monthly Anime explores the widely influential legacy of anime. Tracing the lineage of anime from modern-day digital animation back to the days of hand-drawn cel animation, this program aims to uncover the multifaceted and remarkable variety…

Full Jan-April 'Monthly Classics' Lineup Announced!

Japan Society is pleased to announce the return of Monthly Classics on January 21, 2022, which will kick off with a 35mm screening of Akira Kurosawa’s lauded feudal epic, Kagemusha. A monthly showcase of beloved classics, hidden gems, and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema, the Monthly Classics’ January–April lineup is composed of must-see spectacles, all on celluloid, to commemorate a long-awaited return to regular film screenings in Japan Society’s auditorium.

Monthly Classics return on 1/21 with Kagemusha on 35mm!

Just Announced! Monthly Classics returns to Japan Society this month with Akira Kurosawa's lauded epic, Kagemusha—screening on 35mm on Jan. 21st! A majestic chronicle of a petty thief given another chance at life to serve as a double for an aging warlord, Kurosawa’s late-period masterpiece erupts into a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions—relaying a fable of fealty, duty and power against a backdrop of feudal Japan.

New Streaming Addition | Akihiko Shiota's Harmful Insect

We're excited to announce the addition of Akihiko Shiota's devastating Harmful Insect to our Flash Forward virtual lineup. Starring Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka) and Yu Aoi (Wife of a Spy), Shiota's acclaimed coming-of-age drama is available now to stream through December 23 at film.japansociety.org!

Recent reviews

Screening followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Anthony Weintraub. Deep in the urban sprawl of a dilapidated pan-Asian cityscape named Treasure Town, streetwise orphans Black and White spend their days pickpocketing, soaring across rooftops and fighting petty turf wars. The arrival of a yakuza faction, however, brings a new set of challenges when plans to raze the metropolis and build an amusement to replace it take hold. Widely energetic in its direction and innovative art style, Tekkonkinkreet adapts Taiyo Matsumoto’s…

Kihachi Okamoto’s darkly satirical chambara opens in the midst of a pummeling windstorm on the outskirts of a ravaged village where two swordsmen—a farmer hoping to reputable samurai and a former samurai who has taken on the yakuza life—accidentally become embroiled in a plot to assassinate the local clan leader. Exaggerated and poking fun at the genre’s oft-repeated tropes, Okamoto’s Kill! is a wickedly entertaining take on the same novel that inspired Kurosawa’s Sanjuro.

Screening on 35mm on Friday, Sept 2, 2022

25th Anniversary — 35mm Presentation!
The arrival of a diseased boar spirit, enraged and corrupted by an iron slug, leaves young warrior prince Ashitaka infected by its demon curse. With his days numbered, Ashitaka journeys westward to seek a cure for his affliction, tracing the boar’s path to the sacred forest of the Deer God, a forbidden realm belonging to an ancient forest spirit. Upon his arrival, Ashitaka stumbles into an elemental conflict between the forest’s protector San, a fearless…

When a shipwrecked crew is rescued from a Pacific island previously used for nuclear testing, word quickly spreads of its newly discovered indigenous inhabitants. Driven by scientific curiosity, a joint expedition of Japanese and Rolisicans (a portmanteau for Russia and America) venture into the island's depths, discovering a paradise of mutated species and hidden glyphs—and, among them, a pair of tiny twin fairies (played by ’60s pop duo The Peanuts). When the expedition’s leader decides to secretly kidnap the fairies,…

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At Japan Society with Michelle

35mm print 🐺🩸@ japan society

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

★★★★★

Got to see this at the Japan Society in 35mm and honestly this is the most epic film I was crying at the end for the score alone SAVE THE PLANET DUMBASS HUMANS 🌱 🦌 🥲

insanely beautiful and divine