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JAPAN CUTS Film Festival
July 17 - July 19Price varies
JAPAN CUTS, North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, returns for its unprecedented 14th edition as an entirely online experience. Featuring a diverse slate of 30 feature films and 12 shorts—including studio blockbusters, independent productions, documentaries, restored classics, animation and avant-garde works—JAPAN CUTS 2020 offers unique access to the best new films from Japan with filmmaker video introductions, live virtual Q&As and panel discussions.
For the first time ever, JAPAN CUTS is expanding its reach beyond New York to audiences across the entire United States, maintaining the festival’s sense of community and dedication to intercultural communication.
Festivities kick off July 17 with a live virtual Q&A with Shinichiro Ueda, director of JAPAN CUTS 2020 Opening Film selection SPECIAL ACTORS, the much-anticipated follow-up feature to Ueda’s breakout 2017 indie debut film ONE CUT OF THE DEAD.
The festival’s Centerpiece Presentation is the online premiere of FUKUSHIMA 50, a blockbuster drama that details the heroic actions of workers at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant who stayed behind to avert a catastrophe of global magnitude. The film’s two commanding leads, Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe, are the dual recipients of this year’s CUT ABOVE Award, the festival’s annual award recognizing outstanding achievement in Japanese cinema.
In addition, JAPAN CUTS 2020 celebrates the legacy of trailblazing filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi, who passed away in April this year at the age of 82, with a screening of his anti-war film Labyrinth of Cinema, and the documentary Seijo Story – 60 Years of Making Films, which chronicles the filmmaker’s long personal and professional partnership with his wife and producer Kyoko Obayashi.
Learn more about JAPAN CUTS here.