Yu Aoi and Joe Odagiri in Over The Fence © 2016 “Over the Fence” Production Committee

JAPAN CUTS 2017, NY’s annual festival celebrating the best of new Japanese cinema, is back with its 11th edition scheduled from July 13 to 23. This year’s roster includes 28 feature and 6 short films, ranging across epic blockbusters, indies, documentaries, animations and restored classics. In-person access to filmmakers and stars, Q&A sessions and parties are some extra treats on offer.

Yusuke Iseya in MUMON © 2017 MUMON Film Partners

The festival opens on Thursday, July 13th, with Yoshihiro Nakamura’s MUMON: Land of the Stealth, a playful take on the period drama genre, full of fantastical ninja moves and its own sense of eccentricity. Nakamura will be available for post-screening Q&A and Opening Night Party at Japan Society’s historic theater.

After a series of International, North America, US, East Coast and NY Premieres, the festival will close with Sunao Katabuchi’s enchanting In This Corner of the World, a poignant coming-of-age story set during WWII. Screening of this Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year winner will be followed by Q&A with Taro Maki, the producer.

Joe Odagiri in FOUJITA © 2015 Foujita Production Committee. Eurowide Film Production

The versatile actor Joe Odagiri will be present to receive the CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Performance in Film, right before the screening of his film, the critically acclaimed, Over the Fence. Odagiri will also participate in a Q&A following the US Premiere of Kohei Yoguri’s FOUJITA, a film about the painter Tsuguharu Foujita.

L: Constance Rousseau, R: Tahar Rahim in Daguerrotype © FILM-IN-EVOLUTION – LES PRODUCTIONS BALTHAZAR – FRAKAS PRODUCTIONS – LFDLPA Japan Film Partners – ARTE France Cinéma

AMP fans will find much to cheer for, including films such as the current Japan box-office champion Memoirs of a Murderer, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s French language thriller Daguerrotype, the slapstick comedy thriller Shippu Rondo, and a brand new remastered version of Zigeunerweisen, the 1981 classic.

Top: Yoshio Harada, Bottom: Naoko Ohtani in Seijun Suzuki’s Zigeunerweisen


Head over to the festival website for a detailed lowdown on the exciting lineup of films, other events planned, and the ticket rates (including special passes!). You can also call 212-832-1155 for more information. Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues.