Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (ACA) in collaboration with the IFC Center and Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) is proud to present New Films From Japan, introducing US audiences to the best of recent Japanese cinema with screenings of Yujiro Harumoto’s A Balance and Keisuke Yoshida’s Blue. As the third installment in the ACA Cinema Project series, these films are on view at IFC Center in New York City from March 11 to 17, 2022.

Keisuke Yoshida’s Blue is a gripping drama about boxing that stars Kenichi Matsuyama and Masahiro Higashide, appearing on-screen together for the first time since Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow. Yoshida was the subject of a special Director in Focus program at 2021’s Tokyo International Film Festival, where he was honored as “The Master of Psychological Drama.”

Blue is an idyllic love letter to the world of combative sports. A wonderfully crafted drama with strong performances.” —Asian Movie Pulse

The winner of the New Current Award at the Busan International Film Festival and an official selection at Berlinale, Yujiro Harumoto’s second feature film, A Balance, stars Kumi Takiuchi as a documentary director reporting on the true-life scandal of a student-teacher relationship with fraught societal consequences.

“Revealing… a bracingly unsentimental picture which asks knotty questions about the relationship between the media and the subjects at which it points its cameras.” —Screen International

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