Mamoru Oshii’s Angel’s Egg is a haunting, elegiac phantasmagoria rich with allusive imagery and singular in its artistry.
Films to Watch on the 50th Anniversary of Okinawa’s Return to Japanese Rule
From 1968 to 1973, the Nihon Documentarist Union did radical documentary work in Japan. They made two films in Okinawa before, during, and after its reversion.
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing
For their 125th exhibition, Japan Society in NYC presents a rarely-seen collection of works by Shikō Munakata, including 61 prints on view for the first time since 1965.
Flash Forward: Debut Works and Recent Films by Notable Japanese Directors
Presented by Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs in association with the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO), this hybrid film series continues through December 23.
JAPAN CUTS, a Festival of New Japanese Film, Opens August 20
North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema streams online throughout the US with screenings in-person at Japan Society from August 20–September 2
The Japanese Town That’s Been Fighting Industrial Pollution for Decades
MINAMATA Mandala, the latest documentary by veteran filmmaker Kazuo Hara, captures the resilience of people left behind by their government.
50 Years of Films About Japan’s Downtrodden
Japan Society’s online retrospective Cinema of Struggle features eight movies from director Kazuo Hara and producer Sachiko Kobayashi.
The Women Directors Reshaping Japan’s Film Industry
Beyond showcasing a wide range of styles and genres, 21st Century Japan also includes some of the country’s most remarkable contemporary women filmmakers.
Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Present 21st-Century Japanese Films
21st Century Japan: Films From 2001–2020 presents a wide-ranging selection of films celebrating the last two decades of Japanese cinema, streaming online February 5–25.
A Dynamic Portrait of Sex Workers Channels Suppressed Rage to Cathartic Ends
Now streaming as part of JAPAN CUTS, Kana Yamada’s Life: Untitled features a wealth of skillfully written characters attuned to Japan’s contemporary social dysfunctions.
Exploring the Isolations of Age, Disability, and Depression in Japan
A trio of documentaries playing at this year’s Japan Cuts festival tackle different facets of social alienation.
Japan’s Radical Conceptual Art of the 1960s
An exhibition at Japan Society makes room in the modernist canon for the heady, playful ideas of free-thinking renegades.