It’s that time of year again… JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema will run from July 1-16 in its fourth consecutive year, with 25 titles including co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival (July 1-4) and a special selection of films from the last decade (Best of Unreleased Naughties!) which have not been treated to U.S. release. What's more, there will be special guests in attendance, such as filmmakers Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Tomorowo Taguchi, Toshiaki Toyoda, Hitoshi Yazaki, and Isao Yukisada; and actors Tatsuya Fujiwara and Daichi Watanabe, parties (Festival Launch Party on July 1st, SUSHI TYPHOON! on July 3rd and NIGHT OF THE FILMMAKERS on July 10th) and giveaways.
The lineup for this year's films include the following (click for my review)
- Crying Out Love, In The Center Of The World
- Moon & Cherry
- King of Thorn
and others which I'll watch at the drop of a hat, such as Zero Focus, Parade, One Million Yen Girl and Confessions. Time to dust off the cobwebs on my DVD of Memories of Matsuko too!
You can get more details from the Festival website here or go behind the scenes through the Japan Society FIlm Blog here, which is especially useful for folks like me who cannot be at the other side of the globe. If Twitter is your thing, then follow @JS_FILM_NYC over here.
For Singapore audiences, fret not! In August we will have our very own Japanese Film Festival on our shores, and you can keep abreast of developments in the lineup through the Festival's Facebook page!