Japan Cuts 2013 Interview: Toda Yukihiro Discusses THERE IS LIGHT

Earlier this month, our NYC correspondent Diva Velez sat down with Toda Yukihiro to talk about his first feature film There Is Light, which had its North American premiere at Japan Cuts. No doubt a standout title amongst an already... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2013 Interview: Toyoda Toshiaki Talks I'M FLASH!

A surefire favorite around these here parts, Toyoda Toshiaki is now also a bonafide staple of NYAFF and Japan Cuts, as he's screened his last three films there. And it all seems a sure thing that he'll be returning every... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: I HAVE TO BUY NEW SHOES, An Irresistibly Seductive, Bittersweet Romantic Comedy

A romantic movie set in the city of Paris may come across as, and may indeed be, the ultimate cinematic cliché, but writer-director Kitagawa Eriko and producer-cinematographer Iwai Shunji unerringly make it work in I Have to Buy New Shoes,... More »

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: JAPAN'S TRAGEDY, A Beautiful, Austere Tribute to Its People

How do you proceed making a film about Japan's recent tragedies- first, the crippling  decades long recession that forced 31,650 Japanese into taking their own lives in 2010, then the horrific tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown a year later, that... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: IT'S ME, IT'S ME, A Surreal Farce On the Nature of Identity

A comically surrealist farce on the nature of identity in the digital age, Miki Satoshi's latest film It's Me, It's Me features an impressively energetic and remarkably varied multiple performance by J-pop star Kamenashi Kazuya as the central character, or... More »

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: I'M FLASH!, A Visually and Sonically Stylish Tale of Gangsters and Religious Cultists

Religious cultists, yakuza hitmen, a lovely bar pickup, and a speeding motorcyclist collide, quite literally, in the genre oddity that is I'M FLASH!, the latest from iconoclastic director Toyoda Toshiaki (9 Souls, The Hanging Garden). This time, Toyoda jettisons the... More »

Japan Cuts 2013 Angles For A Darker Side Of New Japanese Cinema

Now in its seventh year, the New York Japan Society's Japan Cuts has built up quite the reputation for being the premiere showcase for new cinematic works from Japan, if not just for the east coast cinephiles, but the entirety... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Hey, NYC! Wanna Win Passes To Select Films Playing At Japan Cuts?

I have a pretty good hunch many of you do.Good news then, as Twitch and the fine folks at Japan Society have teamed up to giveaway double passes to four films playing at this year's Japan Cuts, which in case... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Japan Cuts Unleashes Their 2013 Line Up!

While this summer's asian cinema diet for NYCers is ample enough with the New York Asian Film Festival, one cannot forget their partner-in-crime at Japan Society and the concurrent awesomeness that is Japan Cuts. Entering its seventh year, Japan Cuts... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Kenji Kohashi, Director of Route 66 Doc DON'T STOP!

If Kenji Kohashi seems like a familiar face to you that's because he probably is. As an actor, he's appeared in numerous TV dramas in Japan, and is probably best known to Western audiences as Hyuga in Ryuheu Kitamura's 2003... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Director Naoko Ogigami on RENT-A-CAT

Over the last couple of years New York audiences have had a couple chances to cozy up to the films of Naoko Ogigami, with Japan Cuts screenings of the enticingly-titled Toilet and the less-so-in-title but equally charming  Kamome Diner. This... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Filmmaking Without Borders -- A Discussion with LEONIE Director Hisako Matsui

Hisako Matsui (Yukie and Oriume) brought her latest film Leonie to Japan Cuts last Friday for its U.S. premiere. Leonie is a biopic on Leonie Gimour (Emily Mortimer) an American journalist who falls in love with Japanese poet Yone Noguchi,... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Japan's Leading Man Kôji Yakusho

The 2012 edition of Japan Cuts may be drawing to a close this evening, but we still have a few more treats up our sleeve. And this may be the best yet! Cementing himself as a star in his native... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2012 Review: LONELY SWALLOWS

I always gravitate toward documentaries that feature young people regardless of how they are made (in this case, poorly from a technical standpoint). With Gu Su-yeon's Hard Romanticker, this year's Japan Cuts highlights some of the trials and tribulations of... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Japan Cuts 2012 Review: ROADSIDE FUGITIVE SR

Yu Irie (8000 Miles, 8000 Miles 2 and Ringing in Their Ears) returns to this year's Japan Cuts with Roadside Fugitive SR, the third installment of his sleeper hit debut, 8000 Miles. The lovable losers from Saitama- Ikku (Ryusuke Komakine) and... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Japan Cuts 2012 Interview: Toshiaki Toyoda Talks Monsters, Manifestos & Moviemaking

Arguably one of the most fascinating filmmakers working in Japan over the last 15 years, Toshiaki Toyoda was recently in New York to present his latest film Monsters Club to the audience at Japan Society's Japan Cuts. Our correspondent, The... More »
By Diva Vélez   

Japan Cuts 2012 Review: THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN

The major highlight of this year's Japan Cuts festival for Japanese film fans, as well as fans of great acting in general, is the New York appearance of Koji Yakusho, one of Japan's most acclaimed and accomplished actors, who continues... More »

NYAFF/Japan Cuts 2012 Review: HARD ROMANTICKER

There is an old saying about the Japan-Korea relationship my grandfather once told me that is very revealing. Apparently it's really easy for a Japanese to pick out Koreans among them because Koreans stink of garlic. For a Korean who... More »
By Dustin Chang   

NYAFF/Japan Cuts 2012 Review: POTECHI (CHIPS)

NYAFF and Japan Cuts favorite Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story, Golden Slumber, A Boy and His Samurai) returns with his latest film Potechi (Chips), in which he once again adapts a novel by Fish Story and Golden Slumber author Kotaro Isaka.... More »

NYAFF/Japan Cuts 2012 Screening: MONSTERS CLUB, A Brief But Beautiful Poetic Gem

One of the film's playing under the co-banner of the 2012 New York Asian Film Fest and Japan Society's Japan Cuts is Toshiaki Toyoda's Monsters Club, having its US premiere this Sunday, July 15 at Japan Society. Our correspondent Alexander... More »
By Ben Umstead   
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