New York Japan CineFest 2015 | ニューヨーク・ジャパン・
シネ・フェスト Film Festival

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the New York Japan CineFest

Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest will come to the JICC to present an exciting night of four short films by emerging female Japanese filmmakers!

We all have a role in our lives, and so do film festivals. New York Japan CineFest's mission is clear: to explore and find unique talent, support their work, vision and cause as we provide creative playground in the most exciting city in the world, New York City.

The festival was founded by two filmmakers, Yasu Suzuki and Kosuke Furukawa, and a music producer, Hiroshi Kono. Originally planned as rather small one night event, a devastating earthquake occurred in their home country of Japan while the three friends organizing the event in 2011. Since then, their motivation to connect Asian films with films from America and the world, shaking the foundations in a positive way to raise spirits, has only increased.

New York Japan CineFest focuses on the independent filmmakers who committed to making their full potential to express their voice and vision to the world. In its fourth year, New York Japan CineFest will be presented in multiple cities after the New York premiere in June 2015 through April 2016; Washington D.C., Boston, Houston and more. For more information about the festival, please visit the New York Japan CineFest website.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with director Ema Ryan Yamazaki

  • Tsuyako (艶子)
    Japan | 2011 | 25 min | Directed by Mitsuyo Miyazaki
    During post-war Japan, Tsuyako lives a demanding life as a mill factory worker, obedient wife, and loving mother. When an old female lover, Yoshie, pays a surprise visit, Tsuyako finds herself entranced by the dream of a different life.
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  • Little Kyota Errand Hood (京太のおつかい)
    Japan | 2014 | 20 min | Directed by Satsuki Okawa
    Three years after the earthquake and tsunami, little boy Kyota meets little girl Shiori. Sharing similar eccentricities, the two quickly become friends and plan to embark on an adventure together.
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  • Reflection
    Japan | 2014 | 23 min | Directed by Hazuki Aikawa
    Tara, a young single mother, struggles to understand and come to terms with her son's gender identity. Reflection tells the story of a mother and her enduring influence on her child's life. It provides an honest look at what it means to be a parent to a LGBTQ+ youth.
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  • Monk By Blood (お寺の子)
    Japan | 2013 | 25 min | Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki
    As a first-born son, 21-year-old Scion Sasaki is destined to take over his family's Buddhist temple in Kyoto, a temple that is 800 years old and has been managed by 23 generations of Scion's family. Born in California, Scion was was brought back to Japan at the age of 9 and raised to understand his ultimate duty. Meanwhile, he juggles multiple worlds as a monk, DJ, and aspiring chef.
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Please note that all films are unrated. Some films may contain mild sexual content.
Viewer discretion is advised.

Satsuki Okawa

Creator of Little Kyota Errand Hood (京太のおつかい)

Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Creator of Monk
By Blood (お寺の子)

Mitsuyo Miyazaki

Creator of Tsuyako (艶子)

Hazuki Aikawa

Creator of Reflection

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