New York Japan CineFest 2016: Perspectives |
ニューヨーク・ジャパン・シネ・フェスト: パースペクティブ 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 returns to the JICC to present a night of seven short films under the theme of Perspectives!

The New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) is now in its 6th year, is a film festival of short films from up and coming Japanese and Japanese-American filmmakers. It has been presented in New York City at the Asia Society and since 2015 has expanded by holding screenings around the U.S. and in Japan.

Founded by Yasu Suzuki, Kosuke Furukawa, and Hiroshi Kono in 2011, the NYJCF began as a small one-night event but has grown to a two-night film program. Their motivation for the festival is to connect Asian films with films from America and the world, raising peoples' spirits by shaking the foundations.

New York Japan CineFest focuses on the independent filmmakers who committed to achieving their full potential and expressing their voice and vision to the world. For more information about the festival, please visit the New York Japan CineFest website.

Join us after the screenings for a special discussion and Q&A with directors Karen Kasmauski and Kathryn Tolbert!

  • Matcha: An Ippodo Story
    USA | 2015 | 7 min | Documentary | Directed by Michael McAteer
    In Matcha: An Ippodo Story, director Michael McAteer transports viewers to Kyoto, Japan for an intimate matcha experience.
  • Fox Fears
    Japan | 2015 | 8 min | Animation | Directed by Miyo Sato
    On the evening of a village festival, a young boy named Bunroku goes to the festival with his friends and visits a clog shop on the way. There he learns an old superstition about the fox.
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  • Valley of Dolls
    Japan | 2014 | 7 min | Documentary | Directed by Fritz Schumann
    Ayano Tsukimi lives in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, where not many people still live. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi makes life-sized dolls in their image and puts the dolls in places that were important to them, scattered around the whole valley.
  • Take 8 (テイク8)
    Japan | 2015 | 20 min | Drama | Directed by Shinichiro Ueda
    An independent filmmaker, Takao, is directing a film about a wedding starring his girlfriend, Akane. The film production is coming to a close, but there is one important scene left to shoot. Unfortunately, the actor who was to play the father-of-the-bride was unable to make the shoot. They had no choice but to let Akane’s real father, Toru, play the role. But Toru wouldn’t give them his blessings, either in the movie, or in real life.
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  • Girl Wavering (空っぽの渦)
    Japan | 2015 | 19 min | Drama | Directed by Noriko Yuasa
    Mizuho is a high school girl who works part time at an online dating website company. One day, she receives a request from a stranger named Kenzo who insists he needs an assistant to commit suicide.
    This film contains thematic material that is not suitable for younger audiences. Recommended ages 17+.
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  • Joseito
    Japan | 2014 | 14 min | Drama | Directed by Shigeyoshi Tsukahara
    While a narrator reads from Osamu Dazai’s “Schoolgirl,” a day in the life of a young girl in Showa-era Tokyo unfolds, featuring various retro items from the era.
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  • Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides
    USA | 2015 | 26 min | Documentary | Directed by Lucy Craft, Karen Kasmauski, Kathryn Tolbert
    Atsuko, Emiko and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married their former enemies after World War II. They landed in 1950s America, knowing no one, speaking little English and often moving in with stunned in-laws. Their recollections are further refracted through the eyes of their Japanese-American daughters. Personal photographs and visuals from US archival sources help bring to life this fascinating episode in US history.
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Please note that all films are unrated. These films are appropriate for mature audiences.
Viewer discretion is advised.

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