New York Japan CineFest 2018 |
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

In partnership with the Baltimore Japan Art Festival

Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) returns to the JICC for a night of Japanese short films! The program will feature a selection of films from the 2018 festival program.

About the Festival

The New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) is now in its 8th 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. The festival 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.

Partnership with BJAF

This year the JICC is presenting NYJCF 2018 in partnership with the Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) who will present their own selections from the NYJCF festival program on September 29 at Falvey Hall, Maryland Institute College of Art Brown Center, including a screening of the award-winning And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool.

Join us after the screening for a special discussion and Q&A with Yasu Suzuki, director and actor in The Apologizers!

The following films will be screened at the JICC on September 27. The total running time is approximately 92 minutes.

  • SUGIHARA SURVIVORS: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future | 杉原千畝を繋いだ命の物語 ユダヤ人と日本人過去と未来
    United Kingdom, Japan | 2017 | 24 min | Documentary | Directed by Junichi Kajioka
    This is a short documentary film about Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved 6,000 Jewish refugees in WWII, and some of the "Sugihara survivors", who he helped to save.

  • wind chime
    Japan | 2017 | 18 min | Drama | Directed by Mayu Ryokucha
    Two sisters live together in an apartment. One afternoon, struggling actress Yoko gets help from elder sister Michiko to read over a script. As the practice gets heated and Yoko suggests an improvisation, two sisters find themselves getting lost between the reality and acting.

  • All Alone in Kamiyama | 神山アローン
    Japan | 2017 | 30 min | Documentary | Directed by Mile Nagaoka
    Young urban creatives are drawn to Japan's rural town of Kamiyama, known for its pristine nature, fast internet, and welcoming locals, but not everyone is wrapped up in this rural renaissance. This documentary records six years in the lonely life of the local hairdresser, the elderly Satchan.

  • The Apologizers | ザ・アポロジャイザーズ
    Japan | 2018 | 20 min | Drama | Directed by Yasu Suzuki
    Two mysterious men wearing identical suits, coats and even glasses walk into a restaurant. Are they assassins? Secret government agents? The IRS? No, they are the Apologizers.

Please note that all films are unrated.


A New York-based filmmaker, writer, and actor, Yasu Suzuki has appeared in such television shows as The Blacklist (2014), Daredevil(2015), as well as in the Sudance nominated short film Toru (2016). He wrote and directed Radius Squared Times Heart in 2009 and most recently directed The Apologizers (2016). Suzuki is one of the co-founders of the New York Japan CineFest.

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