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Star Festival: Tanabata

[Family Event] Sunday, July 10, 1- 4 pm

Japan's famous Tanabata legend (Hikoboshi and Orihime) will be introduced through shadow puppetry in an interactive setting with songs.  Afterward, families will make puppet dolls, paper ornaments and their own traditional tanzaku, thin paper strips for writing wishes and to hang on bamboo branches. Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults. 

7/9/2017 1:00 PM
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Sun, Jul 9
1:00 PM
Murase Room
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MUMON: The Land of Stealth + Opening Night Party

[Film] Thursday, July 13, 7 pm

Motivated by the promise of money, Mumon, a lazy but
highly skilled ninja in 16th-century Iga, Japan, is drawn
into an epic battle against the country's most powerful
army.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/13/2017 7:00 PM
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Thu, Jul 13
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Tokyo Idols

[Film] Friday, July 14, 6:30 pm

This documentary feature follows an aspiring pop singer and her obsessive
fans, examining the unique culture and industry of idol worship in Japan.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/14/2017 6:30 PM
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Fri, Jul 14
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

[Film] Friday, July 14, 8:30 pm

Two young low-wage workers keep crossing paths in Tokyo. Will they save
each other from a life of disappointment and loneliness?

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/14/2017 8:30 PM
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Fri, Jul 14
8:30 PM
Auditorium
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Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow

[Film] Saturday, July 15, 12 pm

An inspiring drama about the all-consuming passion of eccentric shogi
(Japanese chess) prodigy Satoshi Murayama and his struggle with cancer.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/15/2017 12:00 PM
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Sat, Jul 15
12:00 PM
Auditorium
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Hengyoro

[Film] Saturday, July 15, 2:30 pm

The long-awaited latest by Okinawa's preeminent filmmaker Go Takamine
(Untamagiru) is a highly impressionistic film tinged with memories and
trauma that blends magical realism with visually striking sequences.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/15/2017 2:30 PM
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Sat, Jul 15
2:30 PM
Auditorium
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Alley Cat

[Film] Saturday, July 15, 4:15 pm


A former boxer and a cola-loving mechanic bond over a missing cat and a
joint mission to help a single mother threatened by a stalker, yakuza and
politicians.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.
7/15/2017 4:15 PM
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Sat, Jul 15
4:15 PM
Auditorium
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A Whale of a Tale

[Film] Saturday, July 15, 7 pm

Documentary filmmaker Megumi Sasaki (Herb & Dorothy) visits Taiji in
Wakayama, Japan, and deftly examines both sides of the controversy
surrounding the town's whaling practices.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/15/2017 7:00 PM
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Sat, Jul 15
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Memoirs of a Murderer

[Film] Saturday, July 15, 9:30 pm

A mysterious man publishes a book confessing to a series of gruesome
murders shortly after the statute of limitations has passed, inciting a media frenzy—and vengeance.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/15/2017 9:30 PM
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Sat, Jul 15
9:30 PM
Auditorium
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Neko Atsume House

[Film] Sunday, July 16, 12 pm

A live-action adaptation of the popular cat-collecting phone game.
A struggling novelist takes a house in the countryside to find inspiration,
but the neighboring cats find him first.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/16/2017 12:00 PM
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Sun, Jul 16
12:00 PM
Auditorium
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The Ondekoza (1981)

[Film] Sunday, July 16, 2 pm

A recent 4K restoration of the 1981 documentary by Tai Kato in celebration of his centenary. Kato's beautifully shot final film focuses on the professional taiko drumming group Ondekoza.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/16/2017 2:00 PM
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Sun, Jul 16
2:00 PM
Auditorium
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Love and Goodbye and Hawaii

[Film] Sunday, July 16, 4:15 pm

A charming comedic drama about a young couple who continue to live
together after breaking up, with mixed results. Winner of the 2017 Osaka
Asian Film Festival JAPAN CUTS Award.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/16/2017 4:15 PM
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Sun, Jul 16
4:15 PM
Auditorium
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At the Terrace

[Film] Sunday, July 16, 6:45 pm

Things take a turn for the awkward over the course of an evening party
hosted at a company director's luxurious home. Adapted from director
Kenji Yamauchi's witty, award-winning play.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017.

7/16/2017 6:45 PM
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Sun, Jul 16
6:45 PM
Auditorium
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Haruneko

[Film] Sunday, July 16, 8:45 pm

A visually lush fever dream of a film by debut filmmaker Sora Hokimoto set on the border of life and death, full of
musical numbers. Produced by Shinji Aoyama.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/16/2017 8:45 PM
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Sun, Jul 16
8:45 PM
Auditorium
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Once Upon a Dream (2007)

[Film] Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 pm

Experimental filmmaker Kei Shichiri's recently remastered feature is an
evocative and poetic play on Sleeping Beauty that ponders the mystery and
awe of modern life.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/18/2017 6:30 PM
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Tue, Jul 18
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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Daguerrotype

[Film] Tuesday, July 18, 8:15 pm

Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa's first French-language film is a gothic horror fantasy about a photographer's assistant pulled into a supernatural obsession with a 19th-century photography technique.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/18/2017 8:15 PM
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Tue, Jul 18
8:15 PM
Auditorium
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Resistance at Tule Lake

[Film] Wednesday, July 19, 6:30 pm

A documentary about the 12,000 Japanese Americans labeled "disloyal" who dared to resist the U.S. government's program of mass incarceration at Tule Lake Segregation Center during WWII.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/19/2017 6:30 PM
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Wed, Jul 19
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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The Extremists' Opera

[Film] Wednesday, July 19, 8:45 pm

A wild ensemble drama of love and jealousy set in an all-female
theater group, based on the semi-autobiographical novel Kokan by
director Junko Emoto.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/19/2017 8:45 PM
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Wed, Jul 19
8:45 PM
Auditorium
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Over the Fence + Award Ceremony + Party

[Film] Thursday, July 20, 7 pm

The latest by Nobuhiro Yamashita (Linda Linda Linda) is a moving drama
starring Joe Odagiri about two lost souls struggling to overcome their
personal traumas in order to find each other.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/20/2017 7:00 PM
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Thu, Jul 20
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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FOUJITA

[Film] Friday, July 21, 6:30 pm

A masterful, elliptical biopic starring Joe Odagiri about the artist
Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, whose life is marked by numerous
contradictions, directed by Kohei Oguri (Muddy River).

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/21/2017 6:30 PM
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Fri, Jul 21
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High

[Film] Friday, July 21, 9:30

A manga adaptation that satirizes Japan's elitist pathways
to the seats of power through the story of Showa-era
blue-blooded teens who battle for the student council presidency.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/21/2017 9:30 PM
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Fri, Jul 21
9:30 PM
Auditorium
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Shippu Rondo

[Film] Saturday, July 22, 12 pm

Hiroshi Abe does slapstick as a fish out of water in this comedy about a
scientist tasked with recovering a stolen biological weapon buried
somewhere in the snows of a ski resort.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/22/2017 12:00 PM
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Sat, Jul 22
12:00 PM
Auditorium
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Shorts Showcase

[Film] Saturday, July 22, 2:15 pm

A program of wildly inventive and daring narrative short films from up-and-coming and well-established filmmakers from Japan varying in tone,
style and genre.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/22/2017 2:15 PM
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Sat, Jul 22
2:15 PM
Auditorium
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West North West

[Film] Saturday, July 22, 4:15 pm

A slow-burning LGBTQ melodrama that examines
subtleties of cultural differences and sexuality
through a love triangle involving a young Japanese
couple and an exchange student from Tehran.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/22/2017 4:15 PM
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Sat, Jul 22
4:15 PM
Auditorium
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Yamato (California)

[Film] Saturday, July 22, 7:30 pm

A young wannabe rapper living near a U.S. military base
in Yamato, Japan has her life changed by a visit from her
mother's American G.I. boyfriend's daughter.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/22/2017 7:30 PM
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Sat, Jul 22
7:30 PM
Auditorium
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ANTI-PORNO

[Film] Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 pm

Festival favorite Sion Sono puts a subversive twist on
the Roman Porno genre with an ambitious film about the
deconstruction of art, celebrity and ego.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

 

7/22/2017 10:30 PM
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Sat, Jul 22
10:30 PM
Auditorium
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My Dad and Mr. Ito

[Film] Sunday, July 23, 12 pm

Thirty-four-year-old Aya's cantankerous father suddenly moves in with her while she is living with her boyfriend, Mr. Ito, who is considerably older than her.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/23/2017 12:00 PM
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Sun, Jul 23
12:00 PM
Auditorium
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Summer Lights

[Film] Sunday, July 23, 2:30 pm

This international co-production deals with the lingering ghosts of trauma
caused by the bombing of Hiroshima through the relationship between a
visiting filmmaker and a mysterious local woman.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/23/2017 2:30 PM
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Sun, Jul 23
2:30 PM
Auditorium
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Zigeunerweisen (1980)

[Film] Sunday, July 23, 4:15 pm

The late, great Seijun Suzuki made his epic comeback after a 10-year hiatus with this metaphysical period drama, the first of his Taisho Trilogy.
Newly remastered.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/23/2017 4:15 PM
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Sun, Jul 23
4:15 PM
Auditorium
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In This Corner of the World

[Film] Sunday, July 23, 7:15 pm

A moving animated historical drama dealing with the stark realities of
civilian life before and after the bombing of Hiroshima for a family living in
nearby Kure.

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2017

7/23/2017 7:15 PM
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Sun, Jul 23
7:15 PM
Auditorium
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Connoisseurship: 1980s Japanese Photography


[Workshop] Thursday, July 27, 6:30 PM

Master the art of discernment in this groundbreaking, hands-on discussion and viewing focusing on photo prints and photobooks of the 1980s, a little understood and rarely discussed period in the history of Japanese photography. Complimentary snacks and sake will be provided.

7/27/2017 6:30 PM
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Thu, Jul 27
6:30 PM
Workshop
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The Art of Origami in Your Mathematics and ELA Classroom
[2-Day Workshop for Educators] August 1 & 15, 9 AM-4 PM

Looking for creative ways to teach math concepts?  Join this NYC Department of Education accredited one (1) unit interactive workshop designed to equip educator and adult participants with tools to bring the “real world” into the math classroom.  Participants will also hone lesson design and infuse lessons with deep cultural connections to Japan, its people, and worldview. Through the art of ORIGAMI (paper-folding), participants will learn to fold animals, boxes, and geometric figures that are used to explore and explain a wide variety of mathematical ideas, foster conversations about deep mathematical and literary concepts, and provide motivation for developing common mathematical and socials studies language. 

Open to general public and educators: 1P credit available from the NYC Department of Education
Generous support for this course is provided by the US-Japan Foundation.
8/1/2017 9:00 AM
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Tue, Aug 1
9:00 AM
Murase Room
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The Art of Origami: Tuesday, August 1

[1-Day a la carte Workshop for Educators] August 1, 9 AM-4 PM
8/1/2017 9:00 AM
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Tue, Aug 1
9:00 AM
Workshop
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The Art of Ink: Summer Immersion Workshop for High School Students

[Student Program] August 7—11, 2017 (5 Days), 1—5 PM
Student Exhibition: August 11, 6 PM

Explore the world Japanese ink art in a one-week workshop that exposes you to the fundamentals of the traditional and modern art forms of sumi-e, calligraphy, fish printing and more. Learn from professional working artists, including master calligrapher Masako Inkyo, sumi-e artist Ayakoh Furukawa and printmaker Joe Mullins, as you practice traditional techniques and methods and make your own unique work. Exhibit your favorite pieces in a student exhibition open to family and friends.

Tuition: $300/$250 Japan Society members
Needs-based scholarship available. Apply today!

8/7/2017 1:00 PM
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Mon, Aug 7
1:00 PM
Workshop
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The Art of Origami: Tuesday, August 15

[1-Day a la carte Workshop for Educators] August 15, 9 AM-4 PM
8/15/2017 9:00 AM
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Tue, Aug 15
9:00 AM
Workshop
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