The eighth edition of JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema will run from July 10th to 20th, 2014. Twenty-seven titles will be screened, all of which are new to NYC, including many International, North American, U.S., and East Coast Premieres, plus one World Premiere. The events will feature numerous special guests flying in from Japan and around the world, introductions and Q&As, intimate receptions, and two big parties in the Japan Society’s landmark building. As in past years, the festival dovetails with the thirteenth New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), co-presenting 13 titles in the JAPAN CUTS lineup July 10-13.
Complete information about JAPAN CUTS 2014 is available here.
JAPAN CUTS 2014’s Opening Film is the U.S. Premiere of Takashi Miike’s undercover cop saga The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, followed by the Manhattan Premiere of Sion Sono’s yakuza-turned-filmmaker genre pleaser Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, joined by actress Fumi Nikaido and followed by the Let’s Play in Hell! Opening Night Party.
The event’s Closing Film is the North American Premiere of The Tale of Iya, joined by director Tetsuichiro Tsuta to present this achievement in film craftsmanship.
The festival will also celebrate the career of international star Kazuki Kitamura, who receives JAPAN CUTS’ annual prize, the CUT ABOVE Award for Excellence in Film. Kitamura will join to present the East Coast Premiere of the Japanese-American thriller Man from Reno along with director Dave Boyle, as well as the International Premiere of the irresistible comedy Neko Samurai ~Samurai ♥ Cat~, including the CUT ABOVE award ceremony and followed by the Japan CATS Party.