Every year, Japan Cuts, the NYC film festival dedicated to the freshest slices of new Japanese cinema, makes me sad I don’t live in New York. This year, like many events around the world, Japan Cuts won’t be able to take place in its usual form. But there’s a silver lining for non-Big Apple dwellers: the festival will take place online.
From July 17 to 30, the festival will offer online screenings and panels available to viewers anywhere in the US. Things will kick off with a Q&A with Shinichiro Ueda, the director behind the cult hit One Cut of the Dead and the festival’s opening film, Special Actors. Ueda recently directed an all-online, COVID-19-inspired short.
Japan’s latest films, subtitled in English, available online? Sign me up, man.
Japan Cuts is presented by the Japan Society, which describes the festival like this:
Emphasizing the diversity and vitality of one of the most exciting world cinemas, JAPAN CUTS gives cinephiles their first (and sometimes only) chance to discover the next waves of filmmaking from Japan. Founded in 2007, the festival presents the biggest Japanese blockbusters, raucous genre flicks, peerless independents, arthouse gems, radical documentaries, and avant-garde forms, along with unique collaborative programs, workshops, and panels put together with the cooperation of other international organizations. Special guest actors and filmmakers join the festivities for Q&As, award ceremonies, and the post-screening parties and receptions audiences have come to expect, with live music, food, and drinks. 2020 is the first year that JAPAN CUTS will not be physically hosted at Japan Society since its inception.
Source: Japan Cuts