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NYC Japan Society Unveils Female Gaze Film Festival

26th Detective Conan Film Teased for Spring 2023A new festival focused on women working in Japanese film is set for this November 11 to 20 at the Japan Society in New York.

Called The Female Gaze: Women Filmmakers from Japan Cuts and Beyond, the festival features a range of films old and new from women filmmakers in Japan like Akiko Ohku (Wedding High) and Naoko Ogigami (Riverside Mukolitta, pictured above).

Also featured are classic Japanese films like Kon Ichikawa’s Conflagration, written by Natto Wada. The closing film is Chie Hayakawa’s Plan 75, which is Japan’s entry for the Academy Awards.

Here’s how the official site describes the festival:

A survey of the growing prominence and visibility of women in film, the latest ACA Cinema Project series The Female Gaze: Women Filmmakers from JAPAN CUTS and Beyond focuses on the essential roles that female artists play from behind the camera in Japanese cinema—ranging from directing and screenwriting to production and cinematography. Presenting an exciting array of screenings and premieres—that include new mainstream and independent works from JAPAN CUTS alumni and rising talents alongside a classics selection—The Female Gaze offers a much-needed deep dive into the remarkable and overlooked contributions of women in contemporary Japanese cinema.

Tickets and the full lineup and schedule are available here.

Source: press release

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.