Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema
July 1st - 16th, 2010
Okay, we all know (or should know) that the 9th New York Asian Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night. Still, we should take at least a moment to recognize that in just one week JAPAN CUTS, the other great festival that hits New York this time of year, will begin.
Now in its fourth consecutive year, this summer festival includes co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival and a special selection of films from the last decade (Best of the Unreleased Naughties!) which have not been treated to U.S. release. Zero Focus (pictured above) is one of more than 20 films being screened at JAPAN CUTS 2010, this year’s largest showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema outside the archipelago.
With over 30 screenings in total, the festival opens July 1 with Confessions (dir. Tetsuya Nakashima) and Sawako Decides (dir. Yuya Ishii) and closes July 16 with two North American premieres: About Her Brother (dir. Yoji Yamada) and Sweet Little Lies (dir. Hitoshi Yazaki).
Other highlights of the series include: Blood of Rebirth (dir. Toshiaki Toyoda), Bare Essence of Life: Ultra Miracle Love Story (dir. Satoko Yokohama), Dear Doctor (dir. Miwa Nishikawa), Golden Slumber (dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura), Nightmare Detective II (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto), Parade (dir. Isao Yukisada), Villon’s Wife (dir. Kichitaro Negishi), and Zero Focus (dir. Isshin Inudo).
For full info on this fabulous festival, click here.