New York City’s IFC Center will screen 5 new Japanese films this February 10 – February 16, 2023 from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA).
The new Japanese films include Kei Ishikawa’s A MAN, Shô Miyake’s SMALL, SLOW AND STEADY, Nao Kubota’s THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS, Yuji Nakae’s THE ZEN DIARY, and Juichiro Yamasaki’s YAMABUKI.
YAMABUKI’s director Juichiro Yamasaki will be attending during the Opening weekend for audience Q & As.
New York City’s IFC Center is located at 323 Sixth Ave – at West 3rd St. The Japanese film screenings will take place on February 10-16.
IFC Center Ticket Prices:
Seniors and children: $14
IFC members: $12
Students: $13 (must show valid student ID at the box office)
ACA cinema project postcard coupon gives you a $4 discount as well.
About the Japanese films screening at IFC Center:
Director: Kei Ishikawa
Country: Japan; Running Time: 121 minutes
“Kei Ishikawa’s A Man debuted at the Venice Film Festival.
Adapted from the Keiichiro Hirano novel, the film looks at Japan’s “lost generation” via a troubled lawyer plunged into a web of mystery when he is asked to follow the trail of a deceased man who lived under a false identity.”
Small, Slow but Steady
Director: Shô Miyake
Country: Japan; Running Time: 99 minutes
“Shô Miyake’s Small, Slow but Steady, shot entirely on 16mm film, continues to receive rave reviews at over 13 international film festivals around the world, including Berlin.
The film follows the emotional journey of a hearing-impaired young woman who is a talented boxer with natural instincts and abilities, who struggles to win when the aging boxing club president who was her biggest supporter can no longer be there for her in the same way.”
Thousand and One Nights
Director: Nao Kubota
Country: Japan; Running Time: 126 minutes
“Nao Kubota’s Thousand and One Nights won the FIPRESCI Award at the Busan International Film Festival.
The film connects two women caught in an uncertain place between grieving and acceptance due to the mysterious disappearances of their husbands in a small coastal island town.”
The Zen Diary
Director: Yuji Nakae
Country: Japan; Running Time: 111 minutes
“Yuji Nakae’s The Zen Diary screened in the Culinary Cinema section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival and at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
The film has attracted attention for the many delicious Zen dishes featured in the film in addition to its story about an author and cook living a solitary existence living off the land in the mountains, who finds he must face his own mortality while preparing food and writing his next manuscript.”
Director: Juichiro Yamasaki
Country: Japan/France; Running Time: 97 minutes
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese
“Juichiro Yamasaki’s Yamabuki was the first Japanese film ever to be selected for the ACID section of the Cannes International Film Festival.
The film intersects multiple characters whose loneliness and frustrations with where their lives have taken them have bubbled to the surface.
They include a former equestrian athlete working off crushing debt while trying to start a new family with a young mother, and a high school girl whose publicly staged protests inspiring community action put her at odds with her father, a widowed policeman.”
About ACA Cinema Project Series
* ACA represents the Agency for Cultural affairs from the Government of Japan.
“Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan (ACA) announces the sixth ACA Cinema Project series – New Films from Japan – organized as part of its Japan Film Overseas Expansion Enhancement Project in collaboration with the IFC Center and with Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) entrusted with the operation of the project.
This edition of the program will present four films that have made an impact, received critical acclaim, and won awards at film festivals around the world over the course of the past year.
New Films from Japan series is the latest presentation of the ACA Cinema Project, representing the buzzworthy films of contemporary Japanese screen entertainment and highlighting the work of award-winning and celebrated filmmakers from Japan to film fans, industry insiders, dealmakers, and press in the United States.
With these film series, ACA works to promote Japanese cinema internationally. Additional films, panels, events, and attending filmmakers and special guests will be announced soon.
Katsura Toda, Senior specialist for the arts at Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs – Government of Japan, and the organizer of ACA Cinema Project said, “These films are among the outstanding works that Japan has produced last year, with each sharing a true artistic achievement in filmmaking.
All four films demonstrate a nuanced approach to storytelling, beautifully shot, with wonderful performances across the board. We could not be more excited to give them this platform at the IFC Center in New York City.”
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