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Japanese Currents

  • April 6 – April 28, 2018

This year’s 11th annual Japanese Currents series highlights recent noteworthy Nipponese films, ranging from anime to jidaigeki, documentary to comedy, all while exploring issues important to contemporary Japanese society. Collectively, these selections offer a fresh take on Japanese culture and showcase the wealth of creative invention at work in Japan today.

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Fri, Apr 27

Antiporno

Directed by Sion Sono

Sion Sono’s adventure re-visits the world of the Roman (softcore) Porno yielding a film that’s anything but sexually gratifying: Is

Sat, Apr 28

Kagemusha

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Late in his career, master director Kurosawa turned to vivid color cinematography and a particularly procedural kind of historical epic,

Before We Vanish

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

In Kurosawa's patiently post-modern riff on The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a trio of extraterrestrials that have assumed human

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi

From Studio Ponoc, the animation collective featuring several principal artists from the recently shuttered Studio Ghibli, Mary and the Witch's

Neko Ninja

Directed by Takeshi Watanabe

From the director of Neko Samurai and its sequel Neko Samurai: A Tropical Adventure, a ninja with the stolen ability

Our House

Directed by Yui Kiyohara

Yui Kiyohara’s feature debut was also her thesis film at the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she studied under

Parks

Directed by Natsuki Seta

Produced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Inokashira Park in Tokyo, Parks tells the story of three young friends who

Suffering of Ninko

Directed by Norihiro Niwatsukino

One of Nikkatsu studio's recent Roman Porno revival productions, Suffering of Ninko focuses on a Buddhist monk, living during the

Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High

Directed by Akira Nagai

Teiichi Akaba (Masaki Suda) enters a boys-only high school with an aim to triumph over every one of his classmates

The Third Murder

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

This moving story of a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his own faith in the law is

Tokyo Idols

Directed by Kyoko Miyake

With a compassionate but nonetheless critical frame, Miyake turns her lens on the world of the pop idols of Tokyo,

Woman in the Dunes

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

In Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Academy Award-nominated film, young entomologist Niki Junpei finds himself trapped in a sand-drenched pit where he is