Japan Cuts 2014

If you happen to live in New York or near New York or just want an excuse to visit New York, check out Japan Cuts 2014: The New York Film Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema coming up this July. The festival is sponsored by the Japan Society and is celebrated in conjunction with the New York Asian Film Festival.

I follow the Japan Society’s YouTube channel. I especially love the cooking video series Moto’s Kitchen. Also, if you follow them on YouTube, you can also see trailers with English subs for films they will be screening during the festival, which are also featured on their official website for the festival as well.

Monsterz posterThe festival runs from July 10-20. You can see the extensive list of the movies being show (from all different genres) here:

I haven’t read through all of the information or watched all of the trailers available, but here are some movies I would love to check out if I was actually free…and could afford to spend some time in New York, it’s such an expensive city… and state depending on where you are.

Monsterz starring Fujiwara Tatsuya, Yamada Takayuki, and Ishihara Satomi. The trailer looks confusing, but we have a man who can control people (Fujiwara Tatsuya) who suddenly because afraid and threatened by a man who is immune to his mind control (Yamada Takayuki). Thus a battle ensures between the two and it looks like this little war will have a high body count. Of course, we must have some sort of love interest in the forms of the talented Ishihara Satomi.

Wood Job! starring Sometani Shota is a movie I’ve been dying to see since…was it Jedmed at Psycho Drama…first posted about it. We have an 18 year-old who failed his college entrance exams and decides to move out to the country for a forestry program. The trailer, if you can find it, is hilarious. Sometani is a great young Japanese actor who has a broad range.

There are also films starring Ayase Haruka and Miura Haruma. Definitely a little something for everyone. If you happen to be in the area, it’s definitely something to check out, especially if you enjoy contemporary Japanese films.


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