Yearly Calendar 2018
National Film Archive of Japan Calendar (April, 2018 – January, 2019)
*NFAJ will be closed on Mondays, during screening preparation, between exhibitions, from December 24, 2018, to January 3, 2019, and from January 28, 2019, to March 31, 2019.
Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU
April 10–22, 2018
NFAJ’s first program shows private films of Japanese directors and other film personalities selected from our collection, along with their prominent works and the ones recently restored by NFAJ. This program intends to introduce activities of film archives to audiences and express our gratitude to the personalities who generously contributed to our collection.
[Part 1] April 24–May 13, 2018
[Part 2] August 14–September 2, 2018
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, this program explores the way the Meiji period has been perceived and represented in cinema, the medium which came to Japan precisely in that period. Both narrative films and documentaries are screened.
EU Film Days 2018
May 26–June 21, 2018
Co-organizers: The Delegation of the European Union to Japan and the embassies and the cultural institutes of the EU member states in Japan
EU Film Days is a series showcasing films from the member states of the European Union (EU). Now in its 16th edition (11th to be held at NFAJ), EU Film Days brings together a wide variety of films, introducing the diversity of European society and culture to audiences in Japan.
Inaugurating NFAJ: Russian & Soviet Film Festival at the Year of Russia in Japan 2018
June 10–August 5, 2018
Co-organizer: Russian Cultural Festival Organizing Committee
This program showcases Russian and Soviet films from the 1930s to the present, many of which are from our collection, organized into 24 sections. Featured directors are Eisenstein, Kozintsev & Trauberg, Raizman, Chukhray, Mikhalkov, Bondarchuk, Norstein and others.
Inaugurating NFAJ: 40th Pia Film Festival
September 8–22, 2018
Co-organizers: PFF General Incorporated Association, UNIJAPAN and Kawakita Memorial Film Institute
Pia Film Festival, which has been leading Japanese independent film movement and discovered many new talents, now its 40th edition, holds again the “PFF Award Competition,” the biggest competition for non-theatrical films in the world, special programs and screenings with film personalities as guest lecturers.
Inaugurating NFAJ: Preserving Is Showing, Part II: Silent Films
October 16–21, 2018
This is an establishment program that, like the ones in silent film festivals abroad, shows silent films with live performance. Celebrating the inauguration of NFAJ, this year’s lineup includes American, French, German and Japanese narrative films of 1918 and 1928 selected from our collection.
American Cinema (tentative title)
October 25–November 4, 2018
This program showcases the diversity of American movies in both styles and contents, along with ethnic and cultural diversity of the United States represented in them. Vintage prints will be included.
Inaugurating NFAJ: Art Director Takeo Kimura at His Centenary [screening]
November 6–25, 2018
Linked with the exhibition of the same title, this program explores production design’s contribution to film art through screenings of the works of art director Takeo Kimura, selected from our collection at his centenary.
Swedish Cinema Retrospective at the 150th Anniversary of Japan-Sweden Diplomatic Relations (tentative title)
November 27–December 23, 2018
Co-organizer: Swedish Film Institute
This is a circulating program of foreign movies following DEFA 70th Anniversary and Czech Cinema Retrospective. Its lineup consists of 24 prominent Swedish films from the 1930s to the 1980s, making up a grand retrospective. All films will be subtitled in Japanese.
Inaugurating NFAJ: Mitsuru Kurosawa: A Film Producer
January 8–27, 2019
This program screens the works of producer Mitsuru Kurosawa, who successfully launched many young directors’ career in spite of the decline of major studios, and has been introducing excellent talents including actors Yusaku Matsuda and Toru Nakamura.
As for the event “In Celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage,” please see the following page.
Inaugurating NFAJ: Back by Popular Demand: From the Programs of 2017
May 9, 23, June 6, 20, 22 – 24, June 30 – July 1, July 4, October 10, 24, November 7, 17 – 18, 21, December 5, 2018
This program shows the most popular films in our programs of 2017.
Inaugurating NFAJ: The Essential Films
August 21–September 2, 2018
This program is the first installment of the series which starts in celebration of the inauguration of NFAJ. The films essential to film history are screened, including the works of distinguished directors and the ones popular among movie fans.
As for the educational programs held at B1 Theatre, please see the following page.
Film Class of 2018
May 9, 23, June 6, 20, July 4, October 10, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 2018 @B1 Theatre
This program is the course for people who have recently begun studying film art, film history and film preservation. Prominent films from our collection are selected according to some themes and screened with lectures.
Kid’s Cinema: The Summer Vacation of 2018
July 27–28, August 3–4, 2018 @B1 Theatre
This is the program for children up to junior high school students. It intends to cultivate their aesthetic sensibility and image literacy through the wonder and joy of films on screen.
In Celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
October 10–11, 2018 @Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU
Celebrating UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (October 27), this special event provides the opportunity to learn the importance of moving image preservation.
V4 Countries Kids Film Festival
December 1, 2018 @B1 Theatre
Co-organizers: The embassies and the cultural institutions of V4 countries
Animation and other films of Visegrad Four (V4: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia), along with their cultures, are showcased for children in this program.
April 17–September 23, 2018
Very few Japanese films have been screened as internationally as films of Akira Kurosawa. This exhibition sheds light on their extraordinary universality, featuring posters of Kurosawa films produced in about 30 countries, selected from the collection of Toshifumi Makita, researcher on Akira Kurosawa.
Inaugurating NFAJ: Art Director Takeo Kimura at His Centenary [exhibition]
October 16, 2018–January 27, 2019
Takeo Kimura, the art director especially known for his collaboration with Seijun Suzuki, contributed his unique vision to the look of Japanese films for more than a half century. This exhibition traces his thought process through his drawings, drafts and other materials, exploring what production design is.
Japanese cinema has already had a history of over one century with two golden ages. This exhibition surveys the history through posters, still photographs, documents, cameras, the personal items that belonged to noted film personalities and other materials from the NFAJ Collection.
*Captions in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean