Current Exhibitions

  • October 16, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Inaugurating NFAJ:
Art Director Takeo Kimura at His Centenary [exhibition]

Exhibition Gallery (7th floor)
October 16 (Tue), 2018 – January 27 (Sun), 2019
11:00am – 6:30pm (admission until 6:00pm)
*Last Friday of every month: 11:00am – 8:00pm (admission until 7:30pm)
Mondays, December 24 (Mon) , 2018 – January 3 (Thu) , 2019
Single Ticket 250 (Group Admission 200) / University & College Students 130 (Group Admission 60) *Free for Seniors (age 65 or over), High School Students and under 18; Persons with disability and one person accompanying each of them are admitted free of charge.

Free on Nov 3 , Culture Day .

 For more detailed information, please see the following page (in Japanese) .

 Born one-hundred years ago this year, Takeo Kimura (1918-2010) was a master of art direction for films. For over 60 years following his debut in 1944, he stood at the very forefront of the film industry. Just counting full-length movies that had theatrical releases — ranging from movies by major film studios to independent works by young artists — he had involvement in over 240 films. He also worked with famous directors of widely disparate talents and personalities, among them Shiro Toyoda, Tomotaka Tasaka, Seijun Suzuki, Kei Kumai, and Kazuo Kuroki. He contributed to numerous masterpieces by demonstrating bold creativity backed up by detailed historical research and flexibility that allowed him to jump freely between realism and fantasy. He was also actively involved in the education of up-and-coming artists at universities and film schools. He worked with great energy until the very end, even making his debut as a director in his later years.
 Held with the cooperation of Kyoto University of Art and Design’s Department of Film Production, which houses many of Kimura’s works, this exhibit follows the trajectory of thought whereby Kimura built unique worlds as an art director. It features various precious items, including drawings and designs that Kimura created himself.


National Film Archive of Japan

3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031