Yearly Calendar 2010

National Film Center Calendar (April, 2010 – March, 2011)

Cinema 1

Japanese Literature in Film Part 3 [Film Screening]

April 6 – May 9, 2010

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Japanese Literature in Film Part 3,” in the gallery, this program will focus on the literary authors who were active in the post World War II era by screening films that are based on their novels.
The 40th Anniversary of National Film Center Part 1


Cinema: Lost and Found 2010

May 11 – 27, 2010

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of National Film Center, the special series will start with this program. In addition to the films that have recently been collected and restored by NFC, this program will also screen the films that have been discovered and restored by other archival institutions in Japan. Thus, this program will showcase the latest accomplishments of the film archives nationwide.


EU Film Days 2010

May 28 – June 20, 2010

"EU Film Days" series showcases a variety of films from EU nations. In this upcoming 8th installment (and the 4th at National Film Center), films from 22 EU nations that have been recently released and/or much talked about will be screened. Japanese audience will be introduced to European societies, cultures, and diverse appeals of European films.
Coorganizers: The Delegation of the European Union to Japan and the Embassies and the cultural institutions of the EU member nations.



The 40th Anniversary of National Film Center Part 2To the Sources of the NFC Film Collection

June 29 – July 14, July 31 – September 9, 2010

In this 2nd event of the series that commemorates the 40th anniversary of National Film Center, the history and achievement of NFC as the only national film archive in Japan will be reviewed through the films in its collection.


The 32nd Pia Film Festival

July 16 – 30, 2010

The 32nd “Pia Film Festival” will hold the regular programs such as “PFF Award Competition,” the biggest competition for independent films in the world, and “Invited Works” program in addition to “Retrospective of Pia Film Festival vol. 3” in Cinema 2.
Coorganizer: PFF Partners.


The 150th Anniversary of the Peace, Friendship and Trade Treaty between Portugal and Japan(1860-2010)
Portuguese Cinema Festival 2010

September 17 – October 3, 2010

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Peace, Friendship and Trade Treaty between Portugal and Japan, works by representative contemporary Portuguese
filmmakers will be shown. This program will give the Japanese premieres to some films. Afterwards this program is scheduled to tour in Japan as the 3rd installment of the Cinemateque Project by Japan Community Cinema Center.
Coorganizers: Japan Community Cinema Center and the Embassy of Portugal.


Yoshida Kiju Retrospective

October 5 – 31, 2010

In the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the release of his debut film Rokudenashi in 1960, this retrospective will pay tribute to the footsteps of Yoshida Kiju who has long been active as an avant garde director in Japan and is now gaining new international attention.


Kurosawa Akira Retrospective at his Centenary

November 9 – December 26, 2010

Celebrating the centenary of master filmmaker Kurosawa Akira (1910-1998), this program will review his career through all the films he directed (from his debut film Sugata Sanshiro of 1943 to Madadayo of 1993) as well as many films he wrote the scripts for.


Une petite découverte
du cinéma français d’aujourd’hui
dans la donation de l’Unifrance

January 7 – February 27, 2011

Since 1993, “Festival du Film Français au Japon” has been held every year in Yokohama, Roppongi and other places. UniFrance, the organizer of the festival, donated to National Film Center many of the Japanese-subtitled prints which were premiered at the festival. This program will screen the selected films from such donations so as to both review the history of the festival and to showcase the charm of contemporary French films.


The 40th Anniversary of National Film Center Part 3
The Little Known Japanese Cinema
-NFC's Newly Acquired Collection from Major Film Studios

March 1 - 27, 2011

In this 3rd event of the series that commemorates the 40th anniversary of National Film Center, the latest NFC acquisitions will be shown. The curatorial focus will be given on those films that have become available for film screenings once again thanks to the preservation work NFC has conducted on the original film materials.

Cinema 2

The History of Japanese Independent Cinema IIIRetrospective of Pia Film Festival vol.3

July 1 – July 22, 2010

"Pia Film Festival" will celebrate the 32nd edition this year. As the 3rd installment of the retrospective of PFF, this program will review the “PFF scholarship films,” that is, the films that directed by the PFF award-winners and produced by PFF.
Coorganizer: Pia Corporation.


Cinema Africa 2010
Celebrating the Centennial of Official South Africa – Japan Relations

November 13 – 25, 2010

Based on the concept of “Africa seen through the eyes of Africans,” the film festival, “Cinema Africa,” has introduced African films made by African filmmakers to Japanese audience. This year, Cinema Africa joins National Film Center and screens the latest popular films from all over Africa. In addition, in commemoration of the centennial of the official relations between South Africa and Japan, the festival will present a special program featuring South African films.
Coorganizers: Committee of Cinema Arfrica and the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa.



Under the title of "KYOBASHI-ZA", Cinema 2 presents films from the NFC collection several times a year. For the program schedule, please see our website and fliers.


Japanese Literature in Film Part 3
-From the NFC Non-film Collection

April 6 – June 20, 2010

Through film posters, still photographs, scripts, and publicity materials from the NFC collection, this series has conducted a survey on how a number of Japanese films drew on literary works as the resource. In this 3rd and final part of the series, a focus will be given on the literary authors who were active in the post World War II era and the films that were based on their novels.


Ofuji Noburo, Pioneer of Japanese Animation

June 29 – September 9, 2010

Ofuji Noburo (1900-1961) started his career in the 1920s with the paper-cutting animation films using “chiyogami,” the colorfully patterned paper produced in Tokyo. In the post-war period, Ofuji created colorful animation films by freely utilizing shadow pictures and color cellophanes and gained international critical recognition. This exhibition will showcase Ofuji’s original techniques and artistic expressions through the reference materials in Ofuji collection which was donated to NFC.


Kurosawa Akira at his Centenary

September 17 – October 31, November 9 – December 26, 2010

Celebrating the centenary of master filmmaker Kurosawa Akira (1910-1998), this exhibition will showcase his career through the reference materials about Kurosawa and his internationally acclaimed masterpieces. This exhibition will also give the first opportunity of public viewing to the reference materials that originally belonged to great actor Shimura Takashi, a memorable icon of Kurosawa’s masterpieces.


15 Years of NFC's Exhibitions: 1995-2010

February 8 – May 15, 2011

Since the inauguration of the new building in 1995, NFC has organized 30 exhibitions in our gallery. This exhibition 15 Years of NFC’s Exhibitions: 1995-2010 is a retrospective of 10 exhibitions among these, which mainly consist of NFC’s own collection. Commemorating the renewal of the gallery, we look back on the 15 years of striving to rediscover the values of non-film materials, by opening again to public our most precious documents and artifacts displayed in each exhibition.


The Japanese Film Heritage
- From the Non-film Collection of the National Film Center

Permanent Exhibition [– December 26, 2010]

The permanent exhibition will feature a variety of the most interesting items among NFC’s collection. It will exhibit extremely rare movie devices from the early history of cinema. Also exhibited are the personal collection originally owned by historical figures in the pioneering days of Japanese cinema. In addition, the exhibition will survey the developments of the film preservation movement in Japan by showing the accomplished examples of archival findings and film restoration.


Nihon Eiga: The History of Japanese Film
From the NFC Non-film Collection

Permanent Exhibition [February 8, 2011 -]

Japanese cinema has already had a history of over one century. Targeted towards diverse generations of viewers ranging from elementary school students to adults, this exhibition will survey the history through posters, still photographs, devices and equipments for filmmaking, and the personal items that belonged to noted film personalities, among others.

[Captions in both Japanese and English.]

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