Yearly Calendar 2013
National Film Center Calendar (April, 2013 – March, 2014)
In Memory of Film Figures We Lost in 2011-2012
April 2 – May 26, 2013
This program is organized as a memorial to Japanese cineastes such as directors, actors, actresses and crew, who passed away in the year 2011 – 2012. The films, which those figures including Kaneto Shindo, Isuzu Yamada, Chikage Awashima, Hiroyuki Nagato worked on, will be shown to acknowledge their achievements.
Hiroshi Shimizu Retrospective
in Celebration of the 110th Anniversary of His Birth
June 5 – August 7, 2013
Commemorating the 110th anniversary of the birth of the late Hiroshi Shimizu (1903 – 1966), director who kept making unique films from silent era through the golden age of post World War II Japanese cinema, this program will be the largest-ever retrospective of his films from Mori no kajiya (1929) to his last work, Haha no omokage (1959).
Due to the repairing work on air-conditioning system, there is no screening from August 8 through October 30.
The Little Known Japanese Cinema vol.6
—NFC’s Newly Acquired Collection from Major Film Studios
October 31 – November 24, 2013
This is the 6th installment of the series that showcases films of newly acquired collection provided under special project expenses for film preservation in supplemental budgets of 2009 fiscal year. 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. This program features the films of Toho.
Silent Film Renaissance 2013
November 26 – December 1, 2013
This is an established program that shows quality silent films with live piano accompaniment and the oral explanation of the benshi film narrator. This year’s lineup consists of about 6 films, mainly non-Japanese ones.
Yoji Yamada Retrospective
December 3, 2013 – January 22, 2014
Yoji Yamada (1931 – ) made his directorial debut with Nikai no tanin (1961), and his latest film Tokyo Kazoku, which commemorates his 50-year career as a film director, hit the theaters this year. He is the third Japanese film director who was presented with the Cultural Medal. This retrospective program will survey the fruitful achievements of this Japanese film master.
Selected Films Printed by Technicolor I. B. Process
From the National Film Center Collection
January 23 – February 12, 2014
This program will showcase carefully selected foreign films with Japanese subtitles from the NFC collection. These valuable films will be shown on the big screen of NFC.
The Little Known Japanese Cinema vol.7
—NFC’s Newly Acquired Collection from Major Film Studios
13 →19 – March 16, 2014
This is the 7th installment of the series that showcases films of newly acquired collection provided under special project expenses for film preservation in supplemental budgets of 2009 fiscal year. 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. This program features the films of Shochiku.
※Both screening schedule and venue are changed. This program is shown at Cinema 2.
Directed by Kazuki Omori― His Own Selection
March 18 – 30, 2014
This is the 2nd installment of the series that showcases the representative Japanese film directors’ films of their own selection. The lineup mainly consists of films of the 1980s and after, this program will quest for the origins of Japanese contemporary cinema.
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.
The Works of Hicozoh Akamatsu and Movie Title Design in Japan
April 15 – August 10, 2014
The manner in which main title is displayed on screen at the start of a film gives us one of the pleasures of seeing movies. Hicozoh Akamatsu (b. 1948), the foremost figure among title designers of our time, has provided his excellent works for more than 400 Japanese films. This exhibition will present Akamatsu’s achievements and also survey a history of title design in Japan, which has embellished films with various types of letterings since silent era.
Le monde en-chanté de Jacques Demy
August 28 – December 14, 2014
Co-organizer: La Cinémathèque Française
The late Jacques Demy (1931 – 1990) is a French film director, who enthralled international movie fans with a number of quality films such as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) or The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). This exhibition will survey his life and films through an abundance of documents and photos. This is a travelling exhibition of the original one which was held in Paris, 2013. Lady Oscar (1979), a co-production with Japan, will be focused as well.
Film History in Posters Part 2: Musical Films
January 6 – March 29, 2015
Co-organizer: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The musical film is a film genre which came into bloom thanks to cinema’s acquisition of sound and made up one of the most graceful potions of Hollywood movies. Centering around the original posters of the postwar films from the collection of Makoto Wada, famous illustrator, this exhibition will trace the descent of the musical film, which gorgeously colored movie history.
Nihon Eiga: The History of Japanese Film
From the NFC Non-film Collection
Japanese cinema has already had a history of over one century with two golden ages. 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 from the NFC Collection. *Captions in both Japanese and English