Yearly Calendar 2015
National Film Center Calendar (April, 2015 – March, 2016)
Cross-section of Japan’s Cinematic Past [Part 6]
The Toei Jidaigeki Ⅱ
April 7 – May 24, 2015
This is the 6th installment of the series “Cross-section of Japan’s Cinematic Past,” which introduces Japanese film from diverse angles. Following the first part of The Toei Jidaigeki (period film) of last year, this program will make a retrospective review of the films of masters such as Tomu Uchida and Tai Kato, the innovative Jidaigeki films which depict group duels as well as Kengeki (cloak-and-sword) starcentered Jidaigeki entertainment films.
May 29 – June 21, 2015
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 13th edition (8th to be held at NFC), EU Film Days brings together a wide variety of films from over 20 member states, exhibiting the wide range of filmmaking talent in Europe and introducing the diversity of European society and culture to audiences in Japan.
June 23 – September 6, 2015
This program is organized as a memorial to Japanese cineastes such as directors, actors and crew, who passed away in the year 2013–2014. The films, which those figures including Yoshiko Yamaguchi (aka Li Xianglan or Ri Koran), Rentaro Mikuni, Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara worked on, will be shown to acknowledge their achievements.
September 12 – 24, 2015
Co-organizers: PFF Partners and Unijapan.
The 37th Pia Film Festival (6th to be held at NFC) will hold the “PFF Award Competition,” the biggest competition for non-theatrical films in the world, special programs and screenings of valuable films for movie fans and the younger generation who aspire to become movie directors.
Silent Film Renaissance 2015
October 6 – 11, 2015
This is an established program that shows quality silent films with live piano accompaniment or the oral explanation of the benshi film narrator. This year’s lineup consists of about six feature films, mainly non-Japanese ones.
October 23–November 8, 2015
Co-organizers: Tokyo International Film Festival, Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Japanese International Motion Picture Copyright Association
Commemorating the centenary of Orson Welles (1915 –1985), who made a sensational film debut in Citizen Kane (1941) and became a legendary figure in world film history, this program will make a retrospective review of his films, mainly the ones which he directed. Audiences will get to the heart of the imagination of this solitary genius.
November 21–December 26, 2015
Co-organizers: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Korean Cultural Center, Korean Film Archive and Fukuoka City Public Library
With the generous assistance of Korean Film Archive (KoFA), this program will survey the history of Korean film. Through screenings of classical films, some of which are shown for the first time in Japan, Korea’s distinctive film culture will be made known.
January 5–March 13, 2016
Kenji Misumi (1921–1975) made his directorial debut in 1954 and directed many Jidaigeki films mainly at the Daiei Kyoto studio. This program will be a large retrospective of his films and review his bold and sensitive visual world characterized by not alone the expressionistic direction but delicate psychological depictions in woman’s film.
March 15–27, 2016
This is the 4th installment of the series that showcases the prominent Japanese 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 contemporary Japanese 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.
Back by Popular Demand: From the Programs of 2014
May 8 (Fri) – May 24 (Sun)
*Screenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
This program will show the13 films most popular in our 2014 programs.
This is an annual instructive program that shows classical films we possess, intending to present film history and film art. This year’s lineup consists of 5 foreign films and 4 Japanese films.
This program is related to the exhibition “Cuban Posters for Films: From the Takeo Poster Collection.”
The Discreet Charm of Film Books
April 14 – August 2, 2015
Books on cinema have been continuously published along with film history. This exhibition will bring together Japanese books on cinema of various features such as valuable books of early cinema, storybooks of the silent era, large size or miniature books, rare privately printed books, well-designed books and many more.
August 18 – December 23, 2015
Takashi Shimura (1905 –1982) enhanced his reputation as tactful supporting actor in mainly Jidaigeki films in the prewar period, and after the war he gave excellent performances in many Akira Kurosawa films such as Ikiru (1952) and Shichinin no Samurai (Seven Samurai, 1954). This exhibition will trace Shimura’s acting career based on his various documents from NFC’s Takashi Shimura collection. There will be screenings of his outstanding works during the session.
January 7 – March 27, 2016
Co-organizer: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Republic of Cuba, one of the movie powers in Latin America, is also known for its distinctive poster art for films through silk-screen printing. From the Takeo Poster Collection, about 80 posters for films of various countries, which were made after the Cuban revolution, will be presented. There will be screenings of Cuban films.
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