Annual Calendar 2022

National Film Archive of Japan Calendar (April, 2022 – March, 2023)

*NFAJ will be closed on Mondays, during screening preparation, between exhibitions; Dec. 27, 2022 -Jan. 3, 2023.

Please take a look at NFAJ’s visitor guidelines and infection prevention measures before your visit.

*This year, all screenings on and after August 2 will be held at B1 Theatre due to the maintenance of Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU.

*Schedule and titles of the programs may change.

*Further updates on our screening and exhibition events will be announced on this page.

↓Schedule List(PDF)


Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU

February 1 – March 6, April 5 – May 1, 2022

Facing the popularity of foreign films, the domestic market share of Japanese cinema declined in the 1990s. It was also the decade of social and economic turbulence caused by the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the bubble economy and other incidents. This program will show representative Japanese films in this era, from hit movies against this difficult situation to radical movies directed by newcomers who had drawn attention as independent filmmakers.


May 3 – 22, 2022

This is the 11th installment of “Cinema: Lost and Found,” the series that showcases valuable films newly collected and restored by NFAJ.


May 28 – June 23, 2022
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 20th edition (14th 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.


June 24 – July 31, 2022
* “The 90th Anniversary of Toho: A Film History of Modernization and Innovation [Part 2]” will be held at B1 Theatre on and after October 4.

Toho, which has always been one of the leading studios of Japanese cinema, is marking its 90th anniversary this year. This program traces its glorious history by presenting its eminent works of masters, its beloved movies featuring popular stars, and its representative genres and series.

B1 Theatre

May 6 – 22, 2022 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)

This program will introduce wide variety of NFAJ film collection.


Kajiro Yamamoto Retrospective in Celebration of the 120th Anniversary of His Birth

August 2 – 4, 7 – 28, 2022

Since his directorial debut in 1924, Kajiro Yamamoto (1902-1974) exercised his abilities in various genres from comedy to melodrama to jidaigeki to musical, as well as showing great facility in social films. Commemorating the 120th anniversary of this prominent director of Toho Studio, this program showcases a selection of his renowned works.


Silent Film Days 2022

August 30 – September 4, 2022

This is an established program that shows silent films mainly from NFAJ collection with the live music accompaniment or the oral explanation of the benshi film narrator as many silent film festivals around the world.


44th Pia Film Festival 2022

September 10 – 25, 2022
Co-organizer: PFF General Incorporated Association

Pia Film Festival, which has been supporting young and upcoming filmmakers and introducing new talent to audiences both in Japan and overseas, now its 44th edition, holds again the “PFF Award Competition,” the biggest competition for “self-produced films (aka Jishu-Eiga)” in the world, special programs and screenings with film personalities as guest lecturers.


The 90th Anniversary of Toho:
A Film History of Modernization and Innovation [Part 2]

October 4 – December 25, 2022
* As for this program, there will be no screenings on Mondays, October 15 – 16, 25 – 30, December 9.

Toho, which has always been one of the leading studios of Japanese cinema, is marking its 90th anniversary this year. This program traces its glorious history by presenting its eminent works of masters, its beloved movies featuring popular stars, and its representative genres and series.


Tokyo Classics 2022 (tentative)

October 25 – 30, 2022
Co-organizer: Tokyo International Film Festival

This is the program co-organized with Tokyo International Film Festival to showcase remarkable Japanese films which we expect to be internationally acclaimed. 


Film Treasures from the Academy Film Archive (tentative)

January 4 – February 5, 2023
Co-organizer: Academy Film Archive
(to be confirmed)

Since 2014’s program Film Treasures from the Museum of Modern Art, we have introduced the activities of film archives in the USA including UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Library of Congress, showing American movies from their collection. This year, films from the collection of the Academy Film Archive will be screened.


Women Who Made Japanese Films (tentative)

February 7 – March 17, March 19 – 26, 2023

In this program we focus on the achievements of female directors and female staff such as producers, scriptwriters, art directors, costume designers, editors, and script supervisors to trace the footsteps of female cineastes in Japanese film history. 

As for the educational programs held at B1 Theatre, please see the following page.

Educational Programs

Kids’ Cinema: The Summer Vacation of 2022

July 29 – 30, August 5 – 6, 2022 @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 15 – 16, 2022 @B1 Theatre

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 10, 2022 @B1 Theatre

Co-organizers: The embassies and the cultural institutions of V4 countries

Animation and other films of Visegrad Four (V4: Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland), along with their cultures, are showcased for children in this program.


April 12-July 17, 2022

For nearly 120 years since the arrival of the first permanent screening venue in Japan, the experience of seeing movies has been changing according to social circumstances and lifestyles. Through the articles including photos, souvenir movie programs, magazines, books, and items used in theatres, this exhibition traces the history of movie theatres in Japan before the rise of multiplexes, featuring their birth, their golden age after WWII, the “art house” boom and others.


August 2-November 27, 2022

While collaborating with eminent scriptwriters to create many masterpieces, director Akira Kurosawa, inspired by world great writers, wrote scripts himself to mature as a screenwriter. This exhibition figures out the mystery of his writing process by analyzing the drafts of his works including Seven Samurai (1954), presenting his scripts offered to other directors, and introducing his newly discovered script which has not yet been made into a film. 


Film History in Posters Part 4: Horror Films (tentative)

December 13, 2022-March 26, 2023

As the fourth installment of the serial exhibition tracing various strands of film history through posters, this exhibition focuses on horror films in Japan and overseas, the venerable genre beginning in the silent era. 

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July 4, 2022 (Mon)