Current Exhibitions

  • April 9 -August 23, 2024

Japanese Cinema and Music: Composers in the 1950s and 1960s


Exhibition Gallery (7th floor)
April 9 -August 23, 2024
11:00am – 6:30pm (admission until 6:00pm)
* April 26, May 31, June 28 and July 26 (all Fri) : 11:00am – 8:00pm (admission until 7:30pm)
Mondays, May 7 (Tue) - 12 (Sun)
Regular¥250 (Group Admission ¥200) / University & College Students ¥130 (Group Admission ¥60)
*Free for Seniors (age 65 or over), High School Students and under 18, Disabled People (with one companion)
*By showing NFAJ's screening ticket or purchase confirmation email for online ticket, Group Admission fee will be applied.
*Free on May 18, International Museum Day.


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


 During the 1950s and 1960s, when Japanese cinema flourished, the nation’s film industry produced works one after another by enlisting experts in a broad range of artistic fields. One of the most important was music. Many of Japan’s leading composers of the time joined forces with the film industry and did much to bolster its prosperity. For those composers, writing film scores provided a valuable opportunity to put their creative urges into practice. Their works written specifically for film have a different appeal from those written for concert audiences.
 This year, 2024, marks the 100th anniversary of the births of Ikuma Dan, Riichiro Manabe, and Takanobu Saito, composers deeply connected with Japanese cinema. To commemorate this, NFAJ will feature composers who were active in the film world from the 1950s to the 1960s, when the studios were churning out movies, and honor their achievements by exhibiting precious manuscript scores and production materials.
 In conjunction with the exhibition, we also will hold special large-scale screenings and, for the first time in our history, concerts in the film theatre. These programs will allow visitors to experience from multiple aspects the trajectory of sounds that composers have etched into the nation’s film landscape. We hope you will enjoy this unique opportunity to fully appreciate Japanese cinema’s golden age from visual and acoustic perspectives.

National Film Archive of Japan

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

Tel: 047-316-2772(Hello Dial)