Monthly Archives: July 2015

Screenings at IFC Center

Takashi Murakami
The IFC Center is “thrilled to welcome acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in person this month for two nights in a row, presenting a personal favorite — Michael Mann’s THIEF — and his own directorial debut JELLYFISH EYES.”


Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF
Murakami in person present and discuss a personal favorite — Michael Mann’s 1981 neo(n)-noir THIEF — as part of our ongoing “Movie Night” series. “A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. James Caan’s the thief, contradictorily building and risking a future mapped out as meticulously as any of his lucrative hi-tech jobs; testing his emotional and criminal independence to the limits; eventually recognising that he’s either exercising or exorcising a death wish.” – Time Out (London)


“Murakami’s directorial debut JELLYFISH EYES tells the story of a young boy and his unlikely new friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite. To his surprise, the boy soon discovers that his classmates all have similar friends—but that they, their creators and even their town itself aren’t what they seem. A hopeful tale pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s film boasts unforgettable creature designs and handmade special effects nearly a decade in the making—a triumph of creativity and wonder.”

Yasujiro Ozu

Catch the classic films of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu at the IFC Center. The series ends September 27th.

“While virtually unknown outside Japan during his lifetime, Ozu’s work began to be screened abroad in the 1960s, bringing him fans around the world. Today, he is considered one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, with such major filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Mike Leigh, Aki Kaurismaki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Pedro Costa and Claire Denis citing him as a profound influence upon their work.”

Time & Details:
Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF– Tuesday, July 14, 7PM
JELLYFISH EYES Opening Night (Q&A Session)– Wednesday, July 15, 7PM
Yasujiro Ozu series– Various

IFC Center
323 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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The Japan Society in New York has come back this year with yet another carefully curated selection of contemporary Japanese films for its JAPAN CUTS festival, which begins on July 9th.

“North America’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, JAPAN CUTS presents the A to Z of new film made in and around Japan for its exciting and expanded ninth edition. Premiering a thrilling slate of blockbusters and independent features never before seen in NYC, JAPAN CUTS redefines itself with fresh sections on documentary, new classics, avant-garde and more special guest stars and auteurs than ever, with a focus on the rebellious edge of contemporary Japan. Don’t miss a moment of this frenetic 10-day festival filled with outrageous comedies, action epics, heart-wrenching dramas, radical documentaries, brooding romances, psychedelic animation and otherworldly fantasy, plus parties, award ceremonies, drink, food and live music!”

Dates: July 9-19
Location: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Tickets & Details: Website


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