Wednesday, April 26, 2023

NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL, JAPAN CUTS, RETURNS IN PERSON THIS JULY Japan Society In NYC to Play Host to Over 25 Contemporary Japanese Films Fully In-Person for the First Time Since 2019 Under the New Director of Film



Japan Society In NYC to Play Host to Over 25 Contemporary Japanese Films Fully In-Person for the First Time Since 2019 Under the New Director of Film

New York, NY (April 26, 2023) - Japan Society in New York City today announces the sixteenth edition of its annual contemporary Japanese film festival, JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Cinema. Japan Society is a 116-year-old nonprofit organization focused on growing the connections between the U.S. and Japan, and its JAPAN CUTS film festival is one of its largest and most popular programs. JAPAN CUTS will resume its on-site presentation of over 25 films in-person at Japan Society from July 26 to August 6, 2023

Since its launch in 2007, JAPAN CUTS has grown into an annual institution beloved by filmgoers and media in New York City. Called “New York’s premier Japanese cinema event” by The Wall Street Journal and “an annual highlight of New York’s film calendar” by The New York Times, the event has presented hundreds of New York and North American premieres accompanied by a list of special guests spanning major actors and directors and rising stars.

The last fully in-person JAPAN CUTS took place at Japan Society in 2019, followed by hybrid and digital editions, before fully pausing in 2022. JAPAN CUTS will present over 25 films this year, with its full line-up and tickets coming in June. Japan Society members will have access to an exclusive pre-sale before the general public. In previous years, many films have sold out during this members-only early access.

This year will see the relaunch of the festival together with new leadership from the new Japan Society Director of Film Peter Tatara

A professional with 20 years of experience working in Japanese entertainment and live events, Tatara previously contributed to events including New York Comic Con and the official Star Wars Celebration, as well as launching conventions and festivals globally in countries including Australia, France, India, Germany, and Singapore. Most recently, he was the founder of Anime NYC, the second-largest Japanese pop culture festival in America, which welcomes over 50,000 attendees. Tatara states, “I’m honored to help bring the largest Japanese film festival in North America back to New York City. I’ve personally been an attendee of the festival previously and look now to help steward a new era for JAPAN CUTS and Japan Society’s year-round film program.”

For more information on JAPAN CUTS, follow Japan Society Film on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more information on becoming a member, visit

All JAPAN CUTS screenings take place in Japan Society’s landmarked headquarters at 333 East 47th Street, one block from the United Nations. 


Japan Society is the premier organization connecting Japanese arts, culture, business, and society with audiences in New York and around the world. At Japan Society, we are inspired by the Japanese concept of kizuna (絆)–forging deep connections to bind people together. We are committed to telling the story of Japan while strengthening connections within New York City and building new bridges beyond. In over 100 years of work, we’ve inspired generations by establishing ourselves as pioneers in supporting international exchanges in arts and culture, business and policy, as well as education between Japan and the U.S. We strive to convene important conversations on topics that bind our two countries together, champion the next generation of innovative creators, promote mutual understanding and serve as a trusted guide for people everywhere who seek to more fully appreciate the rich complexities and abundance of Japan. From our New York headquarters, a landmark building designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura that opened to the public in 1971, we look forward to the years ahead, which will be defined by our digital and ideational impact through the kizuna that we build. Our future can only be enhanced by learning from our peers and engaging with our audiences, both near and far.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film