Starting next week, you can stream new films from Japanese directors thanks to the Japan Society’s Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Films. Due to COVID-19, the 14th annual Japan Cuts film festival has moved online via VOD. The exclusive selection of film streaming options will be supplemented with live and pre-recorded virtual Q&As, discussion panels, and video introductions from filmmakers to maintain the festival’s sense of community and dedication to intercultural communication during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you enjoyed Shinichiro Ueda’s One Cut of the Dead, you’re in for a real treat with his follow up Special Actors, about a talent agency that tries to take down a cult. Nobuhiko Obayashi, director of the legendary midnight cult movie Hausu, passed away this year, but you can watch his anti-war final film Labyrinth of Cinema through the festival. If animation is more your speed, you should watch Kenji Iwaisawa’s hilariously deadpan ON-GAKE: Our Sound or check out the beautifully languorous short Bath House of Whales in the Experimental Shorts section.
You can watch all of these and much more starting on July 17th at this link. The films stream until the 30th. If you watch anything, please write in the comments and let us know what you thought!