Japan Cuts, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. For eleven straight days, Japan Cuts will present about 30 features and 20 shorts of brand-new, can’t-miss film made in and around Japan. The festival will also feature an industry panel and an unprecedented number of special guests. Watch an exclusive trailer for the festival above.
This year’s special guests include Lily Franky, this year’s recipient of the CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Performance in Film. He will appear in “The Shell Collector,” an enigmatic film by Yoshifumi Tsubota about a blind professor who has a shellfish that holds a healing power, which will premiere at the festival on July 21st. Franky has previously appeared in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s acclaimed drama “Like Father, Like Son,” about a successful businessman who discovers his son was switched with another child after birth.
Other guests include influential auteur Sion Sono, whose credits include “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” “Love Exposure,” “Suicide Club,” and more; he will premiere two films at the festival: his passion project “Love & Peace” as well as the black-and-white sci-fi “The Whispering Star.” Nagisa Oshima’s son, Arata Oshima, has made “The Sion Sono,” a documentary about Sono, which will be at the festival as well.
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Japan Cuts runs from July 14th through the 24th. For a full list of the festival’s impressive lineup, check out the full program here.