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2021 Program

A Woman Who Acts

Ogimi is a small village in Japan’s southern-most prefecture Okinawa. Kamiya Akira is a local construction company owner, formerly a magnetic man revered by his employees as the ideal boss, but now suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair in his old age. He also has a young wife, Yoshiko (Mitsushima Hikari.) Thanks to their age-gap being greater than that of the average father and child, the villagers call her a “fortune hunter.” 


Adarnia is a 3D CG animated sci-fi short film about the once utopian ancient city called Adarnia. Overthrown by a ruthless military leader, the now totalitarian state and its army of android soldiers find themselves interrupted by the sudden appearance of a mysterious intruder. These soldiers chase the masked biker from the well-guarded city to the uncharted outskirts of Adarnia, revealing the intruder's true identity, purpose, and a glimpse into the deep history of Adarnia's sci-fi world.

Chinatown Beat

Chinatown has had a big hit in 2020 with many business closing down, community members getting harassed and attacked by hate crimes. Yet the community perseveres as the artist continues to work.

Corpse Candle

One stormy night, monk Osho and apprentice Hoshin hear a suspicious noise coming from the main hall of their temple. The two of them must investigate in the pitch...


May, 2020. The world was under lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic. A computer screen shows a young woman video-calling his father for the first time in years...

Horimono- Japan's Tattoo Pilgrimage

Japan has an uneasy relationship with tattoos, which have come to be associated...

In the Shadow of the Pines

In the Shadow of the Pines is an animated short documentary about a difficult father-daughter relationship. Drawing on childhood memories...


Each year, thousands of refugees from around the world seek asylum in Japan, but only 0.1% of applicants are accepted. Nanmin portrays life as an asylum seeker in Japan, focusing on the secretive migrant detention centers and harsh parole system in interviews with activists, lawyers, and refugees.


"Painted in silence, a sparrow’s dream invokes timeless harmonies. In the heart of the universal geometry, the seed of calm is formed." Otonashi is a philosophical voyage through inner and outer experiences of the human existence - an audiovisual meditation of futuristic transmutations about the Japanese Hannya Shingyō.

Ritsuko & Ken-chan

The isolated island of Nagasaki, Kuroshima. The island of the cross (Cruz), where the lurking Kirishitan(Christian) used to be. Ritsuko and Ken-chan, who live a self-sufficient life here, have a secret.


A young man wanders around the city where people wearing masks come and go. He digests the excess energy by drawing graffiti. One day, he finds a girl dancing ballet...

The Dawn of Kaiju Eiga

In Japan, the atomic threat directly influenced the creation of Kaiju Eiga, Giant Monsters Movies. The first Kaiju Eiga...

Toes Intertwined

The world of a 17-year-old girl has an ocean of possibility, yet they always love someone, break with friendships...

Yoshino Ringyo

Yoshino has been the breadbasket of Japan's forestry for 500 years. Due to globalization and shifts in culture, however...

NYJCF Retrospective


The Apologizers

(NYJCF 2018)

Two mysterious men wearing identical suits, coats and even glasses walk into a restaurant. Are they assassins? Secret government agents? The IRS? No, they are the Apologizers. You made some mistakes? A business deal is about to crash? Don’t worry. Call the Apologizers for big or small businesses, even domestic disputes.

A Warm Spell

(NYJCF 2015)

Naoki gave up his dream of painting to take over the family-run post office. His older brother, Masanobu, left home to become a doctor. When their mother's funeral brings the two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments.

The 8th Samurai

(NYJCF 2012)

What if Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai originally were eight? A hard luck actor watches the opportunity of a lifetime slip through his fingers after being fired from a lead role that would have made him a household name... but he decides he’s not giving up without a fight.

All Alone In Kamiyama

(NYJCF 2018)

Young urban creatives are drawn to Japan's rural town of Kamiyama, known for its pristine nature, fast internet, and welcoming locals, but not everyone is wrapped up in this rural renaissance. This documentary records six years in the lonely life of the local hairdresser, the elderly Satchan.


(NYJCF 2013)

The cycle of life, in reverse.

Take 8

(NYJCF 2016)

Takao while shooting a new movie on the theme of marriage lover bride role of independent film director. However, the father role is vacancy suddenly....