National Film Center Calendar (2013.4-2014.3)
In Memory of Film Figures We Lost in 2011-2012April 2 – May 26, 2013
This program is organized as a memorial to Japanese cineastes such as directors, actors, actresses and crew, who passed away in the year 2011 – 2012. The films, which those figures including Kaneto Shindo, Isuzu Yamada, Chikage Awashima, Hiroyuki Nagato worked on, will be shown to acknowledge their achievements.
Hiroshi Shimizu RetrospectiveJune 5 – August 7, 2013
in Celebration of the 110th Anniversary of His Birth
Commemorating the 110th anniversary of the birth of the late Hiroshi Shimizu (1903 – 1966), director who kept making unique films from silent era through the golden age of post World War II Japanese cinema, this program will be the largest-ever retrospective of his films from Mori no kajiya (1929) to his last work, Haha no omokage (1959).
From August through October this year 2013, due to the repairing work on air-conditioning system, there will be no screening.
The Little Known Japanese Cinema vol.6October 31 – November 24, 2013
—NFC’s Newly Acquired Collection from Major Film Studios
This is the 6th installment of the series that showcases films of newly acquired collection provided under special project expenses for film preservation in supplemental budgets of 2009 fiscal year. The curatorial focus will be given on those films that have become available for film screenings once again thanks to the preservation work NFC has conducted on the original film materials. This program features the films of Toho.
Silent Film Renaissance 2013November 26 – December 1, 2013
This is an established program that shows quality silent films with live piano accompaniment and the oral explanation of the benshi film narrator. This year’s lineup consists of about 6 films, mainly non-Japanese ones.
Yoji Yamada RetrospectiveDecember 3, 2013 – January 22, 2014
Yoji Yamada (1931 – ) made his directorial debut with Nikai no tanin (1961), and his latest film Tokyo Kazoku, which commemorates his 50-year career as a film director, hit the theaters this year. He is the third Japanese film director who was presented with the Cultural Medal. This retrospective program will survey the fruitful achievements of this Japanese film master.
Selection of Foreign FilmsJanuary 23 – February 12, 2014
from the NFC Collection(working title)
This program will showcase carefully selected foreign films with Japanese subtitles from the NFC collection. These valuable films will be shown on the big screen of NFC.
The Little Known Japanese Cinema vol.7February 13 – March 16, 2014
—NFC’s Newly Acquired Collection from Major Film Studios
This is the 7th installment of the series that showcases films of newly acquired collection provided under special project expenses for film preservation in supplemental budgets of 2009 fiscal year. The curatorial focus will be given on those films that have become available for film screenings once again thanks to the preservation work NFC has conducted on the original film materials. This program features the films of Shochiku.
Japanese Cinema from 1980s(working title)March 18 – 30, 2014
This is the 2nd installment of the series that showcases the representative Japanese film directors’ films of their own selection. The lineup mainly consists of films of the 1980s and after, this program will quest for the origins of Japanese contemporary cinema.
KYOBASHI-ZAUnder the title of "KYOBASHI-ZA", Cinema 2 presents films from the NFC collection several times a year. For the program schedule, please see our website and fliers.
Titled Film Stills: Publicity Photos for Japanese CinemaApril 16 – August 7, 2013
A film still for promotional purposes, which grasps the essence of cinema as a temporal art and also stirs people’s imagination through fixed image, could not exist without photographers with a sense of originality and genuine professionalism. Mainly focusing on still photographer who were active in the golden age of Japanese cinema, this exhibition will underscore their contributions to Japanese cinema.
Czech Posters for FilmsAugust 28 – December 1, 2013
From the Collection of Terry Posters
Czech Republic, which is known for fascinating illustrated books, puppet plays and animation films, has also brought out a lot of masterpieces in the fields of film poster design. From the collection of Terry Posters, specialized gallery for film posters in Prague, about 80 posters of the films around the world, which were made in the days of Czechoslovakia, will be presented. This exhibition is scheduled to take place at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto in 2014.
Czechoslovak poster for Throne of Blood (1959) designed by Jan Kubiček
Iconography of Yasujiro Ozu Films(working title)December 12, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Commemorating the 110th anniversary of the birth of the late Yasujiro Ozu (1903 – 1963) as well as the 50th anniversary of his death, this exhibition will pay attention to various kinds of iconography such as paintings, designs, photographs and so on, which appeared in Ozu films, and shed light on the unique aesthetic sensibility of Ozu through new perspectives.
Nihon Eiga: The History of Japanese FilmJapanese cinema has already had a history of over one century with two golden ages. Targeted towards diverse generations of viewers ranging from elementary school students to adults, this exhibition will survey the history through posters, still photographs, devices and equipments for filmmaking, and the personal items that belonged to noted film personalities, among others from the NFC collection.
From the NFC Non-film Collection
(Captions in Japanese and English)