National Film Center (NFC) has got independent from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and has become National Film Archive of Japan (NFAJ) since April 1, 2018. This is an archive page of former NFC.
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Past Exhibitions

  • January 7 - March 27, 2016

Cuban Posters for Films

From the Takeo Poster Collection

Date: January 7 (Thu) – March 27 (Sun), 2016 

Location: Exhibition Gallery (7th floor)

Hours: 11:00am-6:30pm (admission until 6:00pm)

Closed: Mondays

Admission: Single Ticket 210(Group Admission 100)/ University & College Students, Seniors (age 65 or over) 70(Group Admission 40)
*Free for High School Students and under 18; Persons with disability and one person accompanying each of them are admitted free or charge.

For more detailed information, please see the following page (in Japanese).


  Did you know that the Caribbean island country of Cuba is a country of movie posters? Long noted for its attractive music and dance, Cuba is also a “little big” cinematic country. It has produced a string of stylistically progressive films since the 1959 revolution with the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) as its base. Known as the location of the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (International Festival of New Latin American Cinema), the capital Havana is one of the centers of Latin American film.

 Cuba adopted a “revolutionary” means of film publicity; a unique policy of their film industry that cannot be found anywhere else. They commissioned a variety of designers and painters to create movie posters, and used hand operated silkscreen techniques instead of offset printing which is suited to mass production. Inspired by the films themselves, the rich colors and gorgeous expression created by artists such as Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, René Azcuy Cárdenas, and Antonio Fernández Reboiro added new value to the films, and made these posters lively artworks.

 This exhibition co-hosted by NFC and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, introduces a total of 85 posters created from the revolutionary era up to around 1990, mainly from the collection of Takeo Co., Ltd., which is deposited at the Tama Art University Museum. Focusing on posters for many foreign films imported into Cuba as well as Cuban ones, it will be your guide to this unknown “movie poster paradise”.

Former National Film Center