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.
See NFAJ website for the latest information.

Past Exhibitions

  • August 18 - December 23, 2015

Film Actor Takashi Shimura

Date: August 18 (Tue) – December 23 (Sun)

Location: Exhibition Gallery (7th floor)

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

Closed: Mondays, Sep. 8-11, 25, 29-30, Oct. 1, 13-15, 20-22, Nov. 10-12, 17-20

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.
Free on Nov.3.

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


 2015 sees the 110th anniversary of the birth of Takashi Shimura. The wise tactician of Seven Samurai, the minor bureaucrat who burns with his final passion in Ikiru … Shimura starred in 21 out of 30 films by Akira Kurosawa and impressed movie fans throughout the world with his superb performances. However, his acting life was of course not confined to Kurosawa’s films.
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1905 as Shoji Shimazaki, he became conscious of stage acting when he was a student in Osaka, and entered Shinko Kinema’s Kyoto Studio in 1934. After moving to Nikkatsu in 1937, he gained recognition as a versatile supporting actor in period dramas, then encountered Kurosawa when he entered Toho in 1943. He became a mainstay of Kurosawa’s films along with Toshiro Mifune following his role in Drunken Angel (1948), and at the same time, in different studios, he played characters who were not bound by any genre with humanism, rugged honesty, and dignity; neither a handsome man nor a clown. The wide variety of the characters he played in over 400 films is unsurpassable.
Commemorating his career, this exhibition “Film Actor Takashi Shimura” is the first opportunity to show the collection formerly belonging to this unforgettable film star, which was donated to NFC in 2010. Together with screenings of fifteen of his films, you can rediscover one of Japanese film’s iconic figures.

Former National Film Center