Preview the best in new Japanese cinema

This year’s eighth annual Japan Cuts, again featuring several collaborations with the New York Asian Film Festival, carries on the event’s tradition of highlighting a broad and revealing cross-section of contemporary Japanese cinema. The 28-film program features selections as varied as a Ken Watanabe-starring remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven; Monsterz, the latest thriller from J-horror maestro Hideo Nakata (The Ring, Dark Water); and the mind-bending murder mystery The Snow White Murder Case (July 11), based on a Kanae Minato novel. This evening’s opening-night offerings are equally exciting: Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Sion Sono’s yakuza action flick, and The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, the new category-defining work from prolific genre stylist Takashi Miike.
Thu., July 10, 6 p.m., 2014

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