The Japan Society CUTS Contemporary Japanese Film Festival is one of my favorites.

This year we saw four very different but delightful (in their own way) fims, all of them USA premieres and Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival:

I’M FLASH

I'm Flash

The Festival Opening Film, with Introduction and Q&A with Director Toshiaki Toyoda, and after film party. Interesting story about death, life, cults…

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Hentai Kamen

Hentai Kamen

An extremely hilarious movie based on the famous manga. The best opening (or at least funniest) scene in the history of film.

The Warped Forest

The Warped Forest

Director Shunichiro Miki has invested all his savings into making this extremely well crafted surreal tale.

Thermae Romae

Thermae Romae

Very funny and entertaining film for such a silly premise. Also based on a manga.

Of course, while we were in the area, with so many Japanese restaurants in 47th, we tried:

And a non-Japanese treat between the two films of the double feature on Sunday: Lobster roll at Fresh & Co. Delicious.