CineMatsuri - Japanese Film Festival in Washington DC

A Cinematic Event During the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Logo courtesy of Japan-America Society of Washington DC

This spring, learn more about Japanese history and culture as the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW) presents the Japanese film festival, called CineMatsuri. Held during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the CineMatsuri will screen five recent Japanese films, each in a different genre, that showcase the diversity and richness of Japanese filmmaking today. All films will be shown in Japanese, with English sub-titles. Tickets are $13 per film. The event is growing in popularity and it is suggested that you purchase tickets in advance.

Dates: March 19-23, 2017


  • March 19, 2017, 2 p.m. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD
  • March 20-23 - E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Film Highlights 

Sunday 3/19: Fueled: The Man They Called “Pirate” (Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko) Fueled tells the story of Tetsuzo Kunioka, who finds that the future of his oil company is rocky and uncertain in post-World War II Japan. Despite huge obstacles and pushback from foreign powers, Tetsuzo’s courage and determination propels him to move forward to save his company, his workers, and his country. Fueled was nominated for six Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Cinematography.

Monday 3/20: Tsukiji Wonderland Tsukiji Wonderland is a documentary that follows Tokyo’s world-famous fish market and its fish experts through a lens that most tourists would never get to see or experience. Tsukiji Wonderland is presented in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival.

Tuesday 3/21: The Long Excuse (Nagai Iiwake) The Long Excuse explores the themes of “family” as told through the tale of two men who are both experiencing grief, but very differently—one through guilt and self-loathing, and one through genuine sadness and heartache. On impulse, the first man jumps at the chance to help his friend take care of his children, who no longer have a mother. At once somber and transformative, this film is a study in the growth of human beings and the connections they make with others.

Wednesday 3/22: Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow (Satoshi no Seishun) Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow tells the true story of Satoshi Murayama, a shogi (Japanese chess) prodigy. While the film focuses on the professional shogi world and what it takes to be a player, it is also a look into Satoshi’s life and dreams as he fights tooth and nail to become the meijin—the best and most well-recognized shogi player—despite discovering he has cancer. Kenichi Matsuyama, who plays Satoshi in the film, was nominated for Best Actor at the Japanese Academy Awards.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a three week city-wide spring festival featuring a wide variety of events. Read more about the special events during the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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