NOVEMBER 1-3, 2019

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Japan America Society of Southern California Presents

A 3-day film festival celebrating Japanese cinema

Created by Hollywood professionals

JAPAN CUTS Hollywood is organized in cooperation

with JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film,

presented by Japan Society, New York and JAPAN HOUSE, Los Angeles.


Feature Length Films

©2019 “Bento Harassment” Film Partners

©2019 “Bento Harassment” Film Partners

Bento Harassment

West Coast Premiere

Director/ Screenplay: Renpei Tsukamoto

Starring: Ryoko Shinohara, Kiyoko Yoshine, Rena Matsui, Kenta Sato, Ryuta Sato


A true, universal tale – full of laughter and tears – about a single mother and her high school daughter. The girl who used to call her mommy now totally ignores her. Exasperated, the mother seeks revenge by using ‘bentos’ (home-made boxed lunches) as her ‘weapon’. Regardless of what’s going on in her own life, she never fails to make her daughter a bento lunch that embarrasses her with its sugar-coated messages of love. After three long years, the final ‘bento’ message is a ‘thank you letter’ from mother to daughter. This story of a mother’s love will ring true to all teens growing up and the mothers that stand beside them.


©2018 “It Comes” Film Partners

©2018 “It Comes” Film Partners

It Comes

West Coast Premiere

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima

Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Hideto Iwai, Nobuhiro Kadoma

Starring: Junichi Okada, Haru Kuroki, Nana Komatsu, Takako Matsu


Hideaki is looking forward to a happy future with the love of his life, Kana. One day, a mysterious person visits Hideaki’s office. He feels perplexed when the colleague who had met this visitor informs him that the visitor wanted to talk to Hideaki about “Chisa.” Chisa is the name he and his pregnant wife had chosen for their unborn daughter, which only the two of them should know about. The visitor’s identity remains a mystery when the colleague who talked to “it” meets a mysterious demise. Two years later, disturbing incidents start occurring around Hideaki, who dotes on his daughter, Chisa. Hideaki, who fears that somebody is out to get him, goes through an acquaintance to meet a freelance writer Nozaki and his psychic girlfriend, Makoto. They come to learn that what they are dealing with is beyond their imagination.




West Coast Premiere

Director/Screenplay/Editor : Seiji Tanaka

Starring: Yoji Minagawa, Yoshitomo Isozaki, Mebuki Yoshida, Makoto Hada, Masanobu Yada, Yasuyuki Hamaya, Stefanie Arianne, Yuta Ohkubo, Keiji Yamashita, Hiroko Shinkai


Kazuhiko, a graduate of a prestigious university, wasn’t enjoying his life, until he take a job at a bathhouse. Then he discovers that baths are used as a space for killing people after closing hours.



complex x COMPLEX

US Premiere

Director / Script / Animator: Miyuki Fukuda

Producer / Editor: Shinichiro Ueda


Yui Kitani, 8th grader who has a fantasy for grown ups. She has a complex which can not be revealed to others... she has a thing for “boy's arm pit hair". She just can’t help herself but having an interest in our arm pit hair. You can’t take her eyes off of Masato whose arm pit hair is the thickest.
On the other hand, Masato has his own complex. It is that “ he doesn’t like having his arm pit so hairy”.
By pure chance, their relationship got closer started to talk more often. Is it love or?....
This story is a humorous story about two teenagers in their middle school days.
When two people with their own unique complexes, what can happen?



Short Film Collections



Director: Mayumi Yoshida


Director: Tatsuro Manno

not alone

Director: Minoru Kanegae


The way of my life

Director: Keiya Ando



Director: Motoyuki Itabashi


THE Walking fish

Director: Thessa Meijer

VR Workplace

Director: Yuki Takashima


Director: Kazuma Yano


More films to be announced



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