Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish, 2003

As Japan’s film industry enters its third decade in the new millennium, the inaugural ACA Cinema Project online film series 21stCentury Japan: Films From 2001-2020 takes a look back at the last 20 years of Japanese cinema to celebrate some of the most remarkable narrative fiction films and filmmakers that define the era. Covering a wide range of production styles and genres—from small budget independent debuts to festival favorites and award-winning major studio releases—this diverse slate of 30 feature films and shorts offers a guided tour of modern Japanese cinema, including special spotlights dedicated to the work of Kiyoshi Kurosawa and a selection of free breakout films by up-and-coming filmmakers.

The Great Yokai War, 2005

Series highlights include the online U.S. premieres of Red Post on Escher Street—the latest film by cult favorite director Sion Sono, co-presented with Grasshopper Film—and Yukiko Mishima’s female-driven romantic drama Shape of Red, both with exclusive video Q&As. In addition, the series offers access to a slew of hard-to-see gems otherwise unavailable to stream in the U.S. by some of Japan’s most internationally prominent filmmakers—including titles from Hirokazu Kore-eda, Naomi Kawase, Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Ryosuke Hashiguchi, and Miwa Nishikawa—as well as directors who are lesser known in the West and ripe for discovery.

Co-presented by Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in collaboration with the Visual Industry Promotion Organization.

Stream 21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020 from February 5-25 at film.japan

All-Access Passes with a 21-day rental window are available for $99 from January 29-February 4. Individual films with a 3-day rental window are $8-$12. Japan Society members receive 20% on all rentals with a coupon code. All films are available to rent within the U.S. and stream in Japanese with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. 

Still the Water, 2014

Sakuran, 2007