This year we will be commemorating the 8th year anniversary of Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival. Since its start up, our purpose has been to view the world’s films through the broad concept of “historical play” in this city Kyoto, the origin of Japanese film, that has continued to create period films throughout the years.
How must we confront the history of the world, that silently, sometimes aggressively flickers. I will not state that that the answer can be found in film, but a lineup rich in variety can bring many surprises and excitement, and communication with diverse guests may call upon your interests.
We await you at this film festival, in the deep autumn of Kyoto.

Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee
Chairman Tsutomu Abe
Executive Vice President,
Shochiku MediaWorX Inc.

General information

90 years since Tsumasaburo Banto opened the film studio in Uzumasa, the period films = historical plays are an asset that have accumulated to a great number. However, it may be starting to become a little mouldy. Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival is the place for film makers and its audience to share viewpoints of how to update the stereotypical-for-the-elders image, into a “historical entertainment” of the present.
Terrorism, refugees, UK leaving the EU, Trump. Whilst various inward energies revolving regions and people searching for their identity are occurring all over the world, historical film has also polarised between inward and outward. Leaving globalisation to the side, being inward is the worst thing for a film. It may be just the reason why period films started to lose power since its golden age.
We believe in the power historical films hold. Historical films that do not just enclose themselves in history, but those that bring us the surprises and excitement. The wonders of being absorbed into a story of a world completely separate from our daily life. We hope you throughly enjoy this magic.

Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival Committee
Program director Ken Takahashi