Now is the time to talk about Kyoto Animation, to dig deep into the footsteps that Kyoto has printed into the history of anime culture

We will introduce in three parts, the footsteps of the Kenzo Masaoka sect from the early days of anime, the directors of Toei Studios Kyoto who cause a ripple in anime expressions during the post-war growth, and Kyoto Animation beloved by fans from all over the world.

Part One
The value of Kyoto Animation works
Part Two
The early days of anime - Kyoto as a nursery for talent
Part Three
How the period film culture changed Japanese anime


Masayuki Suo's” Talking the Pictures” and silent film with a silent film narrator.

A special preview of Masayuki Suo's new year film, depicting the young days of a "katsuben" (silent film narrator) who changes film experiences into reality and colour. A digitally revived Gion of the early Showa period and hit Gion musical, with a katsuben!

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『The Twilight Samurai』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama ファミリー/Family
Opening Screening

Highly-acclaimed domestically and internationally! The emotional jidaigeki depicting the relationship of father and young daughter, and the love between a childhood friend

Japan | 2002 | 129min |
Director:Yoji Yamada
ラブロマンス/Love Romance アクション/Action ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama

Shinsengumi vs Goryo Eji, a memoir of asasssinations: the Aburanokoji incident?
Let's hope the world's a better place in 100 years...

Japan | 2020 | 113min |
Director:Yoshiho Fukuoka


The latest film set in history, selected from the world

Films with narrative energy that overcome borders and cultures have been selected from the world's latest period films. Stories of people and cultures, messages unable to tell in the present left to history's hands, and modernised traditional stories.

「Mosquito」「Defiant Souls (Insumisa)」「Felix Austria (Viddana)」「GWEN」
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Japan Premiere

Reality and fantasy, past and present, fabrication and the everyday... An ultimate anti-war film awakening memories that fluctuate in between

Portugal, France, Brazil | 2020 | 123min |
Director:João Nuno Pinto
『Defiant Souls (Insumisa)』
ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama
Japan Premiere

Swiss surgeon challenges against the society and his destiny In Cuba where he visits in search for his lost son

Cuba, Switzerland | 2018 | 96min |
Director:Fernando Pérez / Laura Cazador
『Felix Austria (Viddana)』
ラブロマンス/Love Romance ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama ファンタジー/Fantasy
Japan Premiere

A reconstruction of the magical world of the 19th century in the present! An Austrian story of a strange sisterhood

Ukraine | 2020 | 103min |
Director:Christina Sivolap
Elen (Maxine Peake), Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox)
Japan Premiere

A folk horror depicting a series of eerie events that descend upon a young girl's family, set in the solemn nature

UK | 2018 | 84min |
Director:William McGregor


Historical films introduced from a certain perspective. This year will be festive with two different themes!

Anime and violent Jidaigeki - the films that created genres which reached the world. With their original power that shows raw creativity.

Toei Douga Festival

The "Natsuzora" days of animation

Anime - the leading the video industry of Japan. Every revived technique leads us back to Toei Douga. Enjoy this year's newly revived works from anime's days of youth with their witnesses.

Lone Wolf and Cub Festival

Imagine the possibilities of Jidaigeki from graphic novels

The ultimate one and only series that miraculously brought together Tomisaburo Wakayama and his exceptional physical abilities, Kazuo Koike who brought innovation to the graphic novel industry with his characters and violence, and the extraordinary visualist Kenji Misumi.

Venice International Film Festival

Japan Premier of Italian films from Biennale College Cinema

A special programme organized in collaboration with “Kyoto Filmmakers Lab”, the Biennale College Cinema (a project developed by the Cinema department of La Biennale di Venezia), and the Italian Cultural Institute in Osaka.
With the association of Italian Cultural Institute in Osaka

『Lessons of Love』
ラブロマンス/Love Romance ヒューマンドラマ/Human Drama

What is love, what is life, what is self...? The quiet struggles of man in solitude in a remote village

Italy | 2019 | 83min |
Director:Chiara Campara

Kyoto filmmakers lab screenings

A special program organized in collaboration with KFL which Selected young filmmakers from all over the world experience period film making in Toei and Shochiku’s studios.