Shochiku year 100, Film year 0. The unchanging eternity and fluidity of the young.

Become a witness, of the crystal of film studios, a topos of the 100-year tradition of Uzumasa, that guided cinema. Watch the crystal born from the encounter of Yoji Yamada and the film technicians in Kyoto that supported Shochiku for 100 years, and the encounter of Kyoto University of the Arts ‘Kitashirakawaha’ and Toei Kyoto, in the theaters.

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A must see! Japanese premieres of the latest period films of the world.

From the latest period films of the world, we have selected films of immense power, with messages entrusted into history that cannot be spoken of in the present. These films can also be seen online.

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Shochiku and Toei have both evolved together with time. Witness their outlooks both online and offline.

The Shochiku films entering their 100th year this year, and the Toei children’s jidaigeki to super heroes. Their designs to fit the time, and competitive cultures of the studios still appeal to us to this day. Let the true essences of film emerge, by focusing on individual challenges of each era.

Shochiku Cinema 100th;
the universality imprinted by Shochiku films into cinema history, and their vision of the present and future.

Starting with the Kabuki industry, Shochiku sets foot into cinema in 1920, convinced of its possibilities as popular entertainment.
Uncover the universality of film through the 100 years supported by the studio technicians, and discover the present and future of the Shochiku Kyoto Studio.

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The Early History of Super Heroes – the evolution of children’s jidaigeki

The children’s jidaigeki that built Toei’s foundation – this pipeline gradually grows into the super heroes. What is the core of excitement, that creates the overwhelming experiences shared amongst all generations? Discover its source by following the evolution and adaptation to time.

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Collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Osaka – Tribute to Federico Fellini

100th Anniversary of the birth of Federico Fellini

Experience the visual sorcery of Fellini through his gorgeous period films.

Maestro Federico Fellini was a director based in Rome’s major Cinecittà Studios. To commemorate his 100th birthday, we have selected two Fellini’s films from the period film genre that brim with his extravagant imagination, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Osaka.

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La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale College Cinema

Japan premier of Italian film from La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale College Cinema

A special program organized in collaboration with “Kyoto Filmmakers Lab”, La Biennale di Venezia – Biennale College Cinema (is a project developed by the Cinema Department of La Biennnale di Venezia) and Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Osaka. This program will introduce the film produced by Biennale College Cinema and premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

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Kyoto Filmmakers Lab screenings

In collaboration with our educational program Kyoto Filmmakers Lab, past participants will present their feature film back in Kyoto where they studied, like the salmon returning to the river from the sea.

Come back salmon Project

Past participants of the KFL, return to Kyoto with a feature film!

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