How to enjoy HISTORICA

HISTORICA, the film festival where the world's historical films meet with Kyoto's present. This year we've prepared a wide variety of new encounters at the festival that serves as a place to pass on traditions and as well create new ones. Discover the charm of the multifaceted medium that is historical film, and find your very own HISTORICA.

In-Person Screenings

We present to you a selection of 25 exceptional films from classic jidaigeki masterpieces to new history films making their Japan premiere.

This year we mourn the loss of the jidaigeki master, Director Akira Inoue, who lived his life in film and who was loved by countless people in the industry. We will host the first screening in Japan of the film Benedetta, from Director Paul Verhoeven, the same creator behind RoboCop and Elle. Plus, many esteemed guests are set to appear on stage, such as Baijaku Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, Sakura Ando, Director Takashi Koizumi, Director Akihiko Shiota, and Director Takashi Miike.

Online Screenings

Enjoy HISTORICA at home!

Enjoy screenings of 5 historical films—some of which are being shown in Japan for the first time—all from the comfort of your home on the video streaming service MIRAIL.

Online Discussion “HISTORICA at Night”

A new way to enjoy HISTORICA!

Bring the fun of HISTORICA with you home through a variety of segments you can view on your smartphone or computer! Each night will feature a different special guest, giving you the opportunity to talk with them about period dramas, historical films, and more. The live broadcasts will be uploaded to YouTube so that you can view them anytime!
Note: Special guests will be announced on the official website and social media accounts. Viewers can comment during the live broadcast. Please feel free to enjoy the previous event’s guest videos.
Date & Time: Starting at 9:30 p.m. on Film Festival days (except Monday, October 31)
Platform: YouTube Live

Questionnaire “My Favorite HISTORICA “

We’ve asked guests and stars their favorite period dramas at HISTORICA. Answers will be featured on the official website and social media accounts.

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HISTORICA XR is a collaborative project with the Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival that started in 2019. This year’s theme is “The Metaverse Community.” We will build on last year’s themes of “Virtual Production” and “NFT and Art” to take an in-depth look at how the metaverse should be utilized to create communities from both business-to-business and business-to-consumer perspectives.