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07/03/2019 - 07/28/2019
Washington (DC)

Animals in Japanese Cinema

I Am a Cat. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. © 1975 Geiensha

Time & Location

July 3 – 28
National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)


Animals play many expressive roles in Japanese cinema, both in their own right and in their dealings with humans. Animals in Japanese Cinema will showcase a wide range of films with animal characters including mythological creatures, talking animals, monsters and shape-shifters, household pets, and animals admired for their beauty or athleticism.

This film series has been organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art and is co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington and The Japan Foundation as part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

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