The Morikami Film Series

Co-organized by The Japan Foundation and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Take a cinematic journey through Japan with the new Morikami Film Series. Featuring a mix of classic films from revolutionary directors to recent contemporary films and animation, the selection will satisfy any movie lover.

Cost: Various (select films free with paid museum admission and others are $7 General Admission  $5 Members )
Location: Morikami Theater

Online Ticket sales will open August 1st.


Courtesy Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Tokyo Story – A film by Yasujirō Ozu
(136 min., 1953)

Date Thursday, October 25, 2018

Price $7 (members $5)

Time 7:00pm
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujirō Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. – Criterion Collection

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Seven Samurai – A film by Akira Kurosawa
(207 min., 1954)

Date Saturday, October 27, 2018

Price FREE with paid admission (No reservations necessary. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, on a first come, first served basis)

Time 1:00pm
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. – Criterion Collection

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The Mohican Comes Home – A film by Shūichi Okita
(125 min., 2016)

Date Saturday, November 10, 2018

Price FREE with paid admission (No reservations necessary. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, on a first come, first served basis)

Time 1:00pm
 (In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Eikichi (Ryuhei Matsuda) is a frontman for a death metal band that has no future. His girlfriend Yuka’s pregnancy prompts him to return home to Tobi Island, to share the news with his family after a 7-year absence. He is not eager to return home, due to his father’s stubborn personality and disapproval of him. His father Osamu gives his son an earful when they go home, but he’s happy about the news of his first grandchild and calls all the locals over for a wild party. During the party, Osamu collapses and consequently discovers that he has cancer with a bad prognosis. Eikichi struggles with the imminent death of his father. Eikichi and his family’s efforts to please his father mostly fail with hilarious results. Director Okita’s story of an oddball family told with a masterful combination of drama and comedy will delight the audience.

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5 Centimeters per Second – A film by Makoto Shinkai
(63min., 2007, Not Rated, Animation)

Date Saturday, December 8, 2018

Price FREE with paid admission (No reservations necessary. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, on a first come, first served basis)

Time 11:00am
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school who grow into close friends, but find their relationship tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents’ jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time. Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. – IMDb.

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Your Name. – A film by Makoto Shinkai
(106 min., 2017, Not Rated, Animation)

Date Saturday, December 8, 2018

Price FREE with paid admission (No reservations necessary. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, on a first come, first served basis)

Time 2:00pm

(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint. When a dazzling comet lights up the night’s sky, something shifts, and they seek each other out wanting something more; a chance to finally meet. But try as they might, something more daunting than distance prevents them. Is the string of fate between Mitsuha and Taki strong enough to bring them together, or will forces outside their control leave them forever separated?

(C) 2013 “A Story of Yonosuke” Film Partners

A Story of Yonosuke – A film by Shūichi Okita
(160 min., 2013) )

Date Friday, January 25, 2019

Price $7 (members $5)

Time 7:00pm

(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

This film is a coming-of-age drama based on a serialized newspaper novel by Yoshida Shuichi. It nostalgically depicts the interactions between a good-natured young man and his friends, while interweaving the past and present. In 1987, a youth named Yonosuke who is unable to decline the requests of others leaves his hometown of Nagasaki to start university life in Tokyo. One day as he is juggling classes and extracurricular activities, he goes to a driving school and meets Shoko, the daughter of a company president, who takes a liking to him.

(c) 2017 hClose-Knith Film Partners

Close-Knit – A film by Naoko Ogigami
(127 min., 2017) )

Date Friday, February 22, 2019

Price $7 (members $5)

Time 7:00pm

(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

After being neglected by her mother, a little girl is taken in by her uncle and his transsexual girlfriend, who create a loving home for her.

“Close-Knit leaves a lasting impression not simply of the injustice faced by transgender people, but also of what joy there could be if society were more tolerant.” – Elena Lazic, Seventh Row

“One might find the tremendous emotional swells of Close-Knit so moving at times that one can barely hear the sound of fresh ground being broken in Japanese cinema.” – Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage

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The Tale of The Princess Kaguya – A film by Isao Takahata
(137 min., Rated PG, 2013, Animation)

Date Friday, March 22, 2019

Price $7 (members $5)

Time 7:00pm

(In Japanese, subtitled in English)

Legendary Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this gorgeous, hand-drawn masterwork, decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

From the studio that brought you Spirited AwayMy Neighbor Totoro, and The Wind Rises comes a powerful and sweeping epic that redefines the limits of animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary career in filmmaking for director Isao Takahata. This critically-acclaimed film landed on a number of “Best Of” year-end lists, and was nominated for a 2015 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. 

Please know: Our theater tends to be quite cold therefore you may want to bring a jacket or sweater with you.