2014 Kansas City Japanese Film Festival

Our annual Kansas City Japanese Film Festival is coming! Sunday, February 9th at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet (1400 Main St in the Power & Light District). This year proceeds will go to The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund – in honor of the American teacher who lost her life in the Japanese tsunami of 2011 – to benefit students, schools and families in the Ishinomaki and Tohoku regions continue to rebuild from the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami.


11am: Perfect Blue (an anime thriller that is decidedly for adults)

1:15pm: Ikiru (dir. Akira Kurosawa; a soul-searching, non-samurai film)

4:15pm: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (dir. Hayao Miyazaki; a classic anime from the renowned writer and director)

8pm: Battle Royale (the famous deadly schoolchildren movie that pre-dates that book series about “hungry people”)


Single tickets are $7.50, or an all-day pass is $20. Tickets may be purchased in advance here (thanks to the Heart of America Japan-America Society) or at the Festival.

Kansas City Japanese Film Festival t-shirts will be available for $20 each. Directions and parking information can be found here.

We hope to see you there!

A special thank you to the Kansas City Art Institute, The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, and the Heart of America Japan-America Society for helping make this happen!