Japan Society’s annual series “Japan Cuts” may not be the biggest film festival in the world. (It’s been terrific to watch it grow over the last nine years.) Still, no other film showcase on Earth can compete with its culture-specific authority—or the quality of its titles. And we do mean titles. Check out these poetic ones: Undulant Fever. The Voice of Water. Pieta in the Toilet. Clearly, these are movies that follow their own muse. “Japan Cuts” has never shied away from brave and idiosyncratic filmmaking, and this year’s edition—which runs today through July 19—is their most provocative to date. Going solo after nearly a decade of partnering with the New York Asian Film Festival, the series feels even more adventurous. The 2015 lineup is a peerlessly insightful look at the current state of Japanese cinema (with a few refurbished classics thrown in for good measure). Here are our 10 favorites from this year’s slate.
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