Tokyo Filmgoer is a site devoted to where to catch English-friendly films in Tokyo. The site was founded in 2014 by FCCJ film programmers Karen Severns and Koichi Mori, who wanted to create a resource for film fans seeking subtitled screenings.
Tokyo Filmgoer is simple – it lists upcoming screenings and other film-related events that include English-language options, complete with essential information like where to get your hands on tickets.
Severns makes the case that such screenings are a win-win for film companies – they bring more viewers to Tokyo theatres, and those viewers become ‘ambassadors for Japanese film in their home countries.’ She also says she’s seen a major uptick in the number of screenings since the site was launched, and that she’s even met people who’ve flown in from countries like Malaysia just to see the latest films in their favourite series.
So the next time you boot up Netflix for a movie night indoors, take a look around – there may be a big-screen alternative near you.