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10 things you need to know about ‘Batman Ninja’
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10 things you need to know about ‘Batman Ninja’

‘Batman Ninja’ is an animated feature-length Batman movie coming to Japanese cinemas on June 15...

Best upcoming Japanese films to watch in 2018
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Best upcoming Japanese films to watch in 2018

Documentaries, comedy, family drama and more – these Japanese films provide great insight into local customs and traditions

Nine films to get you in the mood for Japanese food
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Nine films to get you in the mood for Japanese food

These delicious films allow you to visually feast on the joys of Japan’s food culture

Discover Tokyo’s old-school cinemas
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Discover Tokyo’s old-school cinemas

Double bills, classic films and a Showa-era atmosphere

The best cinemas in Tokyo
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The best cinemas in Tokyo

Check out our picks of movie theatres in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Yurakucho

Tokyo's best cinemas

Cinema Novecento
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Cinema Novecento

It's a rare occasion indeed when a new small-scale movie theatre opens in the Tokyo area, but that was exactly what happened in February 2015 in Yokohama: Novecento, located in the western part of the city, has a mere 28 seats and screens only 35mm and 16mm films. Old-school cinema fanatics will love the down-to-earth vibe, which makes it easy to strike up conversation with the staff and fellow movie fans, while the associated restaurant ('trattoria') is nice for getting snacks and drinks before or after the movie. The programme here ranges from time-honoured classics to short, privately distributed features, while the space also hosts talks and events like rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) performances. To top it all off, loyal film enthusiasts can try their hand at the projectionist's job during the regular workshops.

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Uplink
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Uplink

Showing a fascinating mix of movies, particularly indie productions from both Japan and abroad with lots of experimental and short work thrown in as well, Uplink also holds events like talks and live performances.

Shin-Bungeiza
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Shin-Bungeiza

A legendary repertory house in Ikebukuro showing a wide range of films, from Japanese classics to Hollywood no-brainers. The all-night screenings on Saturday nights are particularly popular.

Waseda Shochiku
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Waseda Shochiku

Catch a double bill at one of the city's oldest cinemas (over 50 years and counting). Films are shown in a variety of languages, with Hollywood flicks featuring as highly as Japanese movies, all presented on classic 35mm prints. There are only double bills on offer, so set aside an afternoon and make the most of it.

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