Going to cinema in Tokyo

Movie-going is not cheap in Japan, costing about ¥1,800 per person, However, on Cinema Day, usually the first day of each month, ticket prices are reduced. Many cinemas also have Ladies’Day, usually on a Wednesday, when ticket prices for women are reduced to ¥1,000. Some American and European films may take up to three months to reach Japan. Non-Japanese films are usually shown in the original language with Japanese subtitles.

In Shibuya, Bunkamura sometimes shows Japanese films with English sub­titles and occasionally screens Independent and European films.

Also in Shibuya, the Theater Image Forum, designed by archi­tect Masaharu Takahashi, uses the most advanced digital techno­logy. The centrally located Toho Cinemas Chanter shows art-house and Independent movies.

For mainstream movies, try United Cinema Toyosu, which is one of the largest in Tokyo, with 12 screens. It is possible to hire children’s seats and even blankets here. Marunouchi Piccadilly in the Mullion Building in Yurakucho has five screens, while Ebisu Garden Place has two.

A popular choice is the nine-screen Toho Cinema Roppongi Hills in the Roppongi Hills complex.

Toho Cinema Roppongi Hills
Toho Cinema Roppongi Hills

Fans of Japanese cinema should visit the National Film Center.

The annual Tokyo International Film Festival is held in October/November. Other worthwhile festivals include the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

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