An innovative film festival that originates from Hibiya

HIBIYA CINEMA FESTIVAL 2020 2020.10.16 Fri-11.8 Sun

Revival of the Hibiya movie theater!35 years since its closure.
A screening that celebrates the welcoming back of the Hibiya movie theater.

A revival screening of nostalgic movie classics on a large outdoor monitor, that were played at the last revival of the Hibiya movie theater which opened in 1934.

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Hibiya movie theater
Image provided by: TOHO CO.,LTD.

October 16 (Fri.) to October 30 (Fri.) 12:00~18:00 (Times will vary depending on the films)

*Screening times will vary depending on the films. Please refer to more detailed schedule.
*Including closing days. *Screening times may change.

Venue Tokyo Midtown Hibiya,
Hibiya Step Square 
*The event will be held in the atrium if it rains.
Number of seats Approx. 40 special wooden chair seats (Free of charge) 
*Requires reservation (There are free viewing area that don't need reservation)
Reservation Only the special viewing wooden chair seats require pre-booking. (Admission on the day is also possible)
Entry Free of charge 
* Those who wish to apply to enter the special-viewing area on the day at the reception can do so from 45 minutes prior to each screening time (or the time when the directors are due to appear on stage). Please note that we will no longer accept applications once the special-viewing area capacity limit has been reached.

Organizer: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, general incorporated association of
Hibiya area management
Supporter: TOHO Cinemas Co., Ltd.

TOHO Cinemas

The “Hibiya movie theater” is a large theater including 1375 seats, with a characteristic round exterior that opened in 1934. It led the era when films were the major entertainment of people, realizing the first roadshow in Japan and introducing many masterpieces to the world. Unfortunately, the theater was closed in 1984. We will be re-screening parts of the films that were screened at the last revival project back then.

Screened movies

  • Roman Holiday
    October 16 (Fri.) 12:00/
    October 17 (Sat.) 12:00/
    October 25 (Sun.) 15:00
    Roman Holiday
    (118 minutes)

    Princess Ann, a heir to the throne of one Royal Family, is disgusted by her public affairs and sneaks out of the room in Rome where she was visiting. As she adventures her way into the town...

    Director: William Wyler
    Starring: Audrey Hepburn

  • The Third Man
    October 16 (Fri.) 15:00/
    October 17 (Sat.) 15:00/
    October 23 (Fri.) 12:00
    The Third Man
    (108 minutes)

    The story is set in Vienna, after World War II. A suspense thriller that illustrates a writer who try to reveal the truth of his friend's death.

    Director: Carol Reed
    Starring: Joseph Cotten

  • Lawrence of Arabia / completed version
    October 20 (Tue.) 14:00/
    October 21 (Wed.) 14:00/
    October 27 (Tue.) 14:00
    Lawrence of Arabia / completed version
    (227 minutes)

    The movie illustrates Lawrence, a real army officer of England, as he strives for independence from the Ottoman Empire of Arabia.

    Director: David Lean
    Starring: Peter O'Toole

  • Beauty and the Beast
    October 23 (Fri.) 15:00/
    October 24 (Sat.) 12:00/
    October 28 (Wed.) 15:00
    Beauty and the Beast
    (95 minutes)

    A prince who was spending lonely days after he was cursed and turned into a beast meets a girl from town, Belle, and together they make miracles.

    Director: Jean Cocteau
    Starring: Jean Marais
    Production: 1946

  • Sabrina
    October 18 (Sun.) 12:00/
    October 25 (Sun.) 12:00/
    October 30 (Fri.) 12:00
    Sabrina
    (113 minutes)

    A romantic comedy that illustrates a love story between a millionaire sibling and a daughter of the sibling's chauffeur.

    Director: Billy Wilder
    Starring: Audrey Hepburn

  • The Country Girl
    October 18 (Sun.) 15:00/
    October 24 (Sat.) 15:00/
    October 30 (Fri.) 15:00
    The Country Girl
    (104 minutes)

    A drama that illustrates a painful love triangle between a ruined entertainer, his wife and a young director.

    Director: George Seaton
    Starring: Bing Crosby

* "The Country Girl" and "Sabrina" are selected as this event's special project.

Toronto Japanese Film Festival in Hibiya

Free screening of hot Japanese films with English subtitles

What is the Toronto Japanese Film Festival? Click here for the screening schedule(332KB)
Toronto Japanese Film Festival Logo

October 16 (Fri.) to October 30 (Fri.) 19:00~21:00(Director on stage: 18:30~19:00)

*Screening times will vary depending on the films. Please refer to more detailed schedule. *Including closing days.
*Screening times may change.

Venue Tokyo Midtown Hibiya,
Hibiya Step Square 
*The event will be held in the atrium if it rains.
Number of seats Approx. 40 special wooden chair seats (Free of charge) 
*Requires reservation (There are free viewing area that don't need reservation)
Reservation Only the special viewing wooden chair seats require pre-booking. (Admission on the day is also be possible)
Entry Free of charge 
* Those who wish to apply to enter the special-viewing area on the day at the reception can do so from 45 minutes prior to each screening time (or the time when the directors are due to appear on stage). Please note that we will no longer accept applications once the special-viewing area capacity limit has been reached.

Organizer: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, general incorporated association of
Hibiya area management
Sponsorship:The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan(CCCJ)
Supporter: Toronto Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC)

At "Toronto Japanese Film Festival", you can enjoy Japanese films with English subtitles. By focusing on how the Japanese dialogue in the overseas edition of these Japanese films is translated into English subtitles, you can enjoy watching Japanese films from a different perspective and experience something unusual! Moreover, this year, not only will there be a screening of hot films, the directors and producers of some films will be on stage. Don’t miss this opportunity to directly listen to the stories from the most topical contemporary film directors!

Screened movies

  • PROJECT DREAMS - HOW TO BUILD MAZINGER Z'S HANGAR
    October 16 (Fri.)
    PROJECT DREAMS
    - HOW TO BUILD MAZINGER Z'S HANGAR
    (115 minutes)

    The employees of the Maeda Construction who need to build a hanger of the "Mazinger Z" challenge many difficult projects that lie ahead of them.

    Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
    Starring: Mahiro Takasugi

  • FUZJKO:A PIANIST OF SILENCE AND SOLITUDE
    October 17 (Sat.)
    FUZJKO:A PIANIST OF SILENCE AND SOLITUDE
    (115 minutes)

    A documentary movie that closely covers Fujiko Hemming's life. It illustrates her real face and music which she never gave up even through her poor lifestyle when she was studying abroad.

    Director:Souichiro Komatsu
    Starring: Fujiko Hemming

  • THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES
    October 18 (Sun.)
    THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES
    (118 minutes)

    A young man who decided to let go of his cat for some reason embarks on a journey to find its new owner. He visits his best friend, his first love and others.

    Director: Kouichiro Miki
    Starring: Souta Fukushi

  • 男はつらいよ お帰り 寅さん
    October 20 (Tue.)
    TORA-SAN, WISH YOU WERE HERE
    (116 minutes)

    Mitsuo, Tora-san's nephew, who became a novelist, recollects his memories of Tora-san by encountering his old girlfriends.

    Director: Youji Yamada
    Starring: Kiyoshi Atsumi

  • THE MASTER OF FUNERALS
    October 21 (Wed.)
    THE MASTER OF FUNERALS
    (99 minutes)

    Yukiko attends her high school friend's funeral. A teenage ensemble casts fantasy that engulfs Yukiko and her classmates into other unexpected funerals.

    Director: Naofumi Higuchi
    Playwright: Hiroyuki Ono
    Starring: Atsuko Maeda

  • THE 47 RONIN IN DEBT
    October 23 (Fri.)
    THE 47 RONIN IN DEBT
    (125 minutes)

    To avenge the lord of a master who died of an unjust decision, the lordless samurai of Akou struggle their way to raise money to realize a slaughter.

    Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura
    Starring: Shinichi Tsutsumi

  • TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
    October 24 (Sat.)
    TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH
    (120 minutes)

    Yoko, a TV reporter, has a dream to become a singer. She enters the town where she visited for work and gets lost in the theater as she follows a beautiful singing voice.

    Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
    Starring: Atsuko Maeda

  • One Cut of the Dead
    October 25 (Sun.)
    One Cut of the Dead
    (96 minutes)

    Real zombies started to attack the film crews as they were filming a zombie movie in some ruins. They kept on filming for 37 minutes, with one scene and in one cut.

    Director: Shinichiro Ueda
    Starring: Takayuki Hamatsu

  • ONE NIGHT (HITOYO)
    October 27 (Tue.)
    ONE NIGHT (HITOYO)
    (123 minutes)

    3 siblings who were separated from their mother try to regain their family ties while they grow up with emotional scars.

    Director: Kazuya Shiraishi
    Starring: Takeru Sato

  • BENTO HARRASSMENT
    October 28 (Wed.)
    BENTO HARRASSMENT
    (106 minutes)

    Kaori, is a single mother who continues to make harassing character bentos for her daughter, who is going through her rebellious phase. But these bentos start to play a vital role.

    Director: Renpei Tsukamoto
    Starring: Ryoko Shinohara

  • THE BUCKET LIST
    October 30 (Fri.)
    THE BUCKET LIST
    (115 minutes)

    Two women who became aware of their life expectancy try to achieve their "bucket list". A miracle awaits these two women.

    Director: Isshin Inudo
    Starring: Sayuri Yoshinaga

October 31 (Sat.) to November 8 (Sun.)

*Refer to more details of the screening schedule on 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival website.

Venue Tokyo Midtown Hibiya,
Hibiya Step Square
*The event will be cancelled or postponed if it rains.
Number of seats approx. 150 seats
Entry Free of charge

[Contact] Tokyo International Film Festival Hello Dial 03-5777-8600Organizer: 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival executive committee (UNIJAPAN)
Sponsorship: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, general incorporated association of Hibiya area management

33rd Tokyo International Film Festival in Hibiya will be holding an outdoor screening again this year. Focusing on hot and popular films, we will also be screening a lineup of films that are targeted for families, such as the Super Rangers series.

Super Rangers series
©2001 Ishimori Pro, Toei, TV Asahi, Toei Agency, Toei Video ©2005 TV Asahi, Toei AG, Toei Video, Toei

Movie actress exhibition that looks back with the cover of "Kinema Junpo" magazine

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Kinema Junpo
©KINEMA JUNPOSHA

October 16 (Fri.) to November 8 (Sun.)

Venue Tokyo Midtown Hibiya,
inside the Hibiya Chanter
Entry Free of charge

Organizer: Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, general incorporated association of Hibiya area management
Supporter: Kinema Junpo Co., Ltd.

Kinema Junpo Co., Ltd.

The movie magazine “Kinema Junpo” that was first published in 1919 is a film magazine with the longest history in the world. From its history of more than 100 years, we have focused on the movie actresses who have illuminated its cover during the 1950s to 1960s and are exhibiting about 30 cover panels. You can see the famous actresses from past years, such as Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, in many places. Walk around the town and experience the brilliant history of films!

Kinema Junpo
©KINEMA JUNPOSHA

Measures against infectious diseases:"Outdoor screening experience" that corresponds to COVID-19

We provide a safe and comfortable environment for our customers by taking every measure against infectious diseases, during the outdoor screenings to be held at Hibiya Step Square. We ask your cooperation in measuring your temperature.

Measures prior to the event:

<Measures to be taken by staff>
  • - All staff will be measuring their temperatures and report their physical condition from 3 days prior to the start of the project.
  • - Wearing of a face mask, hand disinfection, washing hands and manners when coughing are mandatory.
  • - Make sure to let all members know of the guidelines and measures on-site.
  • - Create enough space between the stage and the frontmost seats of audience seating.

Measures to be taken on the day:

<Measures to be taken by staff>
  • - All staff will be wearing a face mask or a face shield, hand disinfection, and measure their temperatures.
  • - Encourage visitors to make a certain amount of physical space when lining up in the waiting line.
  • - Regular disinfection of inside the venue and places where unspecified numbers of people may touch.
  • - Encourage a system that decreases the number of opportunities for contact between staff and visitors.
<Measures to be taken by visitors>
  • - Making measurement of temperature, hand disinfection and wearing of face mask mandatory at the visitors’ entrance.
  • - Ensuring social distancing in the seating areas and other common areas.