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Japanese Film and Culture

Conducted in English


In this series lecture seminar, we first view a few classics of Japanese Cinema with lectures to follow and Q and A.  We then take an extensive look at the film world in Japan with specific attention to film promotion and production.  Highlights include a personalized guided tour of Toho Film Studio (the studio for Akira Kurosawa’s films as well as Godzilla) by its former President, Mr. Tomiyama.  You will receive lectures on sub-genres of Japanese film to include anime and avant-garde from leading producers/directors/actors.  The course also includes a culture program with a four-night stay at a seaside retreat, survival Japanese training, a visit to the largest Buddha in Japan, a Matsuri performance with taiko drumming and a barbecue to follow, a trip to Studio Ghibli, live Sumo action, and more.

Our key lecturer, Mr. Ariyoshi, President of Magic Hour, is one of the most experienced and practiced independent film promoter, distributers and film producers in Japan.  No prior film experience or knowledge of Japanese or Japanese film is required. 

Note: Group Airfare will be arranged for this program. ​



Location: Tokyo, Japan

NY departure and return dates: January 1-24, 2015

Arrive in Tokyo January 2nd for transfer to Culture Program site

Course: 3
 credits, Media Studies

Faculty: The Film Academy at Magic Hour

Housing: Dormitory style with communal bathrooms and showers

                            Program Costs:

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3403 

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduate): $780

Queens College program fee: $400 

Travel insurance: $37 

Consolidated fee (includes Housing and Lab fees): $1396

Japan student fee: $250

Tuition differential: $540

Total cost with airfare: $4703

Airfare: $1300 (estimate)

Additional costs

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $600)

 Application Deadline: October 27, 2014

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
King Hall, Room 207
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad​

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