Japan became a major center for quality cinema in the 1950s when directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu burst onto the world film scene. Since then, Japan has been a source of great movies. In recent years a new group of Japanese directors have come along, including another Kurosawa, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation Akira).
The first Japanese film festival in Israel, called the Aki-Nu (Autumn) Festival, is running until the end of the month at the cinematheques in Holon, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Herzliya and Jerusalem. The dates and selection are slightly different at each cinematheque.