2016 proved to be a record year at the Japanese box office. Revenues reached 235.5 billion yen and the number of moviegoers exceeded 180 million for the first time in 42 years. Blockbusters like SHIN GODZILLA and YOUR NAME led the way, but even beyond mainstream hits, filmmakers demonstrated the creativity of Japanese cinema. HARMONIUM and THE LONG EXCUSE present exciting variations on the family drama, whereas I AM A HERO and DESTRUCTION BABIES approach their themes from a genre viewpoint. You can always trust Japanese directors to deliver fresh takes on familiar materials. All of this and Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Revival to boot! The audience bestows the NIPPON CINEMA AWARD upon their favorite film. The prize of 2,000 € is sponsored by Bankhaus Metzler from Frankfurt.