2016 Theatre Festival joins the Festival of
"Cinema", "Down Town" and "Comedy"

Festival Objective

 In November 2008, Taito City, Tokyo celebrated the birth of the Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival (abbreviated in Japanese to SHITA COME), Japan’s first full-scale international film festival specializing solely in comedy. The Comedy Film Festival more lively is held also this year.

 By conceptualizing 3 ideas-Cinema, Down Town and Comedy, SHITA COME aspires to be a unique film festival where filmmakers, comedians, local residents and comedy-film fans can partake to share laughter and excitement together - a truly rare opportunity in the capital region of Japan.

 Taking place in Ueno, home to one of the biggest cultural-arts complexes in the nation, and Asakusa, known as the cradle land of Japanese comedy where good old folk cultures are kept alive, SHITA COME spotlights comedies not merely as entertainment to provide people with laughter, but also as a multifaceted art form which is entertaining, cultural, historical and social.

 Under the skillful production of Seiko Ito, a creator and Asakusa resident who has distinguished himself in Japanese cultural fields covering literature, music, theater and TV, we schedule the very best comedies of different styles, from various eras, and from a variety of countries to satisfy comedy-film lovers of all generations.

 There are innumerable film festivals held throughout the world today, but by adding this unique contribution, as a film festival specializing solely in comedy, we truly hope to act as a bridge between comedy-film fans in Japan and other areas of the world while promoting the charming qualities of “Down Town” Tokyo.

The Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival [General Information]
Appellation The 9th Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival
(Japanese Abbr. "SHITA COME")
Festival Dates 16 - 19 September 2016 (Fri - Mon/National Holiday)
[Ueno Area]

Tokyo National Museum Heiseikan /
Shinobazu Pond Waterside Music Hall

[Asakusa Area] Asakusa Public Hall /
Kaminari 5656 Kaikan Tokiwa Hall
Hosted by Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival Executive Committee
Planning and operations Tokyu Recreation Co., Ltd.
Contact Down Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival Operational Office
About Ueno & Asakusa


Ueno Onshi Park was the first park created in Japan and is widely known for its cultural-arts complex with first-rate facilities situated around its 530,000-square-meter site; the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and the National Museum of Western Art are all located within the park. With consideration to the characteristics of the area, we emphasize the artistic aspects of comedy at Ueno.



The history of Japanese film show-business overlaps that of Asakusa. In 1903, the Denki-Kan (Electric Hall) opened in Asakusa as the first permanent film theater in the nation. In 1929, two American talkies, Marching On and a short film on Hawaiian dancers were first screened in Asakusa, reiterating its significance during the transition from silent films to talkies. In addition, since the early 20th century, Asakusa has been the east Mecca of Japanese comedy, where many of the best Japanese comedians built their early reputations, including such people as Kenichi Enomoto, Kiyoshi Atsumi, Kinichi Hagimoto, and Takeshi Kitano.


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History of festival
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