Festival Objective


Last November Taito City, Tokyo celebrated the birth of the Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival (Japanese abbr: SHITA COME). SHITA COME, as Japan’s first full-scale international film festival specializing solely in comedy, welcomed more than 85,000 visitors and its 2nd edition is coming back this September.

By conceptualizing 3 ideas-Cinema, Old 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 Asakusa, known as the cradle land of Japanese comedy where good old folk cultures are kept alive, and Ueno, home to one of the biggest cultural-arts complexes in the nation, 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 “old town” Tokyo.


The Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival [General Information]

Appellation The 2nd Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival
(Japanese Abbr. “SHITA COME”, an affiliated event of  the 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival)
Festival Dates 21 - 25 September 2009 (Mon/Holiday - Fri)
Venues (MAP)
*subject to changes
[Asakusa Area] Asakusa Public Hall/ Asakusa Chuei Theater/ Asakusa Park Hall/ ROX-3 Super Multi Court
[Ueno Area] Tokyo National Museum Heiseikan / Ueno Onshi Park Outdoor Stage (Shinobazu Pond Waterside Music Hall)/ Ueno Tokyu/ Ueno Onshi Park
Hosted by Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival Executive Committee
Presented under the auspices of Japan Tourism Agency/ British Embassy in Japan/ Tokyo Metropolitan Government/ Taito City, Tokyo/ Japan Association for the International Promotion of Moving Images (UNIJAPAN)/ Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc./ Foreign Film Importer-Distributor Association of Japan/ Federation of Japanese Films Industry, Inc./ Tokyo Association of Theater Owners
Sponsored by ASAKUSA HANAYASHIKI/ Shimojima Co., Ltd./ The Asahi Shinkin Bank
Supported by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd./ BANDAI Co., Ltd./ SGRS Inc./ Tokyo Cruise Ship Co., Ltd./ Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association/ Ueno Tourist Federation/ Asakusa Tourist Federation/ Shitaya Tourist Federation/ Asakusa Minami Tourist Federation/ Association of Taito-ku Shopping Malls/ Association of Ueno Shopping Malls/ Cooperative Association of Asakusa Shop Owners / Senso-ji/ Meijiza co.,Ltd./ Tokyo National Museum/ Japan Racing Association WINS Asakusa/ ASAKUSA CHUEI co.,Ltd./ Asakusa ROX/ FedEx Express/ Japan SEI-YU Company Conference/ Chaplin Society of Japan/ Yamaha Corporation/ City Lights
Planning and operations Tokyu Recreation Co., Ltd.
Contact Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival Operational Office

Asakusa & Ueno


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.


For information about sightseeing & events in Ueno & Asakusa

  • Taito City Official Site title=
  • Taito City / ASAKUSA & UENO
  • Taito-ku FilmCommission
  • Taito City Culture Guide Book
  • shimojima
  • The Asahi Shinkin Bank