Almost all research on film in Java during WWII focus on work by Japanese film-makers in cooperation with Indonesian assistants and actors, always framed in terms of Japanese war propaganda efforts and training for Indonesian film-makers. This includes the films made by the Jakarta branch of Nihon Eigasha, which have been preserved in the Netherlands. On the other hand, the films actually screened in Java at that time have rarely been considered, only a tiny number of studies even note the censorship conducted by military authorities by way of orders or policies. The films produced and distributed under the Japanese administration were clearly not enough to fulfil the demand in the cinemas of Java, especially during the first year of the war. The shortage of films was thus covered with films already circulating in Java before the war, ones made in China, Germany, and Italy. In addition, they also screened films of the Netherlands and other allied countries, after censorship, of course. This paper will explore those films screened in Java during the war, and the practice of film censorship in contrast with other military policies. While these foreign films were not preserved after the war, it is possible to obtain relatively complete data through local newspapers such as Jawa Shinbun (in Japanese), as well as the Malay language daily newspapers Asia Raya, Soeara Asia, Kung Yung Pao, Pembangoen, Warta Perniagaan, and Sinar Baroe.