The Japan Foundation, Manila enhances Eiga Sai with Director Talks, expansion of screenings to Baguio, and an alliance with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for its highly-anticipated annual film festival.
JFM’s first ever partnership with the Cinemalaya brings forth the screening of two Japanese independent films: Ken and Kazu （『ケンとカズ』）and August in Tokyo（『愛の小さな歴史』）as part of its Asian Showcase. Director Hiroshi Shoji himself is joining the festivities at the Philippine premier of his award-winning film Ken and Kazu (Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture Award, 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival) on August 6.
The first ever EIGASAI was held in 1997. A year short of celebrating its 20th year, the film festival’s main organizer the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)—in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan—is pulling out all the stops in making this year’s installment remarkable to commemorate two different milestones: 60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship and JFM’s 20th Anniversary.
Running from July 7 to August 21, featuring more than 80 screenings, EIGASAI kicks off with the screening of KAKEKOMI (『駆込み女と駆出し男』) at the Shang Cineplex on July 7 to be graced by its esteemed director, Masato Harada, who is also scheduled to hold two Director’s Talks during his stay in the Philippines.
On July 8, to celebrate the launch of EIGASAI and Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival as allied festivals, there will be a one-time special screening of Director Harada’s film: The Emperor in August（『日本のいちばん長い日』）at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Cultural Center of the Philippines – Little Theater), followed by the Director’s Talk, where he shares his experience and knowledge about the art of and his career in filmmaking. His second Director’s Talk, focusing on the making of KAKEKOMI, will be held at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 on July 9. KAKEKOMI confirms Harada’s growing global recognition as a directorial guru with his first jidaigeki (samurai period film) which was received favorably by international critics and became a box-office success last year. Another film of his, Chronicle of My Mother （『わが母の記』）is also included in this year’s line-up.
Another first for EIGASAI this year is its screenings not just in one but two locations in Baguio City—SM Baguio Cinema and FDCP Cinematheque. As with the previous years, the film festival will also have its provincial run in Davao and Cebu.
The Japan Foundation, Manila carefully curated a total of twelve films with English subtitles. In addition to the above mentioned films, this year’s EIGASAI line-up includes: Crossroads （『クロスロード』）, Flying Colors （『ビリギャル』）, Our Little Sister （『海街diary』）, Pale Moon （『紙の月』）, The Boy and the Beast （『バケモノの子』）, The Great Passage （『舟を編む』）and The Little House （『小さいおうち』）.
All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission process may differ according to venues. Screening venues are at the following:
July 7 – 17: Shang Cineplex Cinema 2
July 22 – 24: Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao
July 26 – 30: FDCP Cinematheque, Davao
July 8, August 6, 9, 10, and 12: Cultural Center of the Philippines
August 11 – 14: SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City
August 15: FDCP Cinematheque Baguio
August 17 – 21: Ayala Center Cebu
August 17 – 20: UP Film Institute, UP Diliman
Read more for the complete screening schedules, trailers, synopses and movie info: https://cinemabravo.com/2016/06/07/guide-eiga-sai-2016-the-18th-japanese-film-festival/