What You Need To Know About This Year’s EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival
EIGASAI is the yearly Japanese Film Festival that the Japan Foundation stages in the Philippines. This year, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 films of various genres selected for more than 100 screenings across
EIGASAI is the yearly Japanese Film Festival that the Japan Foundation stages in the Philippines. This year, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 films of various genres selected for more than 100 screenings across six major cities nationwide. The length of the festival period, number of venues and screenings have also increased in line with the celebration. It will run from Saturday, July 1, in honor of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, to August 29, 2017. Bacolod and Iloilo will also now be able to join in the fun and get their first taste of EIGASAI.
The opening night on July 6, 2017 will feature the screening of Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu o wakasu hodo no atsui ai) at the Shang Cineplex to be graced by this year’s special guest director Ryota Nakano, who is also scheduled to hold talks for filmmakers and the general public during his stay in the Philippines to talk about both his career and the making of his successful first commercial film Her Love Boils Bathwater.
There will be a special encore screening of Departures, the 81st Academy Award for Best Foreign language winner and one of the most well-received films in the history of EIGASAI. Two rare 16mm film screened at the first Japanese Film Festival in 1997: The Sting Of Death directed by Kohei Oguri, the Grand Prix du Jury winner at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, and Memories Of You directed by Shinichiro Sawai, will revive on July 1 at the birthplace of Japanese Film Festival, CCP, serving as a prelude to the grand opening night on July 6 at the Shangri-La Plaza.
A long-lasting partnership with the CCP and the Japan Foundation’s support towards independent filmmakers bring forth again the screening of Japanese independent film: Poolsideman, winner of the Best Picture Award in the Japanese Cinema Splash at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016. Hirobumi Watanabe, director of the film will also be present at his Philippine premier during the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August, an allied festival of JFF | EIGASAI since last year.
For the 20th edition, EIGASAI is part of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s unified Japanese Film Festival held around Southeast Asia and Pacific region, and together with the Japan Foundation, Manila, different genres of films from animation, drama, comedy, documentary, to horror, were curated with a total of 20 titles — 17 of which are with English subtitles and three are dubbed in Tagalog, offering Japanese Film lovers the chance to experience their favorite genre while discovering something new. For the first time in the history of the JFF, not just one, but three movies dubbed in Tagalog will be featured.
As with the previous years, EIGASAI 2017 will also have its provincial run in Baguio, Cebu and Davao. Screening venues are: CCP Dream Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City (July 1 and August 5, 10 and 11) Shang Cineplex Cinema, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City (July 6-6), UP Film Institute, UP-Diliman, Quezon City (August 16-19), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Ayala, Davao City (July 21-23), FDCP Cinematheque-Davao, Davao City (July 26-30), Ayala Center Cebu Cinema, Cebu City (August 2-6), SM City Baguio Cinema, Baguio City (August 10-13), SM City Bacolod Cinema, Bacolod City (August 24-27), and FDCP Cinematheque-Iloilo, Iloilo Ciy (August 25-29).
Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, except the screenings at Shang Cineplex Cinema which will be PHP 100 per one film screening.
JFF | EIGASAI 2017 is generously supported by Shangri-La Plaza, Shang Cineplex, UP Film Institute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SM Supermalls, SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Sa Lubong-Baguio, Cordillera Green Network, JT International (Philippines) Inc., Viva Communications Inc., Tagalized Movie Channel (TMC), Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Akira, SumoSam and Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.
Check out the schedules and the mini descriptions of the different films to warm you up for this year’s EIGASAI below!
For more details, follow the official JFF | EIGASAI Facebook page: @eigasaiPH