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Watch 20 Japanese films at EIGASAI 2017

The Japan Foundation is bringing 20 Japanese films in its 20th EIGASAI or Japanese Film Festival and includes special guests from Japan.  The festival officially opens on July 6 with the screening of a must watch heartwarming and surprising film, HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER.  The screening will also feature the film's director, Ryota Nakato and we are sure that you want to ask him tons of questions after watching the film.

Restrospective Film Showcase in EIGASAI 2017

This years Japanese Film Festival gives 3 films which had been shown during the first EIGASAI and includes THE STING OF DEATH and MEMORIES OF YOU.  The third film is DEPARTURES, one of the most well received films in the history of EIGASAI.


DEPARTURES (おくりびと Okuribito) is also the recepient of the 81st Academy Award for Best Foreign Language winner and one of the most well-received films in the history of EIGASAI.  The other 2 are both 16mm films which is first screen in 1997.   THE STING OF DEATH (死の棘 Shi no toge) directed by Kohei Oguri, the Grand Prix du Jury winner at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, and MEMORIES OF YOU (ラブ・ストーリーを君に Love story wo kimi ni) 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.


EIGASAI 2017 Films

EAIGASAI or The Japanese Film Festival is a way of celebrating Philippines-Japan Friendship Month which starts July 1 up to August 29, 2017.  20 films of various genres are selected to be screened in over 100 screenings across six major cities nationwide which includes Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao and Bacolod.

POOLSIDEMAN  (プールサイドマン Poolsideman), winner of the Best Picture Award in the Japanese Cinema Splash at the Tokyo International will be screened at the CCP.  This is in support of the partnership between CCP and Hapan Foundation towards independent filmmakers.  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.

EAIGASAI 2017 is now part of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s unified Japanese Film Festival held around Southeast Asia and Pacific Region.  There will be 20 films of different genres of films from animation, drama, comedy, documentary, to horror,  Among the 20 films, 17 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.

Tagalized BAKUMAN
Tagalized SADAKO vs KAYAKO

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.

Japanese Film Festival EIGASAI 2017 Screenings

In addition to the cinema partners from last year, JFF | EIGASAI 2017 is expanding its reach and impact in the wider region by adding cinemas in Bacolod and Iloilo, and extending the festival period till the end of August.  Here are the screening schedule for various cities:

  • CCP Dream Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City (July 1 and August 5, 10 and 11)
  • Shang Cineplex Cinema, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City (July 6-16)
  • 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)
  • FDCP Cinematheque-Iloilo, Iloilo City (August 25-29).

EIGASAI 2017 Japanese Film Festival Manila Schedule

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.

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