June 07, 2016

EIGASAI returns with its best line-up to date!

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  • Prepare for a deluge of the best of Japanese culture as the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) bring you a bigger EIGASAI 2016, from July 7 to August 21!


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    EIGASAI IS BACK! It’s also bigger than ever, with the best film adaptations of Japanese novels! Best of all, it’s FREE!


    This year’s EIGASAI will feature award-winning film adaptations of some of Japan’s best fiction and non-fiction novels written by their most prolific writers.


    Masato HARADA

    AWARD-WINNING FILM DIRECTOR Masato Harada will be on hand to talk about two of his films: The Emperor in August and Kakekomi.


    Leading the way is a one-time screening of award-winning director Masato Harada’s The Emperor in August (2015), a period film based on Hando Kazutoshi’s non-fiction novel “Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi: Ketteiban.” The film reveals the pain and suffering of the Japanese who put their lives on the line to end the Pacific War and achieve peace. The Emperor in August will be shown on July 8 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines – Little Theater.

    Two more of Harada’s films will be shown throughout the festival: Kakekomi (2015) and Chronicle of My Mother (2011). Both are film adaptations of the works of one of Japan’s greatest playwrights, Inoue Yasushi.

    Kakekomi follows a novice doctor and playwright and the unlikely events he gets caught up in while trying to help two women get out of their marriages. Chronicle of My Mother is an autobiographical novel by Yasushi that tells the tale of Kosaku and how he reconnects with his now-senile mother.

    Harada will grace the initial screening of Kakekomi at the Shang Cineplex on July 7, who will hold two Director’s Talks during his stay. The first Director’s Talk will take place after the screening of The Emperor in August at the Cultural Center of the Philippines – Little Theater. The second will be on July 9 at the Shang Cineplex Cinema two, after the screening of Kakekomi.

    JFM has also partnered with Cinemalaya, the country’s largest independent film festival, to bring you two Japanese independent films by up-and-coming Japanese directors Hiroshi Shoji and Ryutaro Nakagawa: Ken and Kazu (2015) and August in Tokyo (2014), which will be shown during the Cinemalaya Film Festival.



    THE FULL LINE-UP. EIGASAI 2016 brings you the best of Japan’s films, including an animated film (The Boy and The Beast) and a Japanese film set in the Philippines (Crossroads).


    Other films which will be shown throughout the festival are:

    • The Boy and The Beast (Mamoru Hosoda, 2015)

    • Our Little Sister (Akimi Yoshida, 2015)

    • The Great Passage (Yuya Ishii, 2013)

    • Flying Colors (Nobuhiro Doi, 2015)

    • The Little House (Yoji Yamada, 2014)

    • Pale Moon (Daihachi Yoshida, 2014)

    • Crossroads (Junichi Suziki, 2015)

    You can catch all of these great films at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 7 – 17), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (July 8, August 6, 9, 10, and 12), and the UP Film Institute (August 17 – 20).

    You can also catch EIGASAI 2016 at the Abreeza Mall Cinema (July 22 – 24) and FDCP Cinematheque (July 26 – 30) in Davao City, SM Baguio Cinema (August 11 – 14) and FDCP Cinematheque (August 15) in Baguio City, and the Ayala Center Cebu Cinema (August 17 – 21) in Cebu City.

    Click here to view the festival schedule. For updates, visit The Japan Foundation Manila page on Facebook. Also, don’t forget to use the official hashtags #EIGASAI2016 and #JFmanila.


    What: EIGASAI 2016

    Where: July 7 – August 21, 2016

    Different Venues

    Free Admission


    Source: The Japan Foundation Manila Press Release, Shangri-La Plaza Press Release

    All photos courtesy of their respective production companies via JFM

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