Thursday, July 16, 2015

Eiga Sai - Japanese Film Festival 2015 "Tasteful Japan"

The Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Tokyo International Film Festival, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute and the Film Development Council of the Philippines presents EIGA SAI 2015 with the theme of “Tasteful Japan” featuring the flavourful culinary world of Japan and the contemporary films released in Japan in 2014. Expect a variety of film genres—comedy, feature, documentary, historical dramas and the all-time favorite sci-fi/ fantasy to complete this year’s line-up. Eiga Sai 2015 is generously supported by JT International (Philippines), Akira, SumoSam, Bobson, ClickTheCity.com and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.  

Eiga Sai, the Japanese film festival held annually in Manila and other regions across the country, is set to serve a palatable combo of offerings this year: cinema and gastronomy.

Promoting Japanese arts and culture as well as Japanese language education in the Philippines, the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) will showcase a mix of contemporary films and movies about food at the Eiga Sai, which happens from July 10 to 19, 2015.

“Our Family” is the film adaptation of Kazumasa Hayami’s novel of the same title. It is about the life of a four-member family whose life fall apart until the mother is diagnosed with brain tumor. Giving life to the eldest son of the family is one of Japan’s renowned actors Satoshi Tsumabuki. Its director Yuya Ishii is popular for his work “The Great Passage,” Japan’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

Completing the lineup for this year’s Japanese film fest are the following:

1. Wood Job! (Wood job Kamusari naa naa nichijo)
2. Thermae Romae II (Terumae Romae II)
3. Parasyte (Kiseijuu)
4. A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story (Bushi no kondate)
5. Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime)
6. Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto (Mahoroekimae kyosokyoku)
7. It’s a Beautiful Life – IRODORI (Jinsei irodori)
8. PATISSERIE Coin de rue (Yougashiten koandoru)
9. Wa-shoku ~Beyond Sushi~ (WA-Shoku Dream)

10. The God of Ramen (Ramen yori taisetsuna mono)

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. The following are the screening venues and respective schedules. Check below for the complete screening schedules per venue:

  • July 9 – 19: Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 9 to 19)
  • July 14 – 19: FDCP Cinematheque, Davao
  • July 24 – 26: Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao
  • August 12 – 15: UP Film Institute, UP Diliman
  • August 19 – 23: Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City

For more information, please visit the Japan Foundation, Manila website at www.jfmo.org.ph or call telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58.


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