It’s Japanese Film Festival month once again. Also known as the Eiga Sai, it marks another milestone as it is now on its 20th year anniversary. Just as expected in the past years, Eiga Sai 2017 is filled with a roster of award winning films that will take audiences through decades of Japanese cinema in various genres.
Brace yourselves to see acclaimed drama, comedy, animated and suspense films at Eiga Sai from July 7 to 16 ar the Shangri-la Cineplex Cinema 2.
For film enthusiasts, don’t miss the chance to hear Ryota Nakano, director and writer of Her love boils Bathwater as he gives a director’s talk on July 8. His film, Her Love boils Bathwater is a winner of several prestigious Japanese movie awards. It’s a poignant story about a terminally ill lady ho persevered to reconcile her family during the last periods of her life.
Tickets are at Php100 at Shang Cineplex for each film screenings except on July 14, all screenings are FREE of charge on a first come, first served basis.
Movie Line Up
HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER
2016 | Drama, Children / Family, Feature | Rated PG | 125 min
A poignant story of a terminally ill matriach (Futaba, played by Miyazawa Rie) who determinedly sets out to reconcile her family during the last remaining weeks of her life.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan Now; 2016 Busan International Film Festival, A Window on Asian Cinema; 2016 Montreal Work Film Festival, Focus on World Cinema.
The Anthem of the Heart
2015 | Animation, Drama, Children/Family | Rated PG | 119 min
An animated film about a young girl who loses her ability to speak because of a traumatic incident in her childhood. However, her outlook on life changes as she discovers the magic of music and friendship.
2016 | Documentary | Rated PG | 110 min
Filmed over 16 months, it closely chronicles this center of Japanese food culture as it prepares to be moved to a different location.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 Seattle International Film Festival, Culinary Cinema; 2016 Montreal World Film Festival; 2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival, Culinary Cinema.
ASIAN THREE-FOLD MIRROR 2016: REFLECTIONS
2016 | Drama | Rated R13 | 118 min
Produced by the Japan Foundation and the Tokyo International Film Festival, Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections is an omnibus film which brings together three acclaimed directors who each created a segment following the theme “Living Together in Asia.”
The Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza directs SHINIUMA Dead Horse, a film about an illegal Filipino immigrant in Japan who is deported back to the Philippines. Upon his return home, he discovers that his family has dispersed long ago and there’s no place for him to stay. Pigeon by Isao Yukisada focuses on an elderly Japanese man who is emotionally distant from his son and chooses to live in solitude on an estate in Malaysia, where he soon forms a bond with his new caretaker. Beyond the Bridge, set against the backdrop of the Cambodian civil war and the history of the Cambodia-Japan Friendship bridge, tells the love story between a Japanese architect and a Cambodian woman whom he ends up leaving behind.
IF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD
2016 | Feature | Rated PG | 102 min
The film depicts a postman diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor who strikes a deal with the devil to prolong his life in exchange for making things vanish from the world.
2015 | Drama, Feature | Rated PG | 113 min
Sweet Bean is about a dorayaki shop owner who meets an elderly woman, Tokue, with her own wonderful recipe for the pancake-like snack filled with red bean paste. Their newfound partnership and booming business, however, is threatened when an unkind rumor drives Tokue away.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard; 2015 Cork Film Festival, Audience Award; 2015 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Performance; 2015 Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Audience Award; 2015 Valladolid International Film Festival, Best Director; 2015 Valletta Film Festival, Best Film & Best Actress.
THE MAGNIFICENT NINE
2016 | Comedy, Drama, Feature, Historical | Rated PG | 129 min
A comic tale where nine merchants try to use their with and wealth to save their town from poverty and the feudal lord’s harsh taxes without getting caught – or worse – executed.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 – Toronto International Film Festival, Opening Film, Japan Cuts, Camera Japan Festival.
2016 | Drama, Feature, Thriller | Rated R13 | 130 min
Film adaptation of Maekawa Yutaka’s mystery novel detailing the intertwining double enigmas of an unsolved missing family case and an odd, neighboring family.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 – Berlin International Film Festival, Special Gala; Hong Kong International Film Festival, Gala Section; Udine Far East Film Festival, Competition; Seattle International Film Festival, Nippon Connection; Shanghai International Film Festival; New York Asian Film Festival; Fantasia International Film Festival, Cheval Noir Competition; Helsinki International Film Festival.
THE LONG EXCUSE
2016 | Feature | Rated R13 | 124 min
A bestselling author discovers the joys of living for others after his wife dies. After faking the part of a bereaved husband (he was cheating on his wife at the time of the accident), he meets Yoichi and his children who show him the genuine connections he hasn’t experienced before.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Special Presentations; 2016 Busan International Film Festival, A Window on Asian Cinema; 2016 Rome Film Fest.
2008 | Drama, Feature | Rated R13 | 130 min | 35mm
The film follows a young failed cellist who stumbles across work as a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. Despite the crushing social prejudice, he eventually earns respect for the dignity of his work.
Film Festivals, Awards: 81st Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film; The World Film Festival Montreal 2008 Grand Prix; Hawaii International Film Festival 2008 Audience Award; Golden Rooster Awards 2008 Audience Award (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor).
IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD
2016 | Animation | Rated PG | 130 min
Mai Mai Miracle director, Katabuchi Sunao, adapts Kouno Fumiya’s comic to an animated feature films that captures that experiences of a feisty young housewife as she fights for happiness and a normal life in the midst of World War II.
Film Festivals, Awards: 40th Japan Academy film prize, Animation of the Year award; Hiroshima International Film Festival 2016, Peace Film award; Osaka Cinema Festival 2016, Japanese Film Best 10; Anima Brussels Animation Film Festival 2016, in competition; Annecy 2017, Official selection; LA Film Festival 2017, Official selection.
CHIHAYAFURUPart.1 and CHIHAYAFURU Part.2
2016 | Feature | Rated PG | 111 min (part 1), 103 min (part 2)
A wonderful story about friends brought together by their passion for the traditional Japanese card game of Karuta. Determined to be the best, Chihaya forms a competitive Karuta club with Taichi to prove that the game is more than just about old customs and to hopefully reunite with their estranged friend Arata.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 – Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, World Fantastic Blue, Fantasia International Film Festival.
THE MOHICAN COMES HOME
2016 | Feature | Rated R13 | 125 min
Eikichi, the vocalist of a little-known death metal bad, has decided to marry his pregnant girlfriend, Yuka. He returns to his family home in Tobi Island after several years. However, his headstrong father, Osamu, collapses and is diagnosed with cancer.
WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY!
2016 | Comedy, Drama, Feature | Rated PG | 108 min
A heartwarming comedy about an elderly couple who sends their family in panic when they suddenly decided to end their marriage of 50 years.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan Now; 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival, Officially Recommended; 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival.
2016 } Comedy, Drama, Feature, Thriller | Rated R13 | 117 min
A thriller about a lonely swimming pool lifeguard who accompanies his colleague to a neighboring town plagued by an epidemic.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, Japanese Cinema Splash.
2015 | Feature | Rated PG | 120 min
Bakuman portrays the gifted illustrator Moritaka who used to be afraid of working to death much like his manga artist uncle, until he met the aspiring writer Akito. The two of them team up as manga artists to realize their dreams of writing for the biggest name in manga publications.
SADAKO VS. KAYAKO
2016 | Feature | Rated R13 | 99 min
The Ring faes off with The Grudge. After university student Natsumi watches the infamous cursed video tape, she only has two days to live before Sadako kills her. Her only chance of survival is to pit Sadako against Kayako, a vengeful spirit in a haunted house.
Film Festivals, Awards: 2016 MOTELX Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Room Service; 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Midnight Madness; 2016 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Midnight X-Tream; 2016 San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, Official Section.
MEMORIES OF YOU
1988 | Drama, Feature | Rated PG | 104 min | 16mm
University student Akira Kamijo encounters Yumi Hirose, the little girl he used to tutor. Diagnosed with leukemia, and with only six months to live Yumi admits how much she wants to survive her illness to be with Akira.
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