The Japanese Film Festival (JFF), more known in the Philippines as EIGASAI, will be held all around the country from July 4 to August 26. First launched in 1997 in celebration of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month, the 21st EIGASAI will feature a wide variety of films, as well as guests from Japan for special talks and discussions.
This year’s festival will feature a total of 15 full-length feature films. Fans around the Metro can watch the films at Ateneo de Manila University (July 4 to 6), Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 (July 4 to 8), Cinematheque Centre Manila (August 5), Cultural Center of the Philippines (August 4 to 17), and Cine Adarna at the University of the Philippines – Diliman (August 15-18).
Screenings will also be held on SM City Davao (July 12 to 15), Ateneo de Naga University (July 26), SM City Naga (July 27 to 29), SM City Bacolod (August 9 to 12), and Ayala Center Cebu (August 23 to 26).
With the exception to Greenbelt 1, admission is free on a first come, first served basis. Those who are planning to watch at Greenbelt 1 have to pay a minimal fee of P100 for the tickets. People can buy tickets online or at the cinema ticket booth starting June 27.
A number of Director Talks will also be held together with the film screenings. Chihayafuru director Koizumi Nori will be having a talk on July 6 at the Ateneo de Manila University and on July 7 at Greenbelt 1, Cinema 2. Of Love & Law director Toda Hikaru will also be having a talk on August 4 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and on August 5 at Cinematheque Center Manila. Hirata Oriza of When the Curtain Rises will be having a one-time talk on August 17 at the UP Film Institute.
Here are the featured films for this year’s Japanese Film Festival:
Chihayafuru | Chihaya (Suze Hirose), Taichi (Nomura Shuhei) and Arata (Mackenyu) are childhood friends, bound by their passion for “competitive karuta (Japanese traditional playing cards).” Chihaya and Taichi are reunited in high school, and together, they form the “Competitive Karuta Club” to train and compete in the national championship. The film festival will screen all 3 parts of Chihayafuru.
Full screening schedule can be found on the official Japan Foundation site.