Posted June 19, 2014 by Mico Orda in Movies/TV

EVENT: Eiga Sai 2014


If you’re craving for a taste of Japanese Cinema, then this year’s Eiga Sai will be coming this July 3 to 25 at Shangrila Cineplex Cinema 2.  Featuring 16 movies that explores the scope and scenery of Japan; and this year’s theme, will focus on “Family”, the Japan foundation will be showcasing 16 contemporary films on Families, emphasizing on values, dynamics and different stories, which will surely captivate the hearts of the audiences.

Homeland, directed by Nao Kuota, tells the story of a broken family seeking hopes against the backdrop of injustice and desperation. Shot in Fukushima, which was one the provinces that was severely affected by the 2011 earthquakes and tsunami. The film was also an official selection on the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Since Family will be the theme for the festival, when it comes to the subject matter, Hirokazu Koreeda is no stranger in this genre, particularly the dynamics of family, such as Nobody Knows(2004), Still Walking(2008) and I Wish(2011). His work on Nobody Knows for example, depicts the struggles on their disappearance of their mother for example. His film, Like Father, Like Son(2013) will be one of the films that will be also screened on Eiga Sai. It follows a successful businessman named Ryota Nonomiya faces dilemma after finding out that his biological son was switched; the film was screened on Cannes Film Festival last year, with Hirokazu Koreeda winning the Jury Prize Award.

Like other foreign film festivals, Eiga Sai will surely deliver a different fresh breath to the audiences because of its scale and scope that manifests the human nuances, vulnerability, and the trials of life and its façade.

All films will be shown on English Language. Aside from Shangrila Cineplex, the festival will also screen on the following cinemas:

  • Abreeza Mall Cinema, Ayala (July 25 to 27)
  • FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 29 to August 3)
  • Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 6 to 10)

For detailed screenings and inquiries, please refer to Japan Foundation, Manila website: www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM at telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58.

About the festival:

The 2014 “Eiga Sai” is presented by The Japan Foundation, Manila in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-la Plaza and Film Development Council of the Philippines, and supported by WAO Corporation, Akira, SumoSam, Shu Uemura, ClickTheCity.com and Net25 TV and Radyo Aguila. The Eiga Sai  is part of the “ Philippines-Japan Friendship Month” celebration.

SOURCE: The Japan Foundation


Mico Orda

A passionate, enthusiastic writer, Mico Orda utilizes his filmmaking skills to keep his writer’s edge. He enjoys a lot of outdoor activities, which juice up his creative juices.