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Eiga Sai 2014: Japanese Film Festival


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Once again, we are reeling with excitement for one of the most captivating film festivals of the year.

With this year’s theme of the “Family”, The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) is presenting 16 contemporary Japanese films that deal with various stories of families.

– Homeland –

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The opening film “Homeland” (original title: Ieji) involves a broken family seeking for light and hope in the midst of injustice and desperation. The film was shot in Fukushima which was one of the provinces severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The film was an official selection of the Panorama section in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

– Reunion –

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REUNION” (Itai Asu e no tokakan) features the story of a man engaged in the funeral business who volunteered his services at the temporary morgue in a high school gymnasium after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

– Tamako in Moratorium –

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Starring AKB48’s Atsuko Maeda as Tamako, a lazy young woman who graduated from a Tokyo university, but when she couldn’t find a job she was forced to return to her father’s home in Kofu and does nothing all day but lounge around and eat.

– Until the Break of Dawn –

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Until the Break of Dawn” (Tsunagu) is a heartwarming fantasy adapted from the eponymous novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Tsujimura Mizuki. A young man becomes an apprentice “Tsunagu,” an emissary who can reunite the living with the dead for one time only, and grows through learning about the bonds between people.

Also featuring 2 Animated movies such as:

– Wolf Children –

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Animation film “Wolf Children” (Ookamikodomo no Ame to Yuki) is a feature animation directed by Hosoda Mamoru, whose “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “SUMMER WARS” won numerous awards in Japan and abroad. It follows thirteen years in the lives of a mother and her “wolf children.”

– Symphony in August –

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Based on the life of singer-songwriter Ai Kawashima, following her life after her mother’s death. The story revolves around her journey to make her dream come true to be a singer and, among other things, how she used to perform for free on Tokyo’s streets.

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 3 to 13), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Ayala (July 25 to 27) and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 29 to August 3) and Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 6 to 10).

SHANG CINEPLEX CINEMA 2
SHANGRI-LA PLAZA, EDSA
MANDALUYONG CITY

JULY 3 (THURSDAY)
Homeland (家路) —————————————————————– 7:00 pm

JULY 4 (FRIDAY)
Hospitalité (歓待) ————————————————- —————— 1:30 pm
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ——————– 4:30 pm
Momoiro sora o (ももいろそらを) ———————————————– 7:30 pm

JULY 5 (SATURDAY)
Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ)  ————————————– 1:30 pm
Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) —————————– 4:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) ————————————- 7:30 pm

JULY 6 (SUNDAY)
The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) ————————– 1:30 pm
FLY, DAKOTA, FLY! (飛べ!ダコタ) —————————————– 4:30 pm
A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介) ——————————————– 7:30 pm

JULY 7 (MONDAY)
Kokoro o hitotsuni (心をひとつに) ——————————————— 1:30 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 -長岡花火物 語) ——— 4:30 pm
Symphony in August [ why is this on a Monday 😦 ]
(8 月のシンフォニー ―渋 谷 2002~2003)
————————— 7:30 pm

JULY 8 (TUESDAY)
Things Left Behind (ひろしま 石内都・遺さ れたものたち) ———— 1:30 pm
Momoiro sora o (ももいろそらを)  ———————————————– 4:30 pm
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ——————– 7:30 pm

JULY 9 (WEDNESDAY)
Symphony in August [ why is this on a Wednesday 😦 ]
(8 月のシンフォニー ―渋 谷 2002~2003)
—————————- 1:30 pm
Tug of war! (綱引いちゃった!) ————————————————– 4:30 pm
A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介) ——————————————— 7:30 pm

JULY 10 (THURSDAY)
FLY, DAKOTA, FLY! (飛べ!ダコタ) ——————————————- 1:30 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 -長岡花火物語) ———– 4:30 pm
Hospitalité (歓待) ———————————————————————- 7:30 pm

JULY 11 (FRIDAY)
Tug of war! (綱引いちゃった!) ————————————————— 1:30 pm
The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) ————————— 4:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) ————————————— 7:30 pm

JULY 12 (SATURDAY)
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ———————- 1:30 pm
REUNION (遺体~明日への十日間~) —————————————- 4:30 pm
Homeland (家路) ——————————————————————– 7:30 pm

JULY 13 (SUNDAY)
Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) ——————————– 1:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) —————————————- 4:30 pm
Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ) —————————————– 7:30 pm

For complete details, check out the Eiga Sai Flyer

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.

Genesis goes to Friday Eiga Night


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Last Friday night, we went to see a free film viewing hosted by The Japan Foundation. It was a live-action movie entitled “Quartet!” Directed and Produced by Junichi Mimura and was a part the special screenings of the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival on 2011.

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The free film viewing was held at The Japan Foundation Manila Office inside Pacific Star Bldg. located at Sen. Gil Puyat cor Makati Ave. whereas onlya maximum of 60 people can see the movie due to the limited space available.

The movie was about a dysfunctional family. A son who aims to be a professional violist, a daughter who is in bad terms with her parents, a mother who tries to manage her family, and a father who is unemployed. They decided to create a Family Quartet with the hopes that it will bring their family closer again through music. A heartwarming story of a family full of music. The filming took place at Urayasu City where there was severe damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami back in March of 2011 whereas staff ans civilians worked hard to finish the film.

 

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The place is a “no pictures zone” so we didn’t really get any pictures of the place, but inside there was a library where we loitered around. They have a lot of reading materials such educational books, novels, magazines and an awesome collection of manga with such famous titles.

with my friend and photographer Ralph

with my friend and photographer Ralph

All in all it was awesome and a nice watch. We would like to thank The Japan Foundation for hosting the film viewing. We would love to come by and watch again sometime.