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EIGASAI 2016 Starts Today!

EIGASAI 2016 Packs Extra Punch!
Opens on July 7 with the Brilliant Period Film KAKEKOMI

The Japan Foundation, Manila enhances the Director Talks, expands screenings to Baguio and partners with the Cinemalaya for its highly-anticipated annual film festival

The first ever EIGASAI was held in 1997. A year short of celebrating its 20th year, the film festival’s main organizer the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)—in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan—is pulling out all the stops in making this year’s installment remarkable to commemorate two different milestones: 60 Years of Philippines-Japan Friendship and JFM’s 20th Anniversary.

Running from July 7 to August 21 featuring more than 80 screenings, EIGASAI 2016 kicks off with the screening of KAKEKOMI 『駆込み女と駆出し男』  at the Shang Cineplex on July 7 to be graced by its esteemed director, Masato Harada, who is also scheduled to hold two Director’s Talks during his stay in the Philippines.

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Director Masato Harada

On July 8, to celebrate the launch of EIGASAI and Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival as allied festivals, there will be a one-time special screening of Director Harada’s film: The Emperor in August 日本のいちばん長い日 』  at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Cultural Center of the Philippines – Little Theater), followed by the Director’s Talk, where he shares his experience and knowledge about the art of and his career in filmmaking. His second Director’s Talk, focusing on the making of KAKEKOMI, will be held at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 on July 9. KAKEKOMI confirms Harada’s growing global recognition as a directorial guru with his first jidaigeki (samurai period film) which was received favorably by international critics and became a box-office success last year. Another film of his, Chronicle of My Mother 『わが母の記』 is also included in this year’s line-up.

JFM’s first ever partnership with the Cinemalaya brings forth the screening of two Japanese independent films: Ken and Kazu 『ケンとカズ』 and August in Tokyo 『愛の小さな歴史』as part of its Asian Showcase. Director Hiroshi Shoji himself is joining the festivities at the Philippine premier of his award-winning film Ken and Kazu (Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture Award, 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival) on August 6.

Another first for EIGASAI 2016 is its screenings not just in one but two locations in Baguio City—SM Baguio Cinema and FDCP Cinematheque. As with the previous years, the film festival will also have its provincial run in Davao and Cebu.

The Japan Foundation, Manila carefully curated a total of twelve films with English subtitles. In addition to the above mentioned films, EIGASAI 2016’s line-up includes: Crossroads クロスロード』, Flying Colors 『ビリギャル』, Our Little Sister 『海街 diary』, Pale Moon 『紙の月』, The Boy and the Beastバケモノ の子』, The Great Passage舟を編む』and The Little House 『小さいおうち』. The a full playlist of each of the film trailers are here. For the film synopsis, as well as the screening and talk schedules, please refer to the EIGASAI 2016 e-Flyer here. Updates will also be posted on the JFM Facebook.

All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission process may differ according to venues. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 7 to 17), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao (July 22 to 24), FDCP Cinematheque, Davao (July 26 to 30), Cultural Center of the Philippines (July 8, August 6, 9, 10 and 12), SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City (August 11 to 14), FDCP Cinematheque Baguio (August 15), Ayala Center Cebu (August 17 to 21), and UP Film Institute (August 17 to 20).

EIGASAI 2016 is generously supported by Shangri-La Plaza, Shang Cineplex, UP Film Institute, Cultural Center of the Philippines, SM Supermalls, SM Baguio City, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japanese Association of Northern Luzon, Sa Lubong-Baguio, Cordillera Green Network, JT International (Philippines) Inc., Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Muji, Watami, Crystal Cup Ozeki Philippines, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas.



About EIGASAI, the Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival, widely known and appreciated in the Philippines as EIGASAI, is presented and run by the Japan Foundation, Manila. It is an established, free annual event held in July to celebrate Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. Launched in 1997, EIGASAI has grown to one of the largest and popular film festivals attracting over 20,000 audiences each year across the Philippines. It showcases a vast variety of cinematic delights from drama, romance, anime, to recently released films in Japan. EIGASAI also brings out guests from Japan for special talks and discussions. In 2016, EIGASAI partners with the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival for the first time.

About CINEMALAYA, Philippine Independent Film Festival

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity. It also aims to invigorate Philippine filmmaking by developing a new breed of Filipino filmmakers. Cinemalaya is a project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc.

About the Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 by special legislation in the Japanese Diet and became an Independent Administrative Institution in October 2003. The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. As the 18th overseas office, the Japan Foundation, Manila was founded in 1996, active in three focused areas: Arts and Culture; Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange; Japanese-Language Education Overseas. For more information please visit our website at

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