The Japanese Film Festival: 2012 Eiga Sai

Philippines-Japan Friendship Month Opens on July 5 with Eiga Sai—The Japanese Film Festival

Enjoy free screenings of much-awaited contemporary Japanese films in July and August at the 2012 Eiga Sai. Presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines, ClickTheCity.com and NET 25 TV. An invitational screening of the film ‘Villain’ on July 5 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, EDSA, Mandaluyong City is the kick-off event for the festivity.

Villain is a gritty social critique drama directed by Lee Sang-il, director of the multi-award film—Hula Girls. Eri Fukatsu who won the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival 2010 and Japan Academy Prize 2011 for her role (Mitsuyo), takes on challenging and heated love scenes, playing a woman on the run with a murderer. Satoshi Tsumabuki (Yuichi) runs away after killing a woman (Yoshino) he met on a dating website. While the families of the victim and the assailant are left in agony, Mitsuyo becomes increasingly entangled in her relationship with Yuichi. The film was based on the novel “Akunin” by Shuichi Yoshida published in April 2007.

The film has also enjoyed successful runs at various international film festivals and emerged as one of the most acclaimed films from Japan in 2010, earning 15 nominations from the Japan Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture, Director and a variety of acting affirmations.

Completing this year’s roster of exciting films to be featured are the PEAK –The RescuersRailways, Happy FlightTomorrow’s JoeIn His ChartColorfulAbacus And SwordPermanent Nobara, and Ninja Kids.

All films will be shown in 35mm format with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the

  • Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 (July 5 to 15)
  • Gaisano South Citimall, Davao City (July 20 to 22)
  • Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 7 to 12)
  • UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 15 to 21)

Screening Schedules

SHANG CINEPLEX CINEMA 4 EDSA, Mandaluyong City

JULY 5 (Thursday) – Opening Night by Invitation at Cinema 2

  • Villain 7:00 PM

JULY 6 (Friday)

  • Railways 2:00 PM
  • Permanent Nobara 4:30 PM
  • PEAK – The Rescuers 7:00 PM

JULY 7 (Saturday)

  • Ninja Kids 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • Happy Flight 7:00 PM

JULY 8 (Sunday)

  • Colorful 2:00 PM
  • In His Chart 4:30 PM
  • Abacus and Sword 7:00 PM

JULY 9 (Monday)

  • PEAK – The Rescuers 2:00 PM
  • Railways 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

JULY 10 (Tuesday)

  • Happy Flight 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • Colorful 7:00 PM

JULY 11 (Wednesday)

  • Ninja Kids 2:00 PM
  • Permanent Nobara 4:30 PM
  • In His Chart 7:00 PM

JULY 12 (Thursday)

  • Abacus and Sword 2:00 PM
  • Railways 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

JULY 13 (Friday)

  • Tomorrow’s Joe 2:00 PM
  • Happy Flight 4:30 PM
  • PEAK – The Rescuers 7:00 PM

JULY 14 (Saturday)

  • Permanent Nobara 2:00 PM
  • Ninja Kids 4:30 PM
  • In His Chart 7:00 PM

JULY 15 (Sunday)

  • Abacus and Sword 2:00 PM
  • Colorful 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

UP FILM INSTITUTE, UP-Diliman, Quezon City

AUGUST 15 (Wednesday)

  • PEAK – The Rescuers 2:00 PM
  • Abacus and Sword 4:30 PM
  • Railways 7:00 PM

AUGUST 16 (Thursday)

  • Ninja Kids 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • In His Chart 7:00 PM

AUGUST 17 (Friday)

  • Colorful 2:00 PM
  • Happy Flight 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

AUGUST 18 (Saturday)

  • Permanent Nobara 2:00 PM
  • Tomorrow’s Joe 4:30 PM
  • Railways 7:00 PM

AUGUST 20 (Monday)

  • Abacus and Sword 2:00 PM
  • In His Chart 4:30 PM
  • Permanent Nobara 7:00 PM

AUGUST 21 (Tuesday)

  • PEAK – The Rescuers 2:00 PM
  • Colorful 4:30 PM
  • Villain 7:00 PM

For screening schedules in Cebu & Davao and information about the films, check out the 2012 Eiga Sai Flyer. This press release is from the JFMO website.

If you ask me, after reading the synopsis of each film, I’m excited to watch all of them. Take your pick and mark your calendars 😉

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