Eiga Sai 2016 Brings Japanese Literature To The Big Screen [Updated]

Eiga Sai 2016 Brings Japanese Literature To The Big Screen [Updated]

Fans of Eiga Sai are in for a treat as this year marks 60 years of Philippines-Japan friendship and the Japan Foundation, Manila’s 20th anniversary!

Twelve films were carefully curated for this year’s line up. Expect award-winning film adaptations of some of the best fiction and non-fiction novels written by the most prolific Japanese writers, produced between 2011 to 2015.

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The festival will open on July 7 with “KAKEKOMI” (駆込み女と駆出し男 / 2015 / Drama, Comedy / Rated R13 / 143 min), directed by this year’s guest of honor, Masato Harada. This is his first jidaigeki (samurai period film), based on the novel “Tokeiji Hanadayori” by Inoue Yasushi. Set at an actual “divorce temple” in Kamakura, it follows the efforts of a novice doctor and playwright who falls into a whirlwind of events as he tries to help two women get out of their respective marriages.

Complete line up for Eiga Sai 2016

Director Harada’s film adaptation of Inoue Yasushi’s autobiographical novel “Chronicle of My Mother” (わが母の記 / 2011 / Drama, Family / Rated PG / 118 min) traces the roots of the author’s feeling of abandonment after being separated from his parents at a young age, and how this has resonated for most of his adult life.

Provocative and dramatic, Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language film “The Great Passage” (ビリギャル / 2013 / Comedy, Drama, Romance / Rated PG / 133 min), based on the novel by Miura Shion, follows editor Majime’s passio for pursuing the prodigious goal of creating a huge dictionary with over 240,000 entries over a fifteen-year period.

Master filmmaker Yamada Yoji takes on Nakajima Kyoko’s prize-winning novel “The Little House” (小さいおうち / 2014 / Drama, Romance / Rated PG / 136 min). Set against the backdrop of the “Showa Modern” period, the story unravels the full and mysterious account of a scandalous romance.

Pale Moon” (紙の月 / 2014 / Mystery / Rated R13 / 126 min), adapted from popular author Kakuta Mitsuyo’s eponymous novel “The Kirishima Thing” by director Yoshida Daihachi, depicts the downfall of a housewife who falls head over heels in love and into a life of crime.

Revolving around the struggles of a bottom-ranked students of Nagoya High School, “Flying Colors” (ビリギャル / 2015 / Comedy, Coming of Age, Drama, Family / Rated PG / 117 min), a film adaptation of the non-fiction bestseller directed by Doi Nobuhiro, follows Kudo Sayaka’s journey as she attempts to pass the extraordinarily competitive entrance exam for Keio University.

When assistant camera Tatsura Sawada joins the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, he lands in trouble with fellow member Kazunari Hamura. “Crossroads“(クロスロード / 2015 / Rated PG / 103 min), directed by Suzuki Junichi, finds them both dispatched to the Philippines where Tatsura meets siblings Noel and Angela in Baguio. Eight years after, Tatsura meets Kazunari once more, at the Tohoku region where the great earthquake and tsunami occurred.

The feature-length animated film, “The Boy and The Beast” (バケモノの子 / 2015 / Adventure, Drama, Family, Animation / Rated PG / 119 min), based on an original screenplay by Studio Chizu and Hosoda Mamoru, presents the story of Kyuta, who enters into a strange agreement with a beast named Kumatetsu. Along the way, the two gradually create a strong bond equal to that of a true father-son relationship.

In “Our Little Sister” (海街diary / 2015 / Drama, Family / Rated R13 / 126 min), the death of Sachi, Toshino and Chika’s absentee father signals the beginning of a new life filled with joyful discoveries as they travel to the countryside for his funeral, and meet their estranged teenage half-sister, Suzu.

Eiga Sai and Cinemalaya form alliance

Officers of The Japan Foundation Manila and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has signed an agreement that makes Eiga Sai and Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition as allied festivals.

Completing the trio of Director Harada’s film featured for the festival, there will be a one-time special screening of “The Emperor in August” (日本のいちばん長い日 / 2015 / Drama, War / Rated PG / 136 min) on July 8 to celebrate the launch of this partnership. It will be followed by the Director’s Talk, where he shares his experience and knowledge about the art of and his career in film making.

An adaptation of Hando Kazutoshi’s non-fiction novel “Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi: Ketteiban”, it reveals the anguish and deliberations of the Japanese who put their lives to end the Pacific War and achieve peace.

CCP will also host the Philippine premiere of Hiroshi Shoji‘s “Ken and Kazu” (ケンとカズ / 2015 / Action, Adventure, Drama / Rated R13 / 98 min) on August 6, 2016. This award-winning film (Japanese Cinema Splash Best Picture Award, 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival) depicts the conflict between friends who deal with drugs.

For the 12th Cinemalaya Festival on August 5-14, 2016, aside from Shoji’s “Ken and Kazu”, JFM will bring another independent film to be featured in the Cinemalaya’s Asian section: “August in Tokyo” (愛の小さな歴史 / 2014 / Drama, Romance / Rated R13 / 80 min) by Ryutaro Nakagawa. This film portrays the dynamics of people trying to co-exist in nature and in the city; directed by one of the leading up-and-coming filmmakers in Japan and an established poet.

Eiga Sai 2016 Screening Venues and Schedules

All films will be shown with English subtitles. All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but admission process may differ according to venues.

Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City (July 7-17, 2016)

Date Movie Time
July 8 / Friday The Great Passage 1:00 PM
Chronicle of My Mother 4:00 PM
The Little House 7:00 PM
July 9 / Saturday The Boy and The Beast 1:00 PM
August in Tokyo 4:00 PM
KAKEKOMI + Director’s Talk: Masato Harada 7:00 PM
July 10 / Sunday Our Little Sister 1:00 PM
Flying Colors 4:00 PM
Pale Moon 7:00 PM
July 11 / Monday The Great Passage 1:00 PM
Crossroads 4:00 PM
The Little House 7:00 PM
July 12 / Tuesday The Boy and The Beast 1:00 PM
The Great Passage 4:00 PM
Chronicle of My Mother 7:00 PM
July 13 / Wednesday Crossroads 1:00 PM
The Little House 4:00 PM
Flying Colors 7:00 PM
July 14 / Thursday The Boy and The Beast 1:00 PM
Chronicle of My Mother 4:00 PM
Pale Moon 7:30 PM
July 15 / Friday KAKEKOMI 1:00 PM
The Little House 4:00 PM
Crossroads 7:00 PM
July 16 / Saturday The Boy and The Beast 1:00 PM
Our Little Sister 4:00 PM
KAKEKOMI 7:00 PM
July 17 / Sunday Chronicle of My Mother 1:00 PM
Flying Colors 4:00 PM
Pale Moon 7:00 PM

Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (August 6, 9, 10 & 12, 2016)

Date Movie Time
July 8 / Friday / CCP Little Theater The Emperor in August + Director’s Talk: Masato Harada 7:00 PM
Aug 6 / Saturday / CCP Little Theater Ken and Kazu + Director’s Visit: Hiroshi Shoji 6:15 PM
Aug 9 / Tuesday / CCP Little Theater August in Tokyo 9:00 PM
Aug 10 / Wednesday / Tanghalang Huseng Batute Ken and Kazu 3:30 PM
Aug 12 / Friday / Tanghalang Huseng Batute August in Tokyo 3:30 PM

UP Film Institute, UP Diliman, Quezon City (August 17-20, 2016)

Date Movie Time
Aug 17 / Wednesday Flying Colors 1:00 PM
Our Little Sister 4:00 PM
The Great Passage 7:00 PM
Aug 18 / Thursday Chronicle of My Mother 1:00 PM
Crossroads 4:00 PM
August in Tokyo 7:00 PM
Aug 19 / Friday The Boy and The Beast 1:00 PM
KAKEKOMI 4:00 PM
Ken and Kazu 7:00 PM
Aug 20 / Saturday The Boy and The Beast  1:00 PM
The Little House  4:00 PM
Pale Moon  7:00 PM

Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao City (July 22-24, 2016)

Date Movie Time
July 22 / Friday The Great Passage 1:00 PM
The Little House 4:00 PM
KAKEKOMI 7:00 PM
July 23 / Saturday Flying Colors 1:00 PM
Our Little Sister 4:00 PM
Pale Moon 7:00 PM
July 24 / Sunday The Boy and The Beast 1:00 PM
Flying Colors 4:00 PM
The Great Passage 7:00 PM

FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 26-30, 2016)

Date Movie Time
July 26 / Tuesday Crossroads 5:30 PM
July 27 / Wednesday Chronicle of My Mother 5:30 PM
July 28 / Thursday August in Tokyo 5:30 PM
July 29 / Friday Chronicle of My Mother 5:30 PM
July 30 / Saturday August in Tokyo 3:30 PM
Crossroads 5:30 PM

SM Baguio Cinema, Baguio City (August 11-14, 2016)

Date Movie Time
Aug 11 / Thursday Flying Colors 7:00 PM
Aug 12 / Friday The Great Passage 1:30 PM
The Little House 4:30 PM
Pale Moon 7:30 PM
Aug 13 / Saturday The Boy and The Beast 1:30 PM
KAKEKOMI  4:30 PM
Our Little Sister 7:30 PM
Aug 14 / Sunday The Boy and The Beast 1:30 PM
August in Tokyo 4:30 PM
The Great Passage 7:30 PM

FDCP Cinematheque Baguio, Baguio City (August 15-17 & 20-21, 2016)

Date Movie Time
Aug 15 / Monday Chronicle of My Mother 2:30 PM
Crossroads 5:30 PM
Aug 16 / Tuesday Crossroads 5:30 PM
Aug 17 / Wednesday Crossroads 5:30 PM
Aug 20 / Saturday Crossroads 5:30 PM
Aug 21 / Sunday Crossroads 5:30 PM

Ayala Center Cebu Cinema, Cebu City (August 17-21, 2016)

Date Movie Time
Aug 17 / Wednesday The Little House 7:00 PM
Aug 18 / Thursday Pale Moon 7:00 PM
Aug 19 / Friday August in Tokyo 7:00 PM
Aug 20 / Saturday The Boy and The Beast 4:00 PM
KAKEKOMI 7:00 PM
Aug 21 / Sunday Flying Colors 4:00 PM
Our Little Sister 7:00 PM

Eiga Sai 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 and Richmond Hotel Ortigas.

For more information, you may contact the following:

The Japan Foundation, Manila

Contact number: 811-6155 to 58

Email address: email@jfmo.org.ph

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Shangri-La Plaza

Contact number: 370-2597 to 98

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I’m looking forward to attend all Director’s Talks and watch ‘Our Little Sister’, ‘Crossroads’, ”The Great Passage’ and ‘Flying Colors’. How about you, dear reader? Let’s talk about it at the comments section below!

Say hi when you see me at the Shang / UP Film Institute / CCP / SM Baguio 🙂

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