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Captivating Films Take Center-stage at the “Eiga Sai” Japanese Film Festival 2015

July 8, 2015

The Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Tokyo International Film Festival, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute and the Film Development Council of the Philippines presents EIGA SAI 2015!

“Tasteful Japan”

This year’s theme will feature the flavorful culinary world of Japan and the contemporary films released in 2014. Expect a mix of comedy, feature, documentary, historical dramas and all-time favorite sci-fi/fantasy films to complete the line-up. Of course, admission is free! <3


Opening Film

Kicking off Eiga Sai 2015 is Ishii Yuya’s “Our Family” (ぼくたちの家族 / Bokutachi no kazoku / Rated PG / 117 min), a film adaptation of Hayami Kazumasa’s same-named novel depicting traces of emotional journey of a four-member family that is falling apart until the mother is diagnosed with brain tumor.

(c) 2013 “Our Family” Production Committee

This film confirms his growing global recognition as a directorial talent with three awards – 2014 Montreal World Film Festival’s World Greats, 2014 Busan International Film Festival’s “A Window on Asian Cinema”, and 2014 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival’s “Asian Window”. He is also known for his work “The Great Passage”, Japan’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.

Ishii-san will be coming all the way from Japan to grace the opening night at the Shang Cineplex on July 9 (Thursday/7:30pm screening time). He will also have a Director’s Talk at the Lopez Center Studio, Ateneo de Manila University on July 10 (Friday/3pm) and at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 on July 11 (Saturday/4:30pm).

Japanese Contemporary Films

Wood Job! ((ウッジョブ) ~神去なあなあ日常~ / Wood job Kamusari naa naa nichijo / Rated G / 116 min) is a coming-of-age story based on the best-selling novel by popular author Miura Shoin. City-bred Hirano Yuki decides on a whim to take up forestry work in the mountain village of Kamusari. Yuki nearly buckles under the tough work conditions, but he wakes up to the allure of nature and the locals, and gradually grows up.

(c) 2014 WJIPC
(c) 2014 WJIPC

Sequel to the spectacle-laden comedy Thermae Romae II (テルマエ・ロマエII / Terumae romae II / Rated PG / 113 min), a live action adaptation of Yamazaki Mari’s popular comic. Roman Empire bathhouse architect Lucius for some reason travel in time to contemporary Japan whenever he’s stuck for new ideas. Working on construction a new bathhouse, he finds himself wrapped up in a conflict that divides the Roman Empire.

(c) 2014 "THERMAE ROMAE II" Film Partners
(c) 2014 “THERMAE ROMAE II” Film Partners

The live action adaptation of Iwaaki Hitoshi’s world-renowned Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel, Parasyte (寄生獣 / Kiseiju / Rated PG / 109 min), is directed by Yamazaki Takashi. Watch this thrilling and humor-laced depiction of the battle between humans and “parasytes” that take over and feed off human bodies.

(c) 2014 “Parasyte” Film Partners All Rights Reserved

Higashimura Akiko’s comic Princess Jellyfish (海月姫 / Kuragehime / Rated G / 126 min) has been adapted as a TV animation and now a rom-com feature film! Jellyfish geek Tsukimi shares an apartment with other nerdy girls who each have their own obsession. One day, the girls are thrown into a tizzy by the appearance of beautiful cross-dresser Kuranosuke and his brother Shu. Plus, the sacred space of the apartment is menaced by an attack…

(c) 2015 "Princess Jellyfish" Film's Partners Akiko Higashimura / KODANSHA
(c) 2015 “Princess Jellyfish” Film’s Partners Akiko Higashimura / KODANSHA

Live action adaptation of Miura Shion’s Naoki Prize-winning series, Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto (まほろ駅前狂騒曲 / Mahoroekimae kyosokyoku / Rated G / 124 min), follows up on the first feature film in 2011 and TV drama in 2013. Three years have passed since old pal Gyoten showed up at the feet of Tada, who runs a handyman shop in the outskirts of Tokyo. One day, Tada finds himself in a jam when Gyoten’s former wife puts her young daughter in his care. Plus, the local gangster organization pushes him to investigate a mysterious cultish group selling vegetables.

(c) 2014 "TADA'S DO-IT-ALL HOUSE: DISCONCERTO" Film Partners
(c) 2014 “TADA’S DO-IT-ALL HOUSE: DISCONCERTO” Film Partners

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Maid Haru is a talented cook but stubborn, which leads her to divorce her husband after a year. However, she is asked by Kaga clan “kitchen samurai” Dennai to marry his son and heir Yasunobu, and works to remedy his lack of culinary skills. A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story ( / Bushi no kondate / Rated G / 121 min) features meals made according to the Funaki family’s recipe collection “Ryori Mugonsho” and recreates the workings of samurai family kitchens at the time.

(c) 2013 “A Tale of Samurai Cooking” Film Partners

Three elderly women who are friends from childhood in a depopulated and greying mountainous area in Tokushima Prefecture start up a food garnish business. It’s a Beautiful Life ~ IRODORI (人生、いろどり / Jinsei irodori / Rated G / 112 min) interweaves profound human drama, including conflicts with family members, in the stories of hardship as they embark on their new enterprise.

(c) 2012 "It's a Beautiful Life ~IRODORI~" Film Partners
(c) 2012 “It’s a Beautiful Life ~IRODORI~” Film Partners

Patisserie Coin de rue (洋菓子店コアンドル / Yougashiten Koandoru / Rated G / 115 min) is an emotional drama involving delicious desserts. A cake maker’s daughter Kagoshima travels to Tokyo to find her boyfriend and take him back with her, but begins to look at herself in a new light when she meets a legendary former patissier. The numerous, colorful western-style confections delightfully sweeten the screen.

(c) 2010 "PATISSERIE Coin de rue" Production Committee
(c) 2010 “PATISSERIE Coin de rue” Production Committee

The Japanese and American collaboration documentary film, Wa-shoku ~Beyond Sushi~ (Wa-shoku dorim / Rated G / 107 min), produced by United Television Broadcasting Systems and directed by award winning director, Suzuki Junichi. Featuring Mr. KANAI Noritoshi, Chairman of Mutual Trading Co., Inc., MATSUHISA Nobu, the chef/owner of Nobu restaurants, UECHI Katsuya, the chef/woner of Katsu-ya group, Tyson Cole, the chef/owner of Uchi restaurant, Joel Robuchon, a French chef and more. This shows the past and future of Wa-Shoku (Japanese food) that these men and women created and how they maintained the essential traditional qualities of Japanese food.


Every day, people would queue for over two hours for a bowl of ramen at Taishoken. What’s the celebrated chef’s secret ingredient? There is no secret ingredient. In fact, as most Taishoken fans believe, it’s the charisma of owner YAMAGISHI Kazuo that attracted people from all around Japan to his modest shop. His personality and love for his craft, combined with a precise melange of flavours, combined to create perfection in each ramen bowl. This heart-warming documentary, The God of Ramen (Ramen yori taisetsuna mono / Rated G / 90 min), is not just for noodle fans, but for anyone who loves to be inspired by passionate people.

Screening Venues and Schedules

All films will be shown with English subtitles.

Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City (July 9-19, 2015)

July 9 / ThursdayOur Family (Invitational)7:30 PM
July 10 / FridayPrincess Jellyfish1:30 PM
Wood Job!4:30 PM
A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story7:30 PM
July 11 / SaturdayPATISSERIE Coin de rue1:30 PM
Our Family4:30 PM
Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto7:30 PM
July 12 / SundayThermae Romae II1:30 PM
A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story4:30 PM
Wood Job!7:30 PM
July 13 / MondayWA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~1:30 PM
Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto4:30 PM
Thermae Romae II7:30 PM
July 14 / TuesdayWood Job!1:30 PM
WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~4:30 PM
The God of Ramen7:30 PM
July 15 / WednesdayTada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto1:30 PM
Princess Jellyfish4:30 PM
Our Family7:30 PM
July 16 / ThursdayIt’s a Beautiful Life – IRODORI –1:30 PM
PATISSERIE Coin de rue4:30 PM
WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~7:30 PM
July 17 / FridayThermae Romae II1:30 PM
It’s a Beautiful Life – IRODORI –4:30 PM
Princess Jellyfish7:30 PM
July 18 / SaturdayWood Job!1:30 PM
A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story4:30 PM
Parasyte7:30 PM
July 19 / SundayThe God of Ramen1:30 PM
PATISSERIE Coin de rue4:30 PM
Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto7:30 PM

FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 14-19, 2015)

July 14 / TuesdayWA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~5:30 PM
July 15 / WednesdayThermae Romae II3:30 PM
July 16 / ThursdayThe God of Ramen5:30 PM
July 17 / FridayA Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story1:30 PM
July 18 / SaturdayPATISSERIE Coin de rue3:30 PM
It’s a Beautiful Life – IRODORI –5:30 PM
July 19 / SundayOur Family3:30 PM

Abreeza Mall Cinema 2, Davao City (July 24-26, 2015)

July 24 / FridayWood Job!1:00 PM
Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto4:00 PM
Parasyte7:00 PM
July 25 / SaturdayOur Family1:00 PM
WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~4:00 PM
Thermae Romae II7:00 PM
July 26 / SundayPrincess Jellyfish1:00 PM
A Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story4:00 PM
Wood Job!7:00 PM

UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 12-15, 2015)

Aug 12 / WednesdayTada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto1:30 PM
Princess Jellyfish4:30 PM
Parasyte7:00 PM
Aug 13 / ThursdayOur Family1:30 PM
Wood Job!4:30 PM
Thermae Romae II7:00 PM
Aug 14 / FridayPrincess Jellyfish1:30 PM
The God of Ramen4:30 PM
WA-SHOKU ~Beyond Sushi~7:00 PM
Aug 15 / SaturdayA Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story1:30 PM
Parasyte4:30 PM
Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto7:00 PM

Ayala Center Cebu Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 19-23, 2015)

Aug 19 / WednesdayA Tale of Samurai Cooking – A True Love Story7:00 PM
Aug 20 / ThursdayPrincess Jellyfish7:00 PM
Aug 21 / FridayWood Job!7:00 PM
Aug 22 / SaturdayOur Family4:30 PM
Parasyte7:00 PM
Aug 23 / SundayThermae Romae II4:30 PM
Tada’s Do-It-All House: Disconcerto7:00 PM

Eiga Sai 2015 is generously supported by JT International (Philippines), Akira, SumoSam, Bobson, ClickTheCity.com and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation.

For more information and seat reservation (Director’s Talk), contact The Japan Foundation, Manila at 811-6155 to 58 or at email@jfmo.org.ph.

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