The highly anticipated Japanese Film Festival, also known as EGAISAI goes back to its original home—Shangri-La Plaza’s Red Carpet for its 22nd edition which will be held from July 3 to 14, 2019. Coincidentally, EGAISAI will also be brought to various places such as Manila, Bacolod, Pangasinan, Naga, Cebu, Tacloban and Davao.
Film enthusiasts will surely delight with the roster of featured films lined up for this year’s EGASAI. The Japan Foundation Manila will be having 14 full-feature films from diverse genres as EGASAI continues its tradition of screening films to viewers of the Japanese Film Festival.
This year’s EGAISAI opens with a historical drama, Samurai Marathon directed by Bernard Rose. Based on Dobashi Aikihiro’s novel Bakumatsu Marathon Samurai, the film is about Ansaei Tooashi, known as Japan’s first marathon. The story revolves around how Annaka feudal lord Itakaru Kastuakira organized a run across mountain roads to get his samurai warriors in shape. But one misstep turned a simple race into a rebellion in the eyes of Bakufu central government that ordered a stop to what it thought was an uprising.
|Rolando Samson of Japan Foundation Manila|
|Johnny Riod, Operations Divisions Manager, Shangri-la Plaza|
|Dr. Kanami Namiki, Program Coordinator Arts & Culture Japan Foundation|
|David Fabros, Executive Director of Philippine Film Export Services Office|
|Tomoko Nakamura, Asst. Director Japan Foundation|