The highly anticipated Japanese Film Festival, also known as EIGASAI 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, EIGASAI will also be brought to various places such as Manila, Legazpi, Pangasinan, Iloilo, Cebu, Tacloban and Davao.
Film enthusiasts will surely delight with the roster of featured films lined up for this year’s EIGASAI. The Japan Foundation Manila will be having 17 full-feature films from diverse genres as EIGASAI continues its tradition of screening films to viewers of the Japanese Film Festival.
This year’s EIGASAI 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|
Award-winning director Korea-eda Hirokazu has two film showing at the festival. After The Storm, a family drama about an up and coming author who gets another shot at life; and The Third Murder, a psychological thriller about a convicted murderer who is facing death penalty, and the complications that arise once his lawyer tries to reduce the sentence of life imprisonment.
This year’s 22nd edition of EIGASAI also features two animated films, namely Lu Over the Wall—a story about a young man’s arrival at a fishing town where he joins a high school band that rehearses in an island inhabited by a mermaid, Miral on the other hand, tells the story of a little boy who encountered a teenage girl from the future who claimed that she is the newborn sister he hates.
The 8-Year Engagement is another must-see in this festival. It tells about an engaged couple who pauses plans after the bride-to-be falls into a coma. Another heart-warming film you ought to see would be A Perfect World which is about an architect paralyzed from waist down tries to rekindle the relationship with his first love.
For sports fans, Mixed Doubles is the film for you. A story about a tennis player who returns home to reconnect with her mom’s tennis club in her quest to beat her ex, it’s a dramedy film you must not miss.
|Samurai costume on display|
|Samurai swords on display|
A Kendo Exhibit was shown during the press conference for the EIGASAI 2019: