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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sungduan: EigasaiPH

MORE award winning films to watch plus a documentary and a movie dubbed in Filipino language are what in store for the EIGASAI 2017, a Japanese Film Festival celebrating the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month in July and August marking its 20th anniversary in the country.

“We are very proud to continue the film festivals being able to screen quality Japanese films in the Philippines for twenty years,” Japan Foundation Manila Office Program Coordinator Ami Kurokawa said.

Considered as a milestone by the Japan Foundation Manila, this year’s festival has a total of over 100 screenings in nine venues in the nation. It started in Manila in July 20 and will officially open in Baguio City on August 10, Thursday.

Residents and visitors of the Pines City will be expecting the screening of 12 award winning films until August 13, Sunday, highlighting the recently released wide array of films such as animation, drama, comedy and documentary. Eleven films are with English subtitles and one entitled “Bakuman” is dubbed in Filipino.

Kurokawa said last year there were only ten films presented at SM City Baguio Cinema but this second year of festival in the Summer Capital, two additional films are included to attract more audience and enjoy the Japanese films on the big screen.

Over 4,600 viewers attended the festival in Baguio in 2016 while 26,400 were recorded nationwide.

“We are privileged to be here where there are many arts, cultural and Japanese enthusiasts,” Kurokawa said.

A beautiful documentary called “Tsukiji Wonderland” is also something to look forward to in the event. Filmed over 16 months closely chronicling, including areas never before filmed, the documentary talks about the Tsukiji Market which is due to be moved to Toyosu. Tsujiki Market has continually sustained the Japanese food culture for over 80 years. The trailer of this film can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/pg/eigasaiPH/videos/?ref=page_internal.

Continuing to inspire Filipinos through films, EIGASAI plays a vital role in bringing a diverse group of Filipino together to celebrate Japanese culture.

Japan Foundation believes that films are one of the most accessible and easiest gateways into Japanese culture, way of living and language as these offers a glimpse into the interesting lives of Japanese people which they hope will fuel Filipinos’ curiosity and interest; and start conversations about Japanese culture.

Japan-lovers and film-lovers can now look forward to EIGASAI each year because this is one of the rare chances that they can watch Japanese films on the big screen and an opportunity for eager Japanese learners to put their skills to practice and strengthen their passion for the language.

Also, through Japanese Films viewers will appreciate how Japanese values their own culture which everyone should understand.

The screenings which are free and seats are available on a first come, first serve basis will present the Filipino dubbed film Bakuman at 1:30 p.m. on August 10 to be followed by “The Long Excuse” and The Magnificent Nine.

On August 11 the films "Chihayafuru," "What a Wonderful Family," and "Creepy" will be featured while "Sweet Bean," "Tsukiji Wonderland," and "Her Love Boils Bathwater" will be shown on August 12.

Meanwhile, on August 13 the last screening, the three movies "The Anthem of the Heart," "Chihayafuru Part 2," and "The Mohican Comes Home" will be introduced. For updates, visit the official Facebook page: eigasaiPH (https://www.facebook.com/eigasaiPH/)

EIGASAI is part of the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s unified Japanese Film Festival held around Southeast Asia and the Pacific region together with the Japan Foundation, Manila.

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