MORE movie aficionados attended the recently concluded EIGASAI 2017, a Japanese Film Festival with all seats taken per screening of the 12 featured award winning films shown from August 10 to 13 at SM City Baguio Cinema.
SM Baguio Cinema Branch Manager Mar Austria said about 6000 attendees were recorded in the event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month in July and August in the country.
In 2016, over 4,600 viewers attended the festival in Baguio while 26,400 were recorded nationwide.
Regarded as a milestone by the Japan Foundation Manila, the festival has captivated the audiences’ attention and generated expressive responses with many giving enthusiastic applause to every movie seen.
Young filmmaker Paul Brian Baldoza, the director, cinematographer, and scriptwriter of the award winning film “Miguel” during the Baguio New Media Film Festival, appreciated the brilliant cinematography and techniques in the films he watched during the opening day such as Filipino dubbed “Bakuman” and “The Long Excuse” with English subtitle.
For him, the cinematic transitions and angles of the film are symbolic giving a hint and foreshadowing of the next twist of the story.
But more than the technique used in the films, learning the Japanese culture and tradition is one experience which makes his encounter with EIGASAI more memorable.
“The film festival introduces us to the culture and traditions of Japan and I admire the way they respect their elders especially in marrying,” he said.
A long queue of people was also witnessed during the last screening on Sunday. The audience was exhilarated with the team up of Ayase Chihaya, Taichi, and Wataya Arata, the players of the traditional Japanese card game karuta in the Manga series inspired film "Chihayafuru Part 2."
What is very admirable in the story was the way how the young generation value the old card game introduced hundred years ago which they also play using their beautiful traditional attire.
Perhaps we can to the same effort in preserving the old traditional games in the Philippines such as the “Siatong” and “Sikking” for the next generation to come.
EIGASAI is not mainly about the interesting lives of Japanese people but it also inspires the public concerning their own culture and teaches many values in life.
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