EIGASAI 2017 will officially commence on June 6, Thursday at the Changri-La Plaza and will therefore run until August 29, 2017. For the first time in the history of Japanese Film Festival three movies dubbed in Tagalog is featured for PH screening only.
TMC, Tagalized Movie Channel cooperated with the Japanese Film Festival EIGASAI to translate the movies; Sadako vs. Kayako, If Cats Disappeared from the World and Bakuman. Hence, the films will all be airing on July 14 for free at Edsa Shang Cineplex in a first-come first-serve basis. Probably because of the popularity of the festival here in the country as compared to other EIGASAI.
Three Tagalized Japanese Movies
In Sadako vs. Kayako, two of J-horror’s biggest characters, Sadako (“The Ring” series) and Kayako (“Ju-on” series), square off in this cross-over film. While in this movie, university student Yuri (Yamamoto Mizuki) gets hold of a video and plays it, unaware that it is cursed and brings death to whoever watches it. Meanwhile, high school student Suzuka (Tamashiro Tina) enters the cursed house where people have gone missing. Released 2016.
A postman (Satoh Takeru) dying from a brain tumor gets a visit from the devil who offers him a deal in If Cats Disappeared from the World. The postman will get to live another day everytime he lets the devil make disappear from the world. He agrees, but when things started disappearing, the memories he has attached to those things are also erased. He soon realizes that the devil is taking away the things that are associated with the people dear to him. Released 2016.
PH favorite, Satoh Takeru returns in Bakuman as Moritaka, whose manga artist uncle died from overwork is talented but spends his days aimlessly. Finally, he gets invited by his classmate Akito (Kamiki Ryunosuke), a wannabe manga writer, to team up and become manga creators together. Released 2015.
20 films for EIGASAI 2017
Starting from Saturday, July 1, in honor of the Philippines-Japan Friendship month the festival with 20 films of various genres selected for six major cities nationwide, EIGASAI 2017 celebrates its 20th anniversary. The festival is once again stretching out its reach by adding two new cinemas in Bacolod and Iloilo and extending the festival period until the end of August.
- Opening Film: Her Love Boils Bathwater 2016 by Nakano Ryota – Drama, Children/Family
- Director Talk on July 7, FDCP Centre Cinematheque Manila and July 8, Shang Cinema 2
- Cinemalaya: Poolsideman 2016 by Watanabe Hirobumi – Comedy, Drama, Thriller
- Director’s Talk on August 5, CCP
- The Sting of Death 1990 – Drama
- Memories of You 1988- Drama
- Departures 2008 – Drama
- Omnibus Film: Reflections 2016 (featuring PH director Brillante Mendoza) – Drama
- The Anthem of the Heart 2015 – Drama, Children/Family, Animation
- What A Wonderful Family 2016 – Comedy, Drama
- The Magnificent Nine 2016 – Comedy, Drama, Historical
- The Long Excuse 2016
- Chihayafuru Part 1 2016
- Chihayafuru Part 2 2016
- Tsukiji Wonderland 2016 – Documentary
- The Mohican Comes Home 2016
- Sweet Bean (an) 2015
- Creepy 2016 –Drama, Thriller
Additionally, Japanese animated film, In This Corner of the World together with a special talk by Dr. Jaqueline Berndt, director of the International traveling exhibition, Manga Housai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics. Based on the manga of the same title written by Fumiyo Kono, it is an entirely hand-drawn film. Also, inspired by the practice of translating hand drawn manga to anime, the film is in collaboration of the ongoing exhibit. Furthermore, the one time screening will be on June 1 at 4pm at CCP Dream Theater.
Finally, admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, except the screenings at Shang Cineplex which will be PHP 100 per film screening.