• The Japan Foundation, Manila holds film festivals of full-length Japanese feature films / documentaries and other culturally enriching visual presentations with English sub-titles. Film screenings are occasionally held in joint sponsorship with other foreign and local cultural organizations; lectures by film directors and seminar/workshops are also made available to film enthusiasts and the general public.

    • EIGA SAI 2012 goes to the UP Film Institute

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      Japanese film enthusiasts and the general public can look forward to another round of exquisite Japanese cinematic event this August featuring 10 highly-acclaimed Japanese master pieces that portray slices of Japanese culture. Following the successful screenings held at  the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4, Shangri-La Plaza (July 5 to 15), Gaisano Grand Citimall, Davao (July 20-22), and Ayala Center, Cebu (on-going), the Eiga Sai now goes to the UP Film Institute for its final leg, which will run from August 15 to 21.

      Included in the forthcoming screening is the much-admired film, “Villain” by Director Lee Sang-il, director of the multi-award film—Hula Girls. Villain is a gritty social critique drama led by Eri Fukatsu, who won the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival 2010 and Japan Academy Prize 2011 for her role (Mitsuyo), who takes on challenging and heated love scenes, playing a woman on the run with a murderer. Based on the novel "Akunin" by Shuichi Yoshida published in April 2007, the film emerged as one of the most acclaimed films from Japan in 2010, earning 15 nominations and 5 awards from the Japan Academy Awards, including those for Best Actor and Best Actress.

      Other featured films are Osamu Katayama’s “PEAK –The Rescuers”, Yoshinari Nishikori’s “Railways”, Shinobu Yaguchi’s “Happy Flight”, Fumihiko Sori’s “Tomorrow’s Joe”, Yoshihiro Fukagawa’s “In His Chart”, Keichi Hara’s “Colorful”, Yoshimitsu Morita’s “Abacus and Sword”, Daihachi Yoshida’s “Permanent Nobara”, and Takashi Miike’s “Ninja Kids”.

      The Eiga Sai is an annual event hosted by the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, The Shangri-La Plaza Corporation, UP Film Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines and supported by ClickTheCity.com, Shang Cineplex, NET 25 TV, Nissin Cup Noodles, Nissin Yakisoba and Jack N’ Jill X.O.

      ADMISSION IS FREE. For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM at telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58.