The Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines, ClickTheCity.com and NET 25 TV, proudly presents Eiga Sai 2012 featuring Japanese Contemporary Films to be shown at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 (July 6 to 15), Gaisano South Citimall, Davao City (July 20 to 22), Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 7 to 12) and UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 15 to 21).
The film festival was officially launched at the Shangri-La Plaza on July 5 (Thursday) with the screening of the film entitled “Villain” (2010).
Villain is a gritty social critique drama directed by Lee Sang-il, director of the multi-award film—Hula Girls. Eri Fukatsu, who won the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival 2010 and Japan Academy Prize 2011 for her role (Mitsuyo), 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”.
ADMISSION IS FREE. For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: www.jfmo.org.ph or call (+632) 811-6155 to 58.