To commemorate the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month, the Japan Foundation in Manila is set to launch another edition of their popular Eiga Sai film festival. (Read: Celebrities Express Concern for ABS-CBN Workers Set to Lose Jobs)
For this year, the Eiga Sai film is taking things up a notch for their 23rd run by running free screenings of contemporary Japanese films online— which means we can indulge and appreciate the Japanese film culture in the comfort of our home.
A total of six films are scheduled to premiere on Vimeo from July 22 to July 26. The films will be up for a limited number of screenings until July 27 at 12 a.m. and you’ll need a Vimeo account and this access code to enter the film festival (Read: Remembering Naya Rivera’s Best Glee Performances)
This is the first time the film festival will be held online. If you’re a movie enthusiast, the Eiga Sai film festival got you covered.
July 22, Wednesday, starting at 9 a.m.
From All Corners (2018)
The first film to premiere in the Eiga Sai film festival is an interesting documentary by Okajima Ryusuke. “From All Corners’ was first released in 2018 and follows the life of “cardboard artist” Shimazu Fuyuki as he travels around the world.
Hana’s Miso Soup (2016)
Writer-director Tomoaki Akune’s Hana’s Miso Soup is a heartwarming movie based on a collection of essays by real-life cancer patient Chie Yasutake on her online blog Hana’s Miso Soup. The film gives a bittersweet account of Chie’s life as she teaches her daughter Hana how to make a traditional miso soup before she died in 2008.
July 23, Thursday, starting at 9 a.m.
What’s for Dinner, Mom? (2017)
The movie follows the life of sisters Tae and Yo Hitoto who returned to their old family house, which is slated for demolition. The story unfolds when Tae comes across a container containing recipes and letters compiled by their dead mother. Tae decided to retrace her mother’s steps on a journey and learned more about their parents, as well as a little secret her mother had kept for years.
July 24, Friday, starting at 9 a.m.
Bittersweet was first released in 2016. It is a Japanese romantic comedy film directed by Shōgo Kusano and written by Tomohiro Ōtoshi. The movie features Haruna Kawaguchi and Kento Hayashi and based on the web manga series of the same name by Yumiwo Kobayashi.
July 25, Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.
Chieri & Cherry (2015)
This stop-motion style animation film is something you shouldn’t miss in the Eiga Sai film festival. It tells the life of the young Chiery (voiced by Takamori Natsumi) who has only the stuffed rabbit Cherry to keep her company. It was directed by Makoto Nakamura and received the Golden Butterfly for Best Director of Animated Feature Film – International Competition in 2015.
The Takatsu River (2020)
The Takatsu River showcases the struggle of a town on keeping traditional arts alive. This drama tackles the lives of the locals tasked to keep these traditions alive. The movie stars Masahiro Koumoto and Naho Toda,
For more information and other updates, visit the EIGASAI website.