Eiga Sai 2013: Japanese Film Festival in Manila

Oh yay! One more festival and this one is something closer to home. What makes Eiga Sai special is the expansive roster of films featured in the festival. It covers drama, suspense, comedy, and even animation. It’s one of the biggest film festivals and it usually runs for almost two weeks in Manila, then moves the celebration to Visayas (Cebu) and Mindanao (Davao). This is in celebration of the Philippines–Japan Friendship Month in July and the 40th Year of ASEAN – Japan Friendship and Cooperation anchored on the theme “ASEAN-Japan Partnership: Thoughts Connected- Future Connected” .

The festival opens with an invitational screening of the film ‘Villain’ on July 5 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

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 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. Satoshi Tsumabuki (Yuichi) runs away after killing a woman (Yoshino) he met on a dating website. While the families of the victim and the assailant are left in agony, Mitsuyo becomes increasingly entangled in her relationship with Yuichi. The film was based on the novel “Akunin” by Shuichi Yoshida published in April 2007. The film has also enjoyed successful runs at various international film festivals and emerged as one of the most acclaimed films from Japan in 2010, earning 15 nominations from the Japan Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture, Director and a variety of acting affirmations.[grabbed from Japan Foundation]

2013 eiga sai cover

Screening Venues

Metro Manila

Shang Cineplex Cinema – July 5 to 15

UP Film Institute, Quezon City – August 15 to 21


Davao City

Gaisano South Citimall – July 20 to 22


Cebu City

Ayala Center Cinema 4 – August 7 to 12


For complete screening schedules and film synopses, get the festival flyer here

All films will be shown with English subtitles.

Presented by 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. For inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58.


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