Friday, June 17, 2016

Eiga Sai 2016

Last June 7th, I, together with my +1 Hubby, got invited and witnessed the Eiga Sai Press Screening at Shang Cineplex. Thank you for this opportunity. 

What is EIGA SAI?

Eiga Sai is the Japanese Film Festival held annually in July and is presented and run by Japan Foundation. This is in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship month. Launched in 1997, EIGASAI has grown to be one of the largest and popular film festivals in the country, showcasing a vast variety of cinematic delights from drama, anime, romance to recently released films in Japan. 

During the Press Conference, which was composed of print and online media, Japan Foundation Manila, Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc and Shang Cineplex (home of Eigasai in Manila), interesting changes were mentioned.

3 Interesting Facts About EIGA SAI 2016

1. Longer Period and More Screenings

Eiga Sai will run from July 7 – August 22, 2016. There will be 83 screenings in 8 venues in 4 cities.

2. Cinemalaya and Eigasai form an Alliance

Press Release:
Officers of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Japan Foundation Manila signed an agreement making Eigasai, the Japanese Film Festival, and the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition as allied festivals. The alliance will provide both festivals with opportunities for film exchange, help in the promotion of both events and contribute to audience building and film education.

For the 12th Cinemalaya Festival on August 5-14, 2016, the Japan Foundation Manila will bring two Japanese Independent films, “Ken and Kazu” by Hiroshi Shoji and “August in Tokyo” by Ryutaro Nakagawa. These two films will be featured in the Cinemalaya’s Asian section.

For Eigasai 2016 in July, Cinemalaya will present two films for free to the public. As a pre-event to Cinemalaya, respected director Masato Harada, who is the guest of honor of this year’s Eigasai and whose film “Kakemomi” will kick off the festival, will hold a film talk on July 8 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde. The talk follows the special screening of Harada’s “The Emperor in August” at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

3. More Quality Films

Flying Colors
Our Little Sister
Pale Moon
The Boy and the Beast
The Great Passage
The Little House
Chronicle of My Mother
Ken and Kazu
August in Tokyo

... and Films with Director Talks

The Emperor in August

Film Trailers are available HERE.



Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 – July 7 to 17
Abreeza Mall Cinema, Davao – July 22 to 24
FDCP Cinematheque, Davao – July 26 to 30
CCP – July 8, August 6, 9, 10 and 12
SM Baguio Cinema – August 11 to 14
FDCP Cinematheque, Baguio  - August 15
Ayala Center, Cebu – August 17 to 21
UP Film Institute – August 17 to 20

All screenings are free and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis but admission process may differ according to venues.

Japanese literature goes to the big screen as the Shang presents Eiga Sai 2016! 

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