Film Festivals

Eiga Sai 2013

Japanese Film Festival Eiga Sai 2013 runs from July 4-14 at Cinema 2 of Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza. Admission is free. Seats are on a first come, first served basis.

About Her Brother (2010)
“Otôto” (original title) | Drama
Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Ryo Kase, Yû Aoi, Yuriko Ishida

Ginko seems to be living the good life: She’s the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu’s wedding day also brings homes Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed actor and a hard drinker who shows up causing trouble. Having covered for him all her life, Ginko is ready to disown her burdensome younger brother, but some things are easier said than done.


Confessions (2010)
“Kokuhaku” (original title) | Thriller
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada

High school teacher Moriguchi Yuko came up with a twisty master plan to avenge the death of her daughter whom she believes was murdered by two students in her class.


Dear Doctor (2009)
“Dia dokutâ” (original title) | Drama
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Stars: Tsurube Shôfukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa

After examining widow Kazuko, Ino learns she has a terminal condition. Kazuko asks him to lie about her illness, but before long, he mysteriously disappears.


Rinco’s Restaurant (2010)
“Shokudo katatsumuri” (original title) | Drama
Director: Mai Tominaga
Stars: Kyôko Enami, Hikari Mitsushima, Tomokazu Miura

After a bad breakup, a young woman leaves the big city and returns to her hometown and opens a menuless restaurant.


Always – Sunset on Third Street (2005)
“Always san-chôme no yûhi” (original title) | Drama, Family
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi

Tells the interweaving stories of community residents at the time the famous Tokyo Tower was being constructed.


Parade (2009)
“Parêdo” (original title) | Drama
Director: Isao Yukisada
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Karina, Shihori Kanjiya, Kento Hayashi

Four youths share a two bedroom apartment in a corner of Tokyo. A series of assault cases occur in the same district. Eighteen year old Satoru, a male prostitute, joins them as a new house mate. Their daily life slowly starts to change.


Kamui (2009)
“Kamui gaiden” (original title) | Action, Drama
Director: Yôichi Sai
Stars: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Kaoru Kobayashi

A live action period film that portrays the fierce escape of the young Kamui from the Ninja world, hoping to find his own freedom.

Castle Under Fiery Skies

Castle Under Fiery Skies (2009)
“Katen no shiro” (original title) | Drama, History
Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka
Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Shôzô Endô, Saki Fukuda

Takes place in 1575 Feudal Japan, the film depicts how Oda Nobunaga’s forces defeated Takeda Katsuyori when the Nagashino Castle was besieged. Years after, Oda Nobunada builds a lavish new castle to symbolize his unification of various factions.

mai mai miracle

Mai Mai Miracle (2009)
“Maimai Shinko to sennen no mahô” (original title) | Animation
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Stars: Mayuko Fukuda, Manami Honjô, Jenya

Inspired by her grandfather’s stories, young Shinko embarks on wild flights of fancy about the history of the little town she lives in. But dreams can’t fend off the realities of growing up.


Japan, Our Homeland (2007)
“Furusato Japan” (original title) | Animation, Drama, History
Director: Akio Nishizawa
Stars: Sayaka Hanamura, Maika Kawaguchi, Subaru Kimura

The 31st year of the Showa Era (1956) marked the tenth year since Japan’s defeat in World War II. It was when Japan took its first step out of post-war poverty to rejoin the international community. In old downtown Tokyo, a teacher and her students try to pass down Doyo (Japanese traditional children’s songs) as the root of Japanese cultural identity to the future generations.


Screening Schedule (Shang Cineplex Cinema 2)

July 4, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS-Sunset on Third Street
4:30pm – Castle under fiery skies
7:30pm – Confessions

July 5, 2013 (Friday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 2
4:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant
7:30pm – Parade

July 6, 2013 (Saturday)

1:30pm – Mai Mai Miracle
4:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3
7:30pm – About Her Brother

July 7, 2013 (Sunday)

1:30pm – Furusato -Japan
4:30pm – Dear Doctor
7:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant

July 8, 2013 (Monday)

1:30pm – Castle under fiery skies
4:30pm – Confessions
7:30pm – KAMUI

July 9, 2013 (Tuesday)

1:30pm – Mai Mai Miracle
4:30pm –  ALWAYS-Sunset on Third Street-
7:30pm – Parade

July 10, 2013 (Wednesday)

1:30pm – Furusato -Japan
4:30pm – About Her Brother
7:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 2

July 11, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3
4:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant
7:30pm – Confessions

July 12, 2013 (Friday)

1:30pm – Castle under fiery skies
4:30pm – Parade
7:30pm – Dear Doctor

July 13, 2013 (Saturday)

1:30pm – Mai Mai Miracle
4:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 2
7:30pm – KAMUI

July 14, 2013 (Sunday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS-Sunset on Third Street
4:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant
7:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3

Film Festivals

Eiga Sai (Japanese Film Festival) 2012

Enjoy free screenings of much-awaited contemporary Japanese films in July and August at the 2012 Eiga Sai. Presented by theJapan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, UP Film Institute, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and NET 25 TV. An invitational screening of the film ‘Villain’ on July 5 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 2, EDSA, Mandaluyong City is the kick-off event for the festivity.

Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 4 (July 5 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). Continue reading “Eiga Sai (Japanese Film Festival) 2012”