The 2014 Eiga Sai (Japanese Film Festival) broke records this year with over 11,000 audience who watched the featured contemporary films at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in July.
After its successful Manila screenings, The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) then brought Eiga Sai to the Visayas and Mindanao.
Beginning with Davao where five of the 16 Eiga Sai films were shown at Abreeza Ayala from July 25 to July 27. Then, Davaoñes saw more films, 12 this time, at the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) Cinematheque in Davao City from July 29 to August 3.
The film festival went to Cebu. Screenings began on August 6 at the Ayala Center Cebu. It finally culminates today.
As this year’s festival them focused on family, Filipinos from the south particularly enjoyed the award-winning film, Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichini naru). Also the “Audience’s Choice” back in Manila, the film won the 2014 Festival de Cannes Jury Prize.
It is directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, the globally acclaimed director of Nobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008) and I Wish (2011). He made his big screen return this year with the said film that tells the story of a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born.
As a kick-off event of the July celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, the Japan Foundation, Manila presented Eiga Sai in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
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