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Japanese Film Festival Eiga Sai opens on July 8, 2008

In celebration of Philippines – Japan Friendship Month, the Japan Foundation, Manila, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the UP Film Institute presents a glimpse of the Japanese culture in Eiga Sai ’08.

This year’s offering brings together 5 contemporary, 1 classical and 2 animae/manga films in 35mm format for Japanese film enthusiasts and the general public. An invitational screening of “We Shall Overcome Someday” (Pacchigi) by director Kazuyuki Izutsu will be held on July 8, 2008 (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. at the Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3, Edsa, Mandaluyong City.

The film story tells about the situation during the 1960’s in Japan, the romance between a Japanese and an ethnic North Korean high school student, the sets of cultural differences intertwined by love and passion conquering its boundaries, which is torn by the realities of issues of life that still prevails. Likewise, it deals with music, sexual liberation, freedom and about doing what you want. We Shall Overcome Someday was ranked as the best Japanese film by the venerable Kinema Junpo in 2005.

Other films to be featured are “Linda Linda Linda” (Rinda Rinda Rinda, 2005, directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita), “Canary” (Kanaria , 2004, directed by Akihiko Shiota), “Hanging Garden” (Kuchu teien, 2005, directed by Toshiaki Toyoda), “A Stranger of Mine” (Unmei ja nai hito, 2004, directed by Kenji Uchida), and “Juvenile Jungle” (Kurutta Kajitsu, 1956, directed by Ko Nakahira).

In line with the celebration, the “J-Pop Anime Matsuri” to be hosted by the Embassy of Japan will be held on July 26 and 27 and the event includes the preview screenings of “Chibi Maruko Chan” (1990, written by Momoko Sakura) and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (Toki o Kakeru Shōujo, 2001, directed by Mamoru Hosoda), a multi-awarded animae film that received the Grand Prize Award in the animation division of the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival and the Special Distinction for Feature Film Awards at France 31st Annecy International Film Festival in June 2007.

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3 (July 8 to 13, 26 & 27), CCP Dream Theater (August 7 to 10), and UP Film Institute (August 11 to 14 & 16). Admission is free. For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please check the Japan Foundation, Manila website: ph or call the JFM telephone numbers 811-6155 to 58.

Rianne Hill Soriano
Rianne is a director, writer, educator, and consultant in film and commercial productions. From mainstream essentials to independent flair, she knows the drill in making entertaining and well-meaning productions. She can lead a pack passionate about extreme action and technological edge; she can breathe an endearing and sentimental style for a team with a sweet disposition.

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