If you’re a fan of Japan and Japanese culture and traditions, you shouldn’t miss the EigaSai (movie fest) currently going on at Ayala Mall, Cebu! The Japanese film fest will run from August 7 to 12 and entrance is free! Here’s a comprehensive list of the movies and their corresponding synopses (shared to me by my friend Camille):
AUGUST 7 (Tuesday)
- PEAK – The Rescuers 7:00 PM
An adventure film based on the popular comics by Ishizuka Shinichi, following the story of Sanpo, who volunteers as a mountain rescuer in the Alps after conquering the world's famous peaks. Despite these achievements, he strikes novice Kumi as far too easy-going, but proves himself reliable.
AUGUST 8 (Wednesday)
- Abacus and Sword 7:00 PM
Family is also the heart of Abacus and Sword, a film adaptation of Isoda Michifumi’s book, which chronicles life in the final days of the Tokugawa shogunate from the household accounts of a low-ranking samurai.
AUGUST 9 (Thursday)
- Railways 7:00 PM
A heart-warming family drama that tells the story of a businessman who returns to his hometown and revisits his childhood dream of becoming a train conductor.
AUGUST 10 (Friday)
- Tomorrow’s Joe 7:00 PM
Another live action treat is Tomorrow’s Joe, from Takamori Asao and Chiba Tetsuya’s eponymous comic. The story revolves around two boxing rivals—a recruit from the slums and a professional fighter—who engage in a fierce battle that will determine their fates.
AUGUST 11 (Saturday)
- Ninja Kids 1:30 PM
The festival also has something for children as it offers Ninja Kids, the live action adaptation of Amako Soubei's ninja action manga, following the slapstick antics of a group of ninjas-in-training.
- In His Chart 4:30 PM
Medical drama In His Chart is based on the debut novel of Natsukawa Sosuke. An eye-opening glimpse into Japan’s healthcare issues in its provinces, the film follows the growth of young doctor Ichito, who encounters terminal cancer patient Azumi as he questions the very existence of medicine.
- Villain 7:00 PM
This gritty social critique drama by director Lee Sang-il has enjoyed successful runs at various international festivals and earned 15 nominations from the Japan Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture and Best Director. Eri Fukatsu, who plays Mitsuyo, a woman on the run with a murderer, also won the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival 2010 and Japan Academy Prize 2011. The film was based on the 2007 novel Akunin by Shuichi Yoshida.
- Colorful 1:30 PM
Sci-fi and fantasy film Colorful may be the only animated film in this year's lineup, but it shows depth in revealing what happens to a deceased soul that was transferred into the body of high school boy Kobayashi Makoto, who just committed suicide. With Kobayashi’s body regaining life, the soul inhabits him and journeys deeper into the boy’s story.
- Happy Flight 4:30 PM
Japanese comedy Happy Flight is set on a flight bound for Honolulu from Japan. Co-pilot Suzuki Kazuhiro is counting on the flight as his final test for a promotion to captain while new cabin attendant Saito Etsuko sees it as her debut on an international route. However, things change as the plane is forced to face technical failures and an approaching typhoon
- Permanent Nobara 7:00 PM
The romantic drama Permanent Nobara, based on the popular manga series of the same title by Saibara Rieko, presents a cast of lovable, quirky characters. In this love story for grown-ups, a woman's pursuit for love never dies and the lead actress portrays feminine strength and compassion with humor.I just came home from watching the first movie, Peak: The Rescuers, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I'm hellbent on watching Villain this Saturday. Are you planning to go to the film fest? What movies did you love/are you looking forward to watching?