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Eiga Sai Cebu 2014 Preview

Every year, in celebration of Philippines and Japan friendship month,  The Japan Foundation Manila holds free film showing of full length Japanese feature films to the public with English subtitles from select locations across the country.

This year’s “Eiga Sai”, which means movie festival when translated, has officially started last July 3, 2014 around the theme “Family”. For us here in Cebu, screening will be held at Ayala Center Cebu starting this August 6 (Wednesday) and will culminate on August 10 (Sunday).

The event has been widely anticipated every year by several Cebuanos from all age groups especially those who love the Japanese culture. Check out the screening schedule here. And if you can’t wait to watch these feature films, we’ve put together their trailers so you can have a sneak peek of what is in store for us.

We didn’t find any English subs for most trailers but we still thought you might want to see them anyway.

Admission for all films are absolutely FREE but you may need to line up for the passes. All films will be shown with English subtitles.

“Homeland” (Ieji) involves a broken family seeking for light and hope in the midst of injustice and desperation. The film was shot in Fukushima which was one of the provinces severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The film was an official selection of the Panorama section in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.


“REUNION” (Itai Asu e no tokakan) features the story of a man engaged in the funeral business who volunteered his services at the temporary morgue in a high school gymnasium after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.


“Under the Break of Dawn” (Tsunagu) is a heartwarming fantasy adapted from the eponymous novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Tsujimura Mizuki. A young man becomes an apprentice “Tsunagu,” an emissary who can reunite the living with the dead for one time only, and grows through learning about the bonds between people.


“Wolf Children” (Ookamikodomo no Ame to Yuki) is a feature animation directed by Hosoda Mamoru, whose “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “SUMMER WARS” won numerous awards in Japan and abroad. It follows thirteen years in the lives of a mother and her “wolf children.”


“Tamako in Moratorium” – Tamako (Atsuko Maeda) graduated from a university in Tokyo, but she now lives with her father back in Kofu. Tamako doesn’t help her father or tries to get a job. She spends her time just eating and sleeping throughout the four seasons of the year.


“Like Father, Like Son” (Soshite chichi ni naru) – Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.


Let us know which among the titles you are most excited to watch in the comments and don’t forget to share this post!

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