Watch Japanese Films for Free!

“Villain” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

Written by

Jude Bautista

The film fest that features the best films for Japan for free is back again in Shang Cineplex, Shangri La Plaza Mall. The Eiga Sai fest runs from July 5-15, 2012 and is organized by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Phil.

The titles are a mix of action, dramas, comedies and a little bit of anime. Leading them is “Villain” by Japanese-Korean director Sang Il-Lee based on the novel by Shuichi Yoshida who also adapted the mystery / thriller for the screen.

“Villain” has earned a lot of awards from the 34th Japan Academy Prize: Best Actor – Satoshi Tsumabuki, Best Actress – Eri Fukatsu, Best Supporting Actor – Akira Emoto, Best Supporting Actress – Kirin Kiki and Best Music – Joe Hisashi. It also won Best film in the 2010 Kinema Junpo Awards and 65th Mainichi Film Awards.

from left: FDCP Exec. Dir. Teodoro Granados and Japan Foundation Dir Shuji Takatori. The Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japan Foundation Director Shuji Takatori said, “We are very pleased to announce Eiga Sai 2012 as a kick off event for the Phil. Japan Friendship Month in July including contemporary Japanese art exhibition, concerts with traditional Japanese string instruments and guitar. I would like to extend  our sincere gratitude to the Shangri La Plaza Corporation, Film Development Council of the Phil. and the Embassy of Japan for their strong initiatives and cooperation to make this event happen and promote cultural exchange. Like wise to Clickthecity.com and net25 for their generous support.”

“Villain” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

FDCP Exec. Dir. Teodoro Granados in his speech said, “Under the aegis of our Film Cultural Exchange Program, which aims to foster closer cultural cooperation with the international film community the FDCP is indeed proud to take part for the first time in this annual film festival. Since the first staging in 1998, it has brought to Filipino audiences an impressive roster of films from contemporary hits to critically acclaimed classics from the masters of Japanese cinema.”

Granados added, “On be half of our Chairman Briccio G. Santos, I would like to say Domo Arigato, my sincerest thanks to Mr. Shuji Takatori, Director of the Japan Foundation Manila office as well as Kiyoshi Takeuchi and Maki Mizusawa both of the Embassy of Japan for choosing the Film Development Council of the Phil. as it’s partner in the 2012 Eiga Sai, which coincides with the celebration of the Phil.- Japan Friendship month.”

Completing this year’s roster of exciting films to be featured are the “PEAK –The Rescuers”, “Railways”, “Happy Flight”; “Tomorrow’s Joe”, “In His Chart”; “Colorful”, “Abacus And Sword”, “Permanent Nobara”, and “Ninja Kids”.

“Colorful” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

All films will be shown in 35mm format with English subtitles. 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).  For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58.

For inquiries, contact 633-7851 loc.113 or log on to http://shangrila-plaza.com./ Add Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficialfanpage

“PEAK –The Rescuers” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

Eiga Sai 2012 Shang Cineplex 4 Schedule July 5-15:

JULY 5 (Thursday)

7:00 PM Villain (139 min) – Opening Night by Invitation at Cinema 2

JULY 6 (Friday)

2:00 PM Railways (130 min)

4:30 PM Permanent Nobara (100 min)

7:00 PM PEAK – The Rescuers (125 min)

“Ninja Kids” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

JULY 7 (Saturday)

2:00 PM Ninja Kids (100 min)

4:30 PM Tomorrow’s Joe (132 min)

7:00 PM Happy Flight (103 min)

JULY 8 (Sunday)

2:00 PM Colorful (126 min)

4:30 PM In His Chart (128 min)

7:00 PM Abacus and Sword (129 min)

“Railways” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

JULY 9 (Monday)

2:00 PM PEAK – The Rescuers (125 min)

4:30 PM Railways (130 min)

7:00 PM Villain (139 min)

JULY 10 (Tuesday)

2:00 PM Happy Flight (103 min)

4:30 PM Tomorrow’s Joe (132 min)

7:00 PM Colorful (126 min)

“Permanent Nobara” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

 JULY 11 (Wednesday)

2:00 PM Ninja Kids (100 min)

4:30 PM Permanent Nobara (100 min)

7:00 PM In His Chart (128 min)

JULY 12 (Thursday)

2:00 PM Abacus and Sword (129 min)

4:30 PM Railways (130 min)

7:00 PM Villain (139 min)

“Tomorrow’s Joe” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

JULY 13 (Friday)

2:00 PM Tomorrow’s Joe (132 min)

4:30 PM Happy Flight (103 min)

7:00 PM PEAK – The Rescuers (125 min)

JULY 14 (Saturday)

2:00 PM Permanent Nobara (100 min)

4:30 PM Ninja Kids (100 min)

7:00 PM In His Chart (128 min)

JULY 15 (Sunday)

2:00 PM Abacus and Sword (129 min)

4:30 PM Colorful (126 min)

7:00 PM Villain (139 min)

“Colorful” is part of the Eiga Sai film festival at the Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall. The fest will screen Japanese films for free from July 5-15, 2012.

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