EIGASAI 2017: Roster of 12 Films To Be Screened for FREE At SM Baguio This August

In honor of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month and as a mark of the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Film Festival (JFF), otherwise known EIGASAI,  a line up of Japanese films of various genres are screened for FREE at SM Cinemas in six selected cities in the Philippines through the months of July and August. Guess what? Baguio is lucky to be among these cities. Hooray!

Listed below are the 12 movies you mustn’t miss at the SM Baguio Cinemas from August 10 to August 13, 2017. 

Note: The following synopses are as written on the official EIGASAI 2017 promotional flier. 

1) August 10 | Thursday |  1:30 PM | Tagalog Dub | PG


2015| 120 min | Feature | DCP, Blu-ray

Directed by: ONE Hitoshi
Produced by: KAWAMURA  Genki
Cast: SATOH Takeru, KAMIKI Rryunoske, KOMATSU Nana

High school student  Moritaka (Satoh Takeru), whose manga artist uncle died from overwork, is talented but spends his days aimlessly. One day, he gets invited by his classmate Akito (Kamiki Ryunoske), a wannabe manga writer, to team up and become manga creators together. From One Hitoshi, the same director of live action “Love Strikes,”  this movie graphically portrays the struggles of two friends to become successful in the world of manga.

2) August 10 | Thursday |  4:30 PM | English Sub| R13


2016| 124 min | Feature | Color | DCP

Directed by: NISHIKAWA Niwa
Produced by: NISHIKAWA Asako, YOSE Akihiko
Cast: MOTOKI Masahiro, TAKEHARA Pistol, FUKATSU Eri

Romance starring Motoki Masahiro from Departures with original story, script, and direction from Nishikawa Miwa of SWAY. A bestselling author discovers the joys living for others after his wife dies and he spends time with children who have lost their mother. Best selling author Kinugasa Sachio’s (Motoki) wife dies in a freak accident. He was cheating on his wife at the time of the accident and has to put on a fake performance as a bereaved husband. Sachio meets Omiya (Takehara Pistol), whose wife also died in the same accident, and offers to help take care of his children,

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Special Presentations
2016 Busan International Film Festival, A Window of Asian Cinema
2016 Rome Film Fest

3) August 10 | Thursday |  7:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2016 | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Historical, Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

Directed by: NAKAMURA Yoshihiro

Produced by: IKEDA Fumitsugu, MIYOSHI Hideyaki, KAMATA Tsunemoto

Cast: ABE Sadawo, Eita, TSUMABUKI Satoshi

A film adaptation of Isoda Michifumi’s original novel which is based on a true story from the middle Edo Period. It comically depicts the efforts of Yoshiokajuko, an inn town in Sendai fief, to save themselves from impoverishment by running a moneylending enterprise against the fiefdom. At the helm is The Inerasable director Nakamura Yoshihiro. On the verge of financial crisis, the Sendai fiefdom levies a heavy tax upon its inhabitants resulting in bankruptcies and people fleeing town in succession. A merchant of Yoshiokajuko, Kokudaya Juzaburo (Abe Sadawo), devises a relief plan to loan money to the fief with a partner and distribute the interest among the people.

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016 Toronto Interenational Film Festival, Opening Film, Japan Cuts, Camera Japan Festival

4) August 11 | Friday |  1:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2016 | 111 min | Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

Directed by: KOIZUMI Nori
Cast: HIROSE Suzu, NOMURA Shuhei, Makenyu

Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for “competitive karuta” (karuta: traditional Japanese playing cards). They part ways after graduation from elementary school, but Chihaya continues to play the game that Arata taught her, in hopes of one day showing him how strong a player she has become

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016 – Bucheon international Fantastic Film Festival, World Fantastic Blue, Fantasia International Film Festival

5) August 11 | Friday |  4:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2016 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

Directed by: YAMADA YOJI
Produced by: FUKASAWA Hiroshi, HASHIZUME Isao, YOSHIYUKI Kazuko, TSUMABUKI Satoshi, AOI Yu

A heartwarming comedy from director Yamada Yoji, known for his “It’s Tough Being A Man” (Otoko wa Tsuraiyo) series, which resembles the cast of his Tokyo Family. Hashizume Isao, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, and Tsumabuki Satoshi portray an entirely different family in a story about elderly parents considering divorce which sends theit whole family into a panic. In his fiftieth year of marriage to Tomiko (Yoshiyuki), Shuzo (Hashizume) decides to buy her a birthday present for a change. However, she tells him he wants his seal for an application of divorce. Their children swiftly convene a family meeting.

Film Festivals, Awards:

2015 Tokyo Internation Film Festival, Japan Now
2016 Shanghai International Film Festival, Officially Recommended
2016 Fantasia Internation Film Festival
2016 “What A Wonderful Family!” Film Partners

6) August 11 | Friday |  7:30 PM | English Sub | R13


2016 | 130 min | Drama, Thriller, Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray

Directed by: KUROSAWA Kiyoshi
Produced by: FUKASAWA Hiroshi, SUMIDA Sestsuko, AKAGI Satoshi, ISHIDA Satoko

Film adaptation of Maekawa Yutaka’s mystery novel detailing the intertwining double enigmas of an unsolved missing family case and an odd, neighboring family. Directed by world reknowned directore Kurosawa Kiyoshi of the horror film Pulse among others it screened at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Criminal psychologist Takakura (Nishijima Hidetoshi) is asked by detective Nogami (Higashide Masahiro) to analyze a missing family case from six years ago.  He questions the only living person who remembers the case, but cannot untangle the mystery. Meanwhile, having just moved, Takakura and his wife (Takeuchi Yuko) can’t seem to figure out their neighbor.

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016- Berlin International Film Festival, Special Gala, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Gala Section, Udine Far East Film Festival, Competition, Seattle International Film Festival, Nippon Connection, Shanghai International Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, Cheval Noir Competition, Helsinki International Film Festival

7) August 12 | Saturday |  1:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2015 | 113 min | Drama, Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray

Directed by: KAWASE Naomi
Produced by: FUKUSHIMA Koichiro, SAWADA Masamichi, OYAMA Yoshihito
Cast: KIKI Kirin, NAGASE Masatoshi, UCHIDA Kyara

The film adaptation to the identical titled Dorian Sukegawa novel by previous Cannes Film Festival award recipient, Kawase Naomi. Kiki Kirin exudes a compelling presence as a course sweet red bean paste artisan, while her first co-starring role with her real-life grandchild, Uchida Kyara is also worthy of attention. Sentaro (Nagase Masatoshi), the manager of a shop selling dorayaki (a sandwich of two small pancakes with a filling of sweetened bean paste) has entrusted the making of the coarse red bean paste to Tokue (Kikin Kirin), who answered a help wanted advertisement. The incredibly delicious flavor boosts the store’s business, but an unkind rumore causes Tokue to go away.

Film Festivals, Awards:

2015 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard
2015 Cork Film Festival, Audience Award
2015 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Performance
2015 Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Audience Award
2015 Valladolid International Film Festival, Best Director
2015 Valletta Film Festival, Best Film, Best Actress

8) August 12 | Saturday |  4:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2015 | 110 min | Documentary | Color | DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

Directed by: ENDO Naotaro
Produced by: TESHIMA Maiko, OKUDA Kazuha, NAKAYAMA Kenichi, SAKAGUCHI Shinichiro

A documentary filmed over 16 months closely chronicling, including areas never before filmed, the Tsukiji Market which is due to be moved to Toyosu. Endo Naotaro, who has been involved in wide ranging works from advertisements to music videos, makes his theatrical film making debut. The Tsukiji Market has continually sustained Japanese food culture for over 80 years. There, intermediate wholesalers and chefs pay out a duel among professionals, and each season’s fish mesmerize even tourists from around the world.

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016 Seattle International Fil Festival, Culinary Cinema
2016 Montreal World Film Festival
2016 San Sebastian International Film Festival, Culinary Cinema

9) August 12 | Saturday |  7:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2016 | 125 min | Drama, Children/ Family, Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray

Directed by: NAKANO Ryota
Produced by: FUKASE Kazumi, WAKABAYASHI Yusuke

A family drama about the intense feelings of a dying mother with a bombshell ending that breaks the heart. It is written and directed by up-and-comer Nakano Ryota, who garnered attention with Capturing Dad. Futaba (Muyazawa Rie), whose husband suddenly left her one year ago, lives with her shy daughter, Azumi (Sugisaki Hana). When Futaba abruptly receives a diagnosis of a terminal illness, she aims to use the brief amount of time she has left to bring back her husband, restart the family’s shut-down bathhouse business, and set Azumi on the path of independence.

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan Now
2016 Busan International Film Festival, A Window on Asian Cinema
2016 Montreal World Film Festival, Focus on World Cinema

10) August 13 | Sunday |  1:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2015 | 119 min | Drama, Children/ Family, Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray

Directed by: NAGAI  Tatsuyuki

Produced by: SAITO Syunsuke

Cast: MINASE Inori, UCHIYAMA Koki, AMAMIYA Sora, HOSOYA Yoshimasa

Nagai Tatsuyuki, Okada Mari, and Tanaka Masayoshi (respectively, the director, writer and character designer of the popular series “Anohana”) reunite for this original theatrical anime which delicately weaves a story about rejuvenation of high school students bearing emotional scars. Second year high school student, Jun (voice: Minase Inori), uttered a remark that hurt her family and hasn’t been able to converse with anyone ever since. In spite of this, Jun is assigned to the action committee for the community relations society at school and made the star of the musical.

11) August 13 | Sunday |  4:30 PM | English Sub | PG


2016 | 103 min | Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

Directed by: KOIZUMI Nori
Cast: HIROSE Suzu, NOMURA Shuhei, Makenyu

Chihaya and Taichi are reunited in high school, and together, they try to form a “competitive karuta club” to compete in the national championship. Chihaya believes that if they make it to the nationals, they may see Arata again. Despite knowing what Chihaya feels about Arata, Taichi joins the club for her…

Film Festivals, Awards:

2016 – Bucheon international Fantastic Film Festival, World Fantastic Blue, Fantasia International Film Festival

11) August 13 | Sunday |  7:30 PM | English Sub | R13


2016 | 125 min | Feature | Color | DCP, Blu-ray, DVD

Directed by: OKITA Shuichi

Produced by: AOKI Yuko, NISHIKAWA Asako, KUBOTA Suguru, SATO Miyuki
Cast: MATSUDA Ryuhei, EMOTO Akira, MAEDA Atsuko

A bittersweet family drama set on an island in the Seto Inland Sea, A mohawk-sporting young man’s homecoming after seven years is rocked by the pronouncement of his father’s remaining time to live. The film is written and directed by Okita Shuichi who has created a unique worldview in films such as The Chef Of South Polar and A Story Of Yonosuke among others. Eikichi (Matsuda Ryuhei), the vocalist for a little-known death metal band, has decided to marry his pregnant girlfriend. However, his headstrong father, Osamu (Emoto Akira), collapses and is diagnosed with cancer.


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