Monday, July 4, 2011

Eiga Sai

The Japanese Foundation and the Embassy of Japan are hosting the ongoing "Eiga Sai" (Japanese Film Festival) which is already on its 13th year. They would be offering FREE screening of some Japanese movies at Shang Cineplex 4 from July 2-10, 2011.

I'm a self confessed sucker for freebies so I definitely won't miss this. Best things in life are for free nga daw, right? Haha! And just in time, I don't have classes during MWF and Kathy doesn't have work for today, so we decided to just hang out at Shang and check out the festival.

I'm already anticipating a long line outside the cinemas just like when we went there for a Korean movie festival last summer (?). They start giving tickets 1 hour before the scheduled time. We arrived there around 12:40 for the 1pm slot. Everyone was already inside but good thing there's still remaining tickets. But I would suggest if you want a good seat go earlier, plus it just so happen that we went there on the first showing on a weekday so there's not much people unlike on weekends. When went out after the movie, the line outside were already in a loop. Hooray for free stuffs! Hehe. And also, outside food are not allowed in the cinema in case you plan to buy food from some restaurant. Sorry naman, it's my first time watching at Shang. =]

Yunagi City, Sakura Country (Yunagi no machi, sakura no kuni)

The movie was about how the historical Hiroshima bombing affected the lives of the survivors. I thought the movie would be more historical and narrate how the people lived before,during and after the bombing, but nevermind. So it's a dramatic film that started off on the events after the Hiroshima bombing. At the beggining, the story centered on Minami, a girl who survived from the bombing but lost her sister and father from the catastrophe. She was now left with her mother while they let her brother Asahi be adopted. So Minami met this Mr. Ukoshiko(?) who she almost fell for but her past kept haunting her through the voice of her deceased sister. The survivors of the bombing still has the remnants of their past in them through the burns they acquired plus a lot of them acquired health complications because of it. In the second half of the movie, the setting switched on the present time, summer of 2011, where Asahi is already seen as an old father with 2 children. He still can't get over with everything that happened in his past that's why one night he decided to go back to Hiroshima without notice. But her daughter after knowing it, started to follow his father with the help of her friend. And more things were revealed.

It's a 2-hour film, and honestly after the first hour I was already itching to end it already. But anyway, at least I seated on it till the end ,but slipped on some scenes, unlike those who just can't wait. Hehe. For me, the movie was slow-paced and some scenes was mababaw. But anyway, I don't think I have the right to complain. Maybe it's not just not my type of movie (btw, I love Japanese horror movies! <3) because it's more on drama. And I was expecting some other things.

The festival has a total of 10 movies offered, it's good to read on the synopsis first so you can have a greater understanding when you watch it.

*Screening Schedules:


JULY 1 (Friday)
Opening Night by Invitation at Cinema 2
Departures (131 mins ) 7:00 PM

JULY 2 (Saturday)
The Chef of South Polar (125 mins) 1:00 PM
Departures (131 mins ) 4:00 PM
The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (139 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 3 (Sunday)
Summer Days with Coo (1:38 mins) 1:00 PM
The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (139 mins) 4:00 PM
The Chef of South Polar (125 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 4 (Monday)
Yunagi City, Sakura Country (118 mins) 1:00 PM
Villon’s Wife (114 mins) 4:00 PM
Climber’s High (145 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 5 (Tuesday)
Your Friend (125 mins) 1:00 PM
One Million Yen Girl (121 mins) 4:00 PM
Feel the Wind (133 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 6 (Wednesday)
One Million Yen Girl (121 mins) 1:00 PM
Climber’s High (145 mins) 4:00 PM
The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (139 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 7 (Thursday)
Feel the Wind (133 mins) 1:00 PM
Climber’s High (145 mins) 4:00 PM
Your Friend (125 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 8 (Friday)
Your Friend (125 mins) 1:00 PM
Yunagi City, Sakura Country (118 mins) 4:00 PM
Departures (131 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 9 (Saturday)
Departures (131 mins) 1:00 PM
One Million Yen Girl (121 mins) 4:00 PM
Villon’s Wife (114 mins) 7:00 PM

JULY 10 (Sunday)
Summer Days with Coo (1:38 mins)  1:00 PM
Feel the Wind (133 mins) 4:00 PM
The Chef of South Polar (125 mins) 7:00 PM

*schedule copied from

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