Eigasai is bound to be a treat for any Japanese film fanatic

Modern family: Her Love Boils Bathwater, one of the featured films of Eigasai, is a touching tale of a mother and her family.

The culture of Japan has always been uniquely fascinating — everything from their language, fashion, entertainment to even their technological prowess is unlike any of their Asian peers. Their films provide a glimpse of Japanese life, and are the perfect gateway for those who just want to immerse themselves in the culture, or simply get their feet wet.

What better way to do this than with a film festival? Japan Foundation Manila brings Eigasai, the yearly Japanese film festival, to be held around the country from July 1 until Aug. 29. Now in its 20th iteration, this year’s festival is a smorgasbord of themes and scenes from Japanese life and culture, featuring 20 films of various genres. The selected films, which include Her Love Boils Bathwater, The Sting of Death and Departures, have won numerous awards from various award-giving bodies, including the Academy Awards and the Grand Prize of the Jury from the Cannes Film Festival. This year is also the festival’s biggest yet, with over 100 screenings across six major cities nationwide.

Apart from Metro Manila, Eigasai will come to Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao. The festival will kick off at the CCP Dream Theater (July 1 and Aug. 5, 10 and 11) and will move to the Shang Cineplex Cinema (July 6-16), Abreeza Mall Cinema (July 21-23), FDCP Cinematheque-Davao (July 26-30), Ayala Center Cebu (Aug. 2-6), SM City Baguio Cinema (Aug. 10-13), UP Film Institute (Aug. 16-19), and SM City Bacolod Cinema (Aug. 24-27), and FDCP Cinematheque-Iloilo (Aug. 25-29). ­

Admission to the film festival is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings at the Shang Cineplex Cinema will be P100. For more information on Eigasai, visit Japan Foundation Manila on Facebook.

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