20th EIGASAI Japanese Film Festival Is coming to Bacolod City!

Do you like Japanese Films? Well, on August 24 – 27 at SM City Bacolod you can watch the latest award winning Japanese movies for FREE!

The Japan Foundation, Manila, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Japanese Film Festival (JFF), widely known as EIGASAI, announced the full lineup of films and special guests for JFF | EIGASAI 2017. Starting from Saturday, July 1, in honor of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month, to August 29, 2017 with 20 films of various genres selected for more than 100 screenings across six major cities nationwide, JFF | EIGASAI’s 20th anniversary edition is set to be the biggest and best yet.


It’s awesome that Bacolod was selected to be one of the venues of EIGASAI! Grab your friends, relatives and some popcorn and prepare to have four days of movie marathon! All Films are subtitled in English and one of them, Bakuman is Tagalized. ALL TOTALLY FREE!

Here’s the Schedule for the movie showings!


Not sure what to watch? We’ve compiled trailers and synopsis of the different comedies, thrillers, dramas and documentaries of the films that will be shown in SM cinema, Bacolod


Featured Films


The Long Excuse

永い言い訳 |2016|124 MIN|FEATURE|COLOR|DCP


Based on a book by writer – director Miwa Nishikawa, a recently widowed writer whose wife died in a bus crash comes to terms with his grief,or lack of it, in caring for the children of a working man who also lost his wife in the same accident.




バクマン |2015|120 MIN|DRAMA|COLOR|DCP


High school student Moritaka, whose manga artist uncle died from overwork, is talented but spends his days aimlessly. His classmate Akito dreams of writing original manga stories, and one day invites Moritaka to team up and become manga creators together.


The Magnificent Nine

殿、利息でござる! |2016|129 MIN|COMEDY|COLOR|HDCAM


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 Yoshiokajuku, Kokudaya Juzaburo devises a relief plan to loan money to the fief with a partner and distribute the interest among the people.


Tsukiji Wonderland

Tsukiji Wonderland|2016|110 MIN|DOCUMENTARY|COLOR|DCP


In Tokyo, Japan, the Tsukiji Fish Market is a massive complex where a wide variety of fish products are brokered. The Market employs over 12,000 workers, and about 30,000 customers conduct business there daily. The Market provides fish for Japanese restaurants and consumers, but also sends exotic product throughout the world. The documentary focuses upon the Japanese wholesalers who become fish experts, and devote their life to finding the best, most-desirable fish for their finicky customers.


What a Wonderful Family

家族はつらいよ|2016|108 MIN|COMEDY|COLOR|DCP


A story about elderly parents considering divorce which sends their whole family into a panic. In his fiftieth year of marriage to Tomiko, Shuzo decides to buy her a birthday present for a change. However, she tells him she wants his seal on an application for divorce. Their children swiftly convene a family meeting.



クリーピー 偽りの隣人|2016|130 MIN|THRILLER|COLOR|DCP


Criminal psychologist Takakura is asked by detective Nogami 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 can’t seem to figure out their neighbor.


Chihayafuru Part 1.

ちはやふる 上の句|2016|111 MIN|FEATURE|COLOR|DCP


Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are childhood friends, bound by their passion for “competitive karuta (Japanese traditional playing cards).” Chihaya and Taichi are reunited in high school, and together, they form the “Competitive Karuta Club” to train and compete in the national championship.





A lonely baker has his life (and business) reinvigorated when he hires an elderly woman with an uncanny culinary skill and a mysterious communion with nature, in this graceful, quietly moving drama from Japan’s Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Still the Water).


Her Love Boils Bathwater

湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛|2016|125 MIN|FEATURE|COLOR|DCP


Futaba, whose husband suddenly left her one year ago, lives with her shy daughter, Azumi. 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 to independence.


The Anthem of the Heart

心が叫びたがってるんだ。|2015|119 MIN|ANIMATION|COLOR|DCP


A young girl had her voice magically taken away so that she would never hurt people with it, but her outlook changes when she encounters music and friendship.


The Mohican Comes Home

モヒカン故郷に帰る|2016|125 MIN|FEATURE|COLOR|DCP


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.




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