All You Need to Know About Eigasai 2018
By Therese Aseoche
It’s that time of the year once again to celebrate Japanese culture through film. Eigasai Japanese Film Festival 2018 will be treating us to a varied roster of Japanese feature films that touch on drama, romance, and comedy, with a couple of documentaries and an animated film as well.
From July 4 to August 18, you can catch these handpicked masterpieces at specific areas around Metro Manila: Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2, the CSR and Escalar Hall of Ateneo de Manila University, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Cinematheque Center Manila, and the UP Film Institute at UP Diliman.
Here’s what you should know to be fully prepared for the festival:
You should reserve tickets for Greenbelt 1 screenings
Just like the previous years’ screenings at EDSA Shangri-la Mall, the film screenings at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 will cost PHP 100 per movie. You can reserve tickets online at www.sureseats.com, or at the Greenbelt 1 cinema booth starting June 27, 2018.
It’s a first come first serve basis for other venues
Don’t worry; Eigasai 2018 is free for all other venues, including those outside of Metro Manila! But remember that all film screenings are on a first come first serve basis, so line up and get your tickets early if you want to get good seats!
There are three chances for you to catch Chihayafuru Parts 1 to 3
Every year, Eigasai shows an opening feature film to kick off the entire event, and this year, there will be three! Three parts, that is. Chihayafuru, a manga-to-film adaptation about Ayase Chihaya and her childhood friends who are bound by their common love for competitive karuta (Japanese traditional playing cards) and form a club to train and compete in the national championship. Eigasai 2018 will be launching Part 3 of the film series on July 4 at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 to an audience of invited guests, but here are the three other opportunities for you to watch all three parts:
There are three special screenings with talks and Q&As you can attend
There will also be special talks this year by Directors Koizumi Nori of Chihayafuru and Toda Hikaru of Of Love and Law, and by the original author of When The Curtain Rises, Hirata Oriza. You can attend the talk of Director Koizumi Nori on July 6 at Escalar Hall, ADMU and July 7 at Greenbelt 1; Director Toda Hikaru on August 4 at CCP and August 5 at Cinematheque Center Manila; and Director Hirata Oriza on August 17 at CCP.