By Boy Villasanta | Published: November 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t bar the Japanese government to show its homegrown films to the Filipino audience. This is to bring closer the Japanese culture and tradition to a neighboring Asian country like the Philippines to foster stronger ties with the former colonizer in the Second World War.
The Japan Foundation in Manila (JFM) has announced the Japan Film Festival (JFF) Plus: Online Festival to be streamed in https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp/ website from November 20 to 29, 2020.
The New Fest
The JFF has replaced the annual EIGASAI, an acronym which means film festival— eiga for film and sai for festival.
According to the JFM, it was in March that the organization has said goodbye to the common, past film event.
Liza Diño-Seguerra, chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) in her speech at the online presscon, said she and her agency are happy to partner with the Japan filmfest to share common vision with world cinema to unite peoples of all races.
Meanwhile, Suzuki Ben, JPM director, said that even if the Filipinos couldn’t go out to watch movies in theaters, the Foundation has facilitated a worthwhile live streaming of Japanese films to inspire and reflect on life’s realities and experiences of Japanese culture and tradition.
Among the films to be shown are “Our 30-Minute Sessions” (2020) by Hagiwara Kentaro; “Little Nights, Little Love” (2019) by Imaisumi Rikiya; “The Great Passage “(2013) by Ishii Yuya; “Project Dreams—How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hangar” (2020) by Hanabusa Tsutomu; “Café Funiculi Funicula” (2018) by Tsukahara Ayuko; “0.5mm” (2014) by Ando Momoko;
“Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday” (2014) and “A Story of Yonosuke” (2013) by Okita Shuichi; “Railways” (2010) by Nishikori Yoshinari; “Lady Maiko” (2014) by Suo Masayuki; “Stolen Identity” (2018) by Nakata Hideo; “Key of Life” (2012) by Uchida Kenji, and “Dance with Me” by Yaguchi Shinobu.
Fans of animation films will also be treated to Japanese cinematic greats films like “Sumikkogurashi: Good to be in the Corner” (2019) by Mankyu; “Production I.G Animation: Tokyo Marble Chocolate” (2007) by Shiotani Naoyoshi; “Gon, The Little Fox” (2015); “Moon of a Sleepless Night” (2015); “Norman the Snowman—The Northern Light” (2013) and “Norman the Snowman—On a Night of Shooting Stars” (2016) by Yashiro Takeshi and Production I.G Short Animations;
“Pigtails” (2015) by Itazu Yoshimi; “Kick-Heart” (2013) by Yuasa Masaaki; “Li’l Spider Girl” (2012) by Kaiya Toshihisa; “Drawer Hobs” (2011) by Kise Kazuchika, and “The Girl from the Other Side” (2019) by Kubo Yutaro.
Meanwhile, documentary films will also be screened such as “Peace” (2010) by Soda Kazuhiro; “Tora-san in Goto” (2016) by Oura Masaru; “Tsukiji Wonderland” (2016) by Endo Naotaro, and the 1952 classic “The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice” by Ozu Yasujiro.