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Free Japanese Movies at Eiga Sai 2012

This month, we go turning Japanese!
by Gelo Gonzales | Jul 5, 2012
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There’s a reason to celebrate every month. June was all about freedom but mainly, the NBA Finals. May had Labor Day, and as we all found out, it was also masturbation month. Yeah, you all liked that, didn’t you?

July has something almost as orgasmic: July is Philippines-Japanese Friendship Month. As evidenced by all the local otaku conventions, and the non-lack of anime programs on TV, Filipinos like Japanese stuff. However, this month-long celebration of all things Nippon isn’t limited to manga, and anime. It’s a well-blended showcase of art, music, movies and culture.

Here’s a quick rundown:

”Sharaku Interpreted by Japan’s Contemporary Artists,” a traveling exhibit, will be featuring posters, paintings, and sculptures of Toshusai Sharaku, an 18th-century artist who’s world-famous for his bust portraits of kabuki actors. The works will be on display from July 10 to September 9, 2012 at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum in Makati.

”Aki & Kuniko” is a Japanese acoustic duo. And not just any acoustic duo. The pair is considered to be the best guitar and “koto” (Japan’s national instrument) duo. The video below should be enough to impress. For full concert schedule, check out www.jfmo.org.

There’s something for the anime fans too as the 2012 JPOP Anime Singing Contest and Mini-Cosplay Contest, Le Velvets Concert and an Anime Film Showing happens at the SM Mall of Asia on July 21-22 2012.

Finally, Eiga Sai 2012—the kind of filmfest that cineastes with a taste for foreign flavors go ga-ga over. Featuring 10 gems of Japanese cinema across a variety of genres, the festival runs from July 6 to 15 at Shangri-La Plaza. To better acclimate ourselves with what to expect, we’ve prepared a summary of the films to be shown in the gallery below.

For full screening schedule of the movies below, please visit www.jfmo.org.ph, or contact them at (02) 811-6155 to58

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WORDS BY GELO GONZALES
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