Foreign film festivals can give you a unique glimpse into an entirely different culture while satisfying the movie junkie in you. We get several in a year, like the EIGASAI Film Festival, and for a short period of time, you can catch Japanese films from a curated lineup. The selection is always fresh and diverse, but like most film festivals, it gets a limited run and the titles aren't always available in a lot of theaters. If you missed the screenings in July at the Red Carpet, Shangri-La Plaza, we have good news for you: The UP Film Institute Film Center is screening several EIGASAI Film Festival entries from August 14 to 17.
Here are the EIGASAI films you can catch for free:
Samurai Marathon (2019)
Schedule: August 17 at 7 p.m.
After a feudal lord stages a marathon to whip his samurai into shape in preparation for the US invasion, the Japanese government mistakes this as a threat to their control and reign.
Yakiniku Dragon (2018)
Schedule: August 16 at 2 p.m. and August 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Taking place in post-war Japan, the film follows the daily lives of a Korean family as they carve a new normal while running a food joint called "Yakiniku Dragon."
After The Storm (2016)
Schedule: August 14 at 7 p.m.
After years of neglecting his family as he spirals into debt brought about by his addiction to gambling, a detective returns to his family to set things right and be a better person.
The 8-Year Engagement (2017)
Schedule: August 16 at 4:30 p.m.
After receiving a proposal, a man's girlfriend falls ill only to reawaken with no recollection of her life and her relationships. The film is based on a true story.
Laughing Under The Clouds (2018)
Schedule: August 14 at 2 p.m.
Adapted from a comic, the film features three brothers joining forces to defeat a snake demon in order to protect mankind.
Lu Over The Wall (2017)
Schedule: August 17 at 11 a.m.
Tackling friendship, family, and love, this vibrant animated film features a lonely boy finding his place on Mermaid Island where he joins and practices with a school band.
Schedule: August 15 at 2 p.m.
Struggling to come to terms with the now decreased attention from his parents brought about by the arrival of his younger sister, a spoiled boy changes his views about his family life when he gets a visit from his younger sister's older, future version.
Mixed Doubles (2017)
Schedule: August 15 at 4:30 p.m.
After being cheated on by a fellow table tennis star, a girl returns to her hometown to restart the now-defunct table tennis team left behind by her mom in order to win against her ex-boyfriend and the girl he replaced her with.
The Third Murder (2017)
Schedule: August 15 at 7 p.m.
A detective encounters an odd case: A man who once fought for his innocence only to be proven guilty commits murder again and admits to it this time. As he uncovers the truth, he realizes there's more to his client than meets the eye.
One Cut of the Dead (2018)
Schedule: August 14 at 4:30 p.m. and August 16 at 11 a.m.
A horror-movie crew shoots in an abandoned location that was meant to serve as an active water filtration facility. Lines blur between reel and real as they encounter supernatural phenomena.
Schedule: August 14 at 11 a.m. and August 16 at 7 p.m.
A dad-and-son duo work together to shoplift stores in order to survive, but everything changes when they rescue a lonely girl on the streets and sets off on an investigation in search of her.
Perfect World (2018)
Schedule: August 15 at 11 a.m.
A girl encounters her high school crush once more after he meets a tragic accident that leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite his condition, she is optimistic that they will live together happily.