Eigasai Festival 2022

 

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Eigasai 2022: For Love's SAKE

Even today, young Japanese are fascinated by the western world and its culture more than their own traditions. Shiori, a student of agricultural university in Tokyo, shares similar values in this romantic Japanese comedy where streams of sake will flow. She wants to be a sommelier and study wine craft in France. On her teacher’s whim, though, she is sent to a popular traditional sake brewery, Saijo in Hiroshima for practice. Despite a series of misunderstandings, she is determined to obtain the course credit and make her French dream reality. She never loved sake, but when the sake makers teach her about the correct temperature and serving, she discovers a whole new world. Suddenly, she finds herself in an environment where sake is central to everything. The son of the sake brewery’s owner does not intend to carry on the family tradition but circumstances bring him back to his mother’s idea of making a special sake variety using the traditional method. Both young people are facing a difficult task with an uncertain result. The director is Segi Naoki; you may have seen his Ramen Samurai. 2018 Hawaii International Film Festival © 2018 „For Love's SAKE“ Film Partners Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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21. 2. Monday

130,00 18:00
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Eigasai 2022: Strawberry Song

A romantic comedy. Kota, a shy yet kind man works in a frozen food factory and really likes his job. On the Tanabata holiday, he happens to meet his former schoolmate Chika and they both realise the sad link between the two of them and the date: their friend Shindji died on the same day exactly ten years ago. Neither of the two wants to be alone on that day, so they agree to meet this day every year. Kota tries to entertain his friend by recounting his weird experiences with an extravagant neighbour and funny stories from his otherwise boring life. He fails to notice that Chika is unhappy in her own little world and still feels guilty of their friend’s death despite the years that have passed. Every year, she leaves Kota sadder. When she finally decides to share her secret with Kota, she hopes that he, a kind and helpful companion, will find a way for her to free herself from the past and shake her inner fears. The title of the film is based on a song by the punk rock band Ging Nang Boys, which you will also get to hear in the film. © 2019 "STRAWBERRY SONG" FILM PARTNERS Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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22. 2. Tuesday

130,00 18:00
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Eigasai 2022: Mori, The Artist's Habitat

The film tells the story of an eccentric yet recognised artist, Morikazu Kumagai who never left his own garden in the last 30 years of his life. His paintings in the nihonga style may at a glance seem naïve or even childishly simple. He uses oil on canvas to depict mostly cats, insects and flowers. To finds his inspiration, he ventures into the nooks and crannies of his garden every day, watching nature. His wife, played by Kirin Kiki, cares about everything involving the house. His house is a busy place, with both neighbours and visitors from afar coming and going, and everybody really respects the artist. A high-rise building to be newly built in the neighbourhood threatens to cast a shadow over most of his garden. As a result, sunlight would only hit the little lake that he dug in the stubborn earth for years. How will the modern age affect the man who, in his isolation, has no idea of the existence of high-speed trains, but knows which foot ants tread with first? The film was directed by Okita Shuichi, the author of films that Eigasai featured earlier: The Mohican Comes Home and A Story of Yonosuke. 2018 JAPAN CUTS, CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Performance in Film (Kiki Kirin) 2018 Beijing International Film Festival 2018 Far East Film Festival © 2017 “Mori, The Artist's Habitat” Film Partners Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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23. 2. Wednesday

130,00 17:30
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Eigasai 2022: Born to be a Star

Documentary movie with lecture – Ondrej Hybl Being the first-born son in a family that has passed on the traditional Japanese stage art for generations in Kyoto must inevitably seem beautiful and romantic to us, Czech admirers of Japanese culture. However, we are all born naked and we have to learn from scratch whatever it is that we will pursue all our lives. Preschool kids could care less about the position they may hold sometime in the future. Quite naturally, they are shy and they usually do not share the enthusiasm for their parents’ path of life. As a result, the journey to the first performance and the first success can have an unexpectedly deep human dimension even in a famous Kyoto family. It can also test the parents’ ability to teach and motivate children just the same as anywhere else on the planet. The evening will offer the audience a glimpse into how children’s art is viewed in a traditional Japanese family and outside. Viewers will be shown archive footage from a unique time-lapse documentary that captures the preparations of two young Kyoto artists for their first performance and offers very rare peeks into the background of the family rehearsal spaces and theatres. This is the only screening of the film outside of Japan. Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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24. 2. Thursday

130,00 18:00
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Eigasai 2022: Omotenashi

“Life without remorse is not a very good life.” Taiwanese director Jay Chern presents the art of traditional Japanese hospitality, called ‘omotenashi’ in its entirety, in his full-length debut. Young and arrogant corporate exec Jackie is sent to Japan to prepare a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, for refurbishment and sale. Perhaps to attract to his ex-girlfriend, Jackie decides to rebuild the inn on the shore of Lake Biwa into a wedding hotel. However, the place is managed by innkeeper Mitsuko and her daughter Rika, and they have a completely different ideas about the future. The film will definitely intrigue an audience that appreciates beautiful depictions of the perfect Japanese culture whose depths they can explore through the story on the screen along with the young and cynical businessman who discovers the values of modesty and humility and the depths of human relationships in the environs of an ancient inn that he originally wanted to destroy. The film is also a picturesque rural romance with inter-generational conflicts that lets viewers savour the historical Kyoto setting. Actress Tanaka Rena played in Dear Etranger and Jo Kimiko played in Departures, both films that we featured in the past editions of our festival. 2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018 Almaty Film Festival 2018 Chongqing Youth Film Festival 2018 Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2018 Cincinnati Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival © Shochiku Studio / Epic Entertainment Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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25. 2. Friday

130,00 21:03
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Eigasai 2022: My Neighbor Totoro

You can hardly find anyone in Japan who does not know the film. Several generations have grown up watching it, and the Totoro character has earned popularity the world over. The film is cute and funny, yet it also shows the touching separation of children from their parents. Satsuki, a girl of eight years of age and her younger sister Mai with their parents move to the countryside to a crumbling old house. The mum is in hospital for a long time and the dad has to take care of everything, the house and the garden. As a result, the girls have a lot of time to explore the surroundings of their house where – much to their surprise – they discover magical beings. The biggest one is the good-natured forest spirit, Totoro, with whom they experience their very first adventure. Things take a dramatic turn when Mai is lost and everybody sets out to search for her. The worlds of people and magical beings intersect only slightly and the magic is in nature itself. The author is Hayao Miyazaki, the one and inimitable master of animation, and as with all films by the Ghibli studio, Joe Hisayashi provided the soundtrack to Totoro. My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) © 1988 Studio Ghibli Show more

2D CS 12
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26. 2. Saturday

130,00 13:30
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Eigasai 2022: Room Laundering

Getting an affordable rental apartment in Japan is never easy. Low prices may stem from the fact that someone died tragically in the flat. The reason why someone rejects a lease may be a chance for someone else to start a strange business. Mika is a girl who moves into such flats for a short period of time; she can see the ghosts of the deceased and helps them to resolve their earthly issues and delete the stigmatisation of the past in the apartment. A bit dark comedy shows Japan full of ghosts that only Mika and Goro, her uncle, know about; their family has been inheriting the ability for generations. However, when they encounter the angry ghost of a young murdered woman, full of hate and craving revenge and reasons why she had to die, all the fun suddenly stops. The murderer has to be found and convicted. And that will be neither easy nor safe, even if with ghosts on your side. Will Mika stay in her lonely world, or will she succeed to free herself, find her mother, and finally live on her own terms? The film is adapted from the work of the second prize winner of the TSUTAYA CREATORS’ PROGRAM FILM 2015 talent scouting programme. ©2018 ”Room Laundering” Film Partners Show more

2D CS/ES 12
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26. 2. Saturday

130,00 18:00
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Eigasai 2022: Farewell Song

Haru and Lea are two girls who make up the Haru-Leo musical duo. They busk in the streets with guitars and their independent music is organically finding an audience, mostly among young girls to whom the two are becoming idols. While the talented Haru writes lyrics and music, the more attractive Lea with a bad taste in men feels useless and ostracised. Conflicts and struggles well up between the two girls. The film begins as the storyline is approaching its end. Despite their success, they both agree to split. Their roadie Shima is the last bond that keeps them together. They are about to embark to one final tour before finally parting ways. On the road, they return to clubs where they first started and recall the joy of their initial achievements. The film hints at a love triangle, but music is really what it is all about. Both heroines have put their lives into it, and now they are about to leave it. ©2019 "FAREWELL SONG" FILM PARTNERS Show more

2D CS/ES 15
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27. 2. Sunday

130,00 18:00
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