The Guide to EIGASAI 2015 from July 10 to 19 at Shang Cineplex

Admission is free!


( This year's lineup for EIGASAI in Shang Cineplex will delight a diverse group of people. There's food, nerdiness, and the absurd brand of humor that Japanophiles have come to expect from the Land of the Rising Sun. 


The festival runs from July 10 to 19 and here's everything you need to know about the free movies they're going to screen!



Princess Jellyfish

Synopsis: A live-action adaptation of a manga (comic book) of the same name, Princess Jellyfish is about the life of a couple of nerdy girls whose lives are thrown for a loop when a beautiful cross-dressing man appears. Thanks, Japan!


July 10, 1:30 p.m.

July 15, 4:30 p.m.

July 17, 7:30 p.m.



Wood Job!

Synopsis: From the pun-y title, you can guess that this is a comedy. Wood Job is directed by Yaguchi Shinobu, the man behind the hit movie Water Boys, so expect some hilarity as you watch urbanized man Hirano Yuki take on the forest! 


July 10, 4:30 p.m.

July 12, 7:30 p.m.

July 14, 1:30 p.m.

July 18, 1:30 p.m.



A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story

Synopsis: Into the kitchen we go! The movie combines two things we love about Japan: Samurai and their cuisine. Aya Ueto and Toshiyuki Nishida star in this historical drama about the Kaga clan, who prepared food for the revered warriors during the Edo period. 


July 10, 7:30 p.m.

July 12, 4:30 p.m.

July 18, 4:30 p.m.



PATISSERIE Coin de rue

Synopsis: Know what else pairs well together? Feelings and desserts! Yu Aoi stars as a daughter of a cake maker who starts off wanting to win a boy's heart, but ends up finding love in pastries. Sounds like us!



July 11, 1:30 p.m.

July 16, 4:30 p.m.

July 19, 4:30 p.m.



Our Family

Synopsis: This family drama was Japan's entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 86th Academy Awards, and we can see that it has all the ingredients of a tearjerker. The matriarch of the Wakana family is diagnosed with a brain tumor and they struggle to fight disillusionment while also hoping for a miracle. 


July 11, 4:30 p.m.

July 15, 7:30 p.m.



Tada's Do-It-All House: Disconcerto

Synopsis: Trust Japan to make a compelling drama about handymen. The film is part of a series about Tada and Gyoten, who are, you guessed it, handymen. There are gang-related crimes and a cult group that sells vegetables. Once again: Thanks, Japan!


July 11, 7:30 p.m.

July 13, 4:30 p.m.

July 15, 1:30 p.m.

July 19, 7:30 p.m.



Thermae Romae II

Synopsis: What happens when you put Roman bath houses against Japanese bath houses? Comedy, obviously. Lucius travels back in time to gather some inspiration from East Asian culture, but ends up getting caught in conflict. Hold on to your bums, because you might laught it off. 


July 12, 1:30 p.m.

July 13, 7:30 p.m.

July 17, 1:30 p.m.



WA-SHOKU: Beyond Sushi

Synopsis: Foodies, this is the movie for you. Need we say more than this is a documentary about sushi? (This almost classifies as porn! Food porn!)


July 13, 1:30 p.m.

July 14, 4:30 p.m.

July 16, 7:30 p.m.



The God of Ramen

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Synopsis: And more love for Japanese food, this time focusing on the perfect bowl to have this season! The God of Ramen is a man named Kazuo Yamagishi. People wait in line for two hours just to get a taste of the hot stuff he serves. The movie tells us why. 


July 14, 7:30 p.m.

July 19, 1:30 p.m.



It's a Beautiful Life: IRODORI

Synopsis: For a bit of inspiration, there's It's a Beautiful Life. Not to be confused with Life is Beautiful or It's a Wonderful Life...but this is touching all the same. The movie is based on the true story of three old ladies who decide that it's not too late to embark on a new adventure, even if it's as simple as selling roadside leaves and plants as garnish. 


July 16, 1:30 p.m.

July 17, 4:30 p.m.




Synopsis: Finally, something for the sci-fi fans. The story is pretty straightforward: humans have become host to "parasytes" and when they take over Shinichi's arm...he becomes friends with it. 


July 18, 7:30 p.m.


Admission is free, but slots are limited. Queue early!

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