Back in college, our visual arts group, Mitandi, was invited to Eigaling 2003 along with our adviser and some teachers. We went to Nikkei-Jin Kai for the film showing of contemporary Japanese movies. We watched the anime-drama "Grave of the Fireflies" and just a portion of "The Funeral" because it was getting late.
This year's Japanese Film Festival (Nihon Eiga Sai) had more audiences. Japanese Films were shown across the country in theaters and for free, at least it was here in Davao. I don't know when Eiga Sai started, but I sure am going to take note of that from now on. The films shown in Davao were We shall overcome someday (2004), Linda Linda Linda (2005), and Hanging Garden (2005). I only watched the last 30 minutes of Hanging Garden. The film everyone was waiting for, however, was We shall overcome... and it was the last in line in the second (and final) day of the festival. The movie house was packed with students (from the Nikkei-Jin Kai most probably) and it was very loud inside. But I'm still glad I chose to wait for that movie. That one song is enough reason to watch it. (You'll know what I mean once you see this.)
Next up this year: Cine Europa 11!