This year marks the 100th anniversary of establishment of the Japanese community in Davao. To celebrate this longstanding friendship of Japan and the Philippines, especially peoples from Davao, the Consulate-General of Japan in Davao and the Japan Foundation, Manila will hold Japan Film Weekend in Davao on October 11-13, 2019 at SM Lanang Premier Cinema 1 in Davao City.
During the 3-day screenings, 5 contemporary Japanese films are to be shown: Shoplifters (2018) by prestigious Director Hirokazu Kore-eda, which won Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival in 2018; Samurai Marathon (2019), a historical drama directed by Bernard Rose, based on Akihiro Dobashi’s novel about Ansei Tooashi, Japan’s first marathon; Kakegurui (2019), a live action adaptation of popular manga featuring compulsive student gamblers; Okko’s Inn (2018), an film anime adaptation of a popular piece of children’s literature that has sold over 3 million copies; and The Tears of Malumpati (2019), a drama based on a true story of the Pandan Water Pipe Project in Antique, Philippines, where Japanese and Filipino work together while overcoming various hardships.
The Japanese Film Weekend is presented in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), SM Cinema and SM Lanang Premier. All films will be screened with English subtitles. Seats are on a first-come, first served basis and admission is free. The free tickets will be released one hour before the scheduled screening.