Yesterday, I stumbled upon the last day of the Japanese Film Festival held at Gaisano South Cinema 4 on July 20, 21, and 22, 2012. Ten Japanese films were featured including Colorful, Abacus and Sword, Villain, Tomorrow's Joe, and Ninja Kids. Admission was free so everybody was welcome to come and see them.
Colorful is an anime and talks about the story of a boy who committed suicide. It teaches the importance of 'living' and appreciation of the things in life that we often just ignore. The film also showcases Japan's old railroad systems.
Tomorrow's Joe is an action film that features an extraordinary boxer named Joe. His unorthodox style made him famous, and even challenged the world-ranked boxer Riikishi. Joe, the protagonist, kinda looks like Daniel Padilla, so that must be the reason why girls scream at the top of their lungs every time those close-ups appear.
Abacus and Sword, my favorite among the three, depicts the story of the abacus Samurais - the bookkeepers of the Kaga clan of the 19th century Japan. It talks about the importance of managing finances, honesty, and avoiding debt.
If only I discovered the said event much earlier, I would have seen the other films.