For My STS Students: International Film Festival: Eiga Sai and Silent Film Festival 2015

The Silent Film Festival and EIga Sai has and is finishing its run in selected cinemas. The Silent Film Festival at Shang and EIga Sai at Shang and different cinemas around the Philippines. As usual the selecion of films provides the viewer with a fresh perspective on life and society. It is not your usual fare. The range of themes are wide from Science Fiction to Food Documentary. (i) What did you watch? and (ii) What do you like or not like about it? At the end of your comment please leave your name, student number and section.

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55 Responses to For My STS Students: International Film Festival: Eiga Sai and Silent Film Festival 2015

  1. Abigail C. Resuma says:

    The film that I was able to watch was “Parasyte”. It is a Japanese science fiction, bloody horror film that projects the life of a normal teenage boy (Sinichi) as the host of a parasite (Migi).

    Generally, I was not at ease watching the movie because I wasn’t prapared for all those gore scenes. I did not like how it was action-packed with a lot of blood-dripping and body-slashing scenes. For me, it was all to morbid. Despite that, I did appreciate some parts of the movie such as how the supposedly brain-eating parasite and the human host got along well as the movie progressed. It was amazing how they became a duo in order to survive. To add to that, it was really amazing how fast Migi learned to adapt to this new environment and how much knowledge he gained about the human race (the culture and language) in such a short span of time. I also think that the twist at the end where Sinichi’s mom became his enemy was a good one. Although the ending was sad, it was still very touching how his mom saved him.

    I guess, one of the things that the film was trying to shows us was that we shouldnt think too highly of ourselves (human race). We never know when an invasion may suddenly occur and take control of the world that we thought was ours. Science and technology are two very powerful tools we should not underestimate.

    Abigail Resuma

  2. Bianca Sornillo says:

    The film that I was able to watch was Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans by F.W. Murnau. The plot revolves around a married man who was having an affair with a city woman. Urging him to leave everything behind and to go to the city with her, the city woman devises a plan in which the husband’s murder of his wife will appear as if it is an accident. Hesitant at first, the man goes through the plan of killing his own wife by drowning her only to back out moments before the deed was done. The near-murder experience brought the man closer to his wife, choosing to be with her instead of the city woman.

    This was actually the first silent film I have ever watched. Having difficulty understanding what was happening at first, I actually became very interested as the plot progresses. It is fascinating to actually comprehend the story line, which was in fact, very interesting, just by basing it on the characters’ facial expressions and actions. This film has broken off my stigma towards silent film movies.

    Bianca Joyce Sornillo

  3. Jean Villanueva says:

    I was not able to attend the film festival but I was able to find a copy of the film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans in YouTube. It was my first (and only) time watching a silent film and I did not look forward to it because back then, I assumed that silent films were boring and lacked complexity. At first, it did seem boring to me. I wanted to skip some parts. However, when the conflict began, things started to get more interesting.

    The plot of the movie was simple and easy to understand. I liked the music scoring, the character portrayal of the actors and the setting. What I did not like much is how the wife reacted after the husband tried to kill her. I just think that the wife forgave her husband too quickly after a grave offence (attempted murder). For me, it was really unrealistic; unless the wife is suffering from learned helplessness after a long history of domestic abuse, which I am certain was not the case in the film. I just wish the writers prolonged the wife’s hurt feelings a bit.

    Jean Mariz Villanueva

  4. Neil Patrick Ferrer says:

    I have never heard about the Eiga Sai and the Silent Film Festival and I have never had the chance to watch any of the films that belong to this festival. This makes me curious and wonder what it’s all about especially since it’s an International Film Festival. The terms Eiga Sai and Silent Film also catch my attention and curiosity. Without seeking the help of Google, I feel like Eiga Sai is a Japanese term which pertains to something like a ‘saga’. Meanwhile, what comes to mind when I hear Silent Film is a movie wherein there is no voice or no sound. I feel like it’s something similar to The Three Stooges or Mr. Bean but on a more serious note and on a more serious matter. I think the idea is quite interesting, especially the idea of being able to make people understand a story with no dialogues or conversations. I also think films like these are heavy with emotions and aims to send a message to the viewers even without actually uttering a single word. Having said that, I have now included watching at least one film from the Eiga Sai and Silent Film Festival to my bucket list. I hope I could get a chance to watch one next year or anytime soon and I look forward to sharing this experience with everyone.

    FERRER, Neil Patrick S.

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