Emerging directors and wide range of genres in 20th Eiga Sai

Since its inception in 1997, the Eiga Sai film festival, staged annually by Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan, has been more than a showcase of films that highlight Japan’s culture and national identity—it’s also a unique cradle for filmmakers who have helped propel Japan’s cinematic evolution.

So it is only fitting that two promising tyro directors—Ryota Nakano and Hirobumi Watanabe—take center stage as their films headline Eiga Sai’s 20th anniversary, which will have a grand launch on July 6.

Nakano, whose film “Her Love Boils Bathwater” kicks off Eiga Sai’s gala night, is this year’s special guest director, while Watanabe’s “Poolsideman” will premiere during th…

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