Japan is a country where there are specific instructions for virtually any activity to make sure that it is done correctly. Children are taught to say hello loudly from an early age. There are specific rules for telephone calls, e-mail communication, and even neighbourly cooperation in beautifying the streets or practicing fire drills in the suburban quarter where you are staying.

As visitors to Japan, you will encounter politeness and willingness to help on every corner regardless of the language barrier. It is somewhat contagious, too. After a few days, you inadvertently begin to bow when paying and say ‘sumimasen’ when working your way through a crowd. When you see the Japanese standing contently in queues, you begin to suspect that maybe they actually enjoy being part of the queue and waiting. Nobody in the queue is grumbling or looking at their watch. And, how come there is no litter anywhere even though litterbins are a very rare occurrence in the streets? This and other mysteries are fascinating, especially when you realise that, various cultural differences aside, the Japanese are people like us.

Entering a village, respect its rules. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. These two popular proverbs exist in Japan and in Europe, respectively, and carry the same message. However, the Japanese are raised to follow both written and unwritten rules of their society from an early age much more sternly than we can imagine. They learn what to do during an earthquake as early as in preschools. In school and at work, they are taught to respect much finer subtleties of social customs. It may seem that the more rules there are, the less freedom is left for an individual – yet precisely defined rules can give a person the guidelines and freedom to communicate with the majority of society. Also, rules can save lives in times of crisis, as the unfortunate developments illustrated earlier this year. The textbook execution of evacuating all 359 passengers from a burning JAL airplane in just 90 seconds confirms this. Rules such as those are what we want to explore through the perspectives of film characters during this edition of the festival. The heroes of the films featured this year are often thrown as a foreign element into an established and functioning community. Each of them has to wrestle their new role, so to speak, in order to build their social position. They give us a chance to have good fun a lot of the times while offering essential insights into life in Japan.

The films for this year’s edition of the festival were provided by The Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan in the Czech Republic and the GAGA and Shin-Ei Animation distribution companies.

Allow us to sincerely thank you, our visitors, for coming, and the sponsors and partners of the festival for the support that you all have been showing Eigasai for 17 years. We are looking forward to meeting you in the Lucerna cinema and at other events held by the Czech-Japan Association.











Eigasai 2024



All movies are in Japanese, subtitled in both Czech and English.

Single entry tickets 150 CZK, for ZTP, students and seniors 120 CZK.


For children under 10 years of age, free admission to the film Crayon Shinchan the Movie: The Tornado Legend of Ninja Mononoke .

The discount on admission can only be applied at the Lucerna cinema ticket office.


Accreditation for 900 CZK and ZTP/student/senior 650 CZK

On sale from 8.2.2024.               


Film screenings and performances take place at the Great Hall of Lucerna Cinema, Vodičkova 36, Praha 1.

The program may be subject to change.




各映画のチケット料金 150,-CZK








映画はVodičkova 36, Praha 1、 ルツェルナ宮殿内映画館の大ホールにて上映。