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29 films/events

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AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY...
UMI NO KANATA
Japan, Taiwan 2016 | 96 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Documentary, Family, History, Personal Narrative

On a warm spring day in 2015, the Tamaki family – the largest immigrant family on Okinawa’s Yaeyama Island – takes a journey back to the home they’d left before World War II: Taiwan. Little...

Mon, Nov 07 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Fri, Nov 11 - 11:15AM  Dole Cannery D

AFTER THE STORM
海よりもまだ深く
Japan 2016 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family

Award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with a powerful tale of family ties broken and remade. The brilliant Hiroshi Abe stars as Ryota, a struggling novelist who works as a private...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 12 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

BITTERSWEET
Japan 2016 | 96 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Food, Romantic Comedy

Maki has it all, except a boyfriend, and well...cooking skills. She also absolutely hates vegetables. One day she meets Nagisa, and is immediately smitten. There’s a problem: Nagisa is gay and a...

Wed, Nov 09 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 13 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 13 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 18 - 8:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

THE BLUE HEARTS
Japan 2016 | 161 min.
Sound X Vision | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Coming of Age, Drama, Music, Science Fiction

The Pixies, The Cure, Sonic Youth, Nirvana – epic ‘80s & ‘90s rock bands that informed a generation and changed rock forever. But to this list we must add The Blue Hearts, the seminal...

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

THE BOOK PEDDLER
Umi Suzume
Japan 2016 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Self-discovery

Uwajima is a picturesque island city in southern Japan with a rich history. Suzume provides one of the city’s most unique services: library book bicycle delivery. Along with her fellow ‘book...

Thu, Nov 10 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 12 - 11:30AM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 13 - 12:30PM  Regal Kapolei

A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE
リップヴァンウィンクルの花嫁
Japan 2015 | 178 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Magical Realism, Mystery, Self-discovery

The latest film from acclaimed director Shunji Iwai (ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU, HANA & ALICE) is an ethereal tale of life, love, and loneliness in modern Japan. 20-something Nanami is floating...

Sat, Nov 05 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Mon, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery E

THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN
Japan, United States 2016 | 79 min.
Made In Hawaii | Art, Biography, Documentary, Social Issues

This touching documentary chronicles the life of Rikiya Asai, a painter with cerebral palsy who inspires the world with his innovative and humanistic art. Miwako, his mother and caretaker, is his...

Fri, Nov 04 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 05 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery A

CINEMA ANGEL
シネマの天使
Japan 2015 | 93 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Magical Realism, Supernatural

Asuka works in the oldest movie theatre in Japan. But, after 122 years, difficult times are forcing the cinema to close its doors. During the final week, staff and patrons muse over its impact on the...

Sun, Nov 06 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Mon, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 12 - 3:00PM  Regal Kapolei

Sat, Nov 19 - 3:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 20 - 3:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

CREEPY
クリーピー 偽りの隣人
Japan 2016 | 130 min.
Fantastic Asia | Asian Cinema, Crime, Suspense, Thriller

The latest film from award-winning maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (CURE, TOKYO SONATA, JOURNEY TO THE SHORE), CREEPY harks back to his thriller genre roots. After a fatal incident on the police force,...

Mon, Nov 07 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery H

DESPERATE SUNFLOWERS
嫌な女
Japan 2016 | 105 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Self-discovery, Women

Straight-laced attorney Tetsuko (Yo YOSHIDA) is unsatisfied with both her work and personal life. One day, her cousin Natsuko (Yoshino KIMURA) visits Tetsuko to demand financial compensation for...

Fri, Nov 04 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

FIRES ON THE PLAIN
野火
Japan 2014 | 108 min.
Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow | Asian Cinema, Drama, Period/Historical, Thriller, War

Shinya Tsukamoto’s definitive statement on the horrors of war follows Tamura, who has been stranded in the jungles of the Philippines with many others during the waning days of World War II. As...

Sun, Nov 06 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery H

GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME
Japan 2015 | 7 min.
Global Positioning Shorts | Documentary, Experimental, History

A girl walks on the abandoned island with her camera. All the histories and old memories of the island appear on the collapsed building. Shot in 4K, the film is a tribute to Gunkanjima - a UNESCO...

Sat, Nov 12 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery E

HARMONIUM
淵に立つ
Japan 2016 | 118 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Family

Internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Koji Fukada (HOSPITALITE) returns with an intimate and disturbing portrayal of a family come undone. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) and his wife live a quiet life with...

Sat, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Fri, Nov 11 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

HENTAI KAMEN 2: THE ABNORMAL CRISIS
HK 変態仮面 アブノーマル・クライシス
Japan 2016 | 118 min.
Fantastic Asia | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Erotic

HENTAI KAMEN is back! And this time he’s having a very Abnormal Crisis. Just when the beloved Hentai Kamen thought he had defeated his nemesis, a new enemy appears, and he’s stealing all of the...

Sun, Nov 06 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 11 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

HIKAWA MARU
氷川丸ものがたり
Japan 2015 | 94 min.
Film For Thought:Hawaii Council for the Humanities | Anime, Asian Cinema, Family Friendly, History, War

From veteran anime director Shunji Oga comes the epic tale of the legendary Japanese ocean liner, the Hikawa Maru. Young Jiro watches from ashore as the Hikawa Maru leaves on its maiden voyage in...

Sat, Nov 05 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 1:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 20 - 2:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

LOVERS ARE WET
恋人たちは濡れた
Japan 1973 | 77 min.
Fantastic Asia | Asian Cinema, Erotic, Mature Audience, Romance

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Japanese ‘Roman Porno’ genre, film company Nikkatsu has released new titles in the style of the famed 1970s films under the ‘Roman Porno Reboot’...

Wed, Nov 09 - 9:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Thu, Nov 10 - 9:30PM  Dole Cannery C

MIFUNE-THE LAST SAMURAI
Japan 2016 | 80 min.
Documentaries | Biography, Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, History

Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997) is considered the greatest Japanese screen actor. His collaborations with Akira Kurosawa are the stuff of legend. Just as John Ford and John Wayne elevated the American...

Sun, Nov 06 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 11:30AM  Dole Cannery D

MY KOREAN TEACHER
いきなり先生になったボクが彼女に恋をした
Japan 2016 | 98 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Romance, Romantic Comedy

Yesung of SUPER JUNIOR makes his film debut in an Okinawan romantic comedy with a Korean twist! While on a business trip to Okinawa, Young Ung suddenly learns he is out of a job. Feeling lost, he...

Tue, Nov 08 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 11 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery B

OVER THE FENCE
Japan 2016 | 112 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Romance, Self-discovery

From director Nobuhiro Yamashita (LINDA LINDA LINDA, LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM) comes a quirky romance starring Yu Aoi and Joe Odagiri. Loner Shiraiwa is a bit on the down and out. Unemployed and...

Thu, Nov 03 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Fri, Nov 11 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

RASHOMON
羅生門
Japan 1950 | 88 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Period/Historical, Shogun/Samurai

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, RASHOMON is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and...

Sun, Nov 06 - 2:00PM  Dole Cannery A

SADAKO VS. KAYAKO
貞子 vs. 伽椰子
Japan 2016 | 98 min.
Fantastic Asia | Asian Cinema, Horror, Supernatural

Two ghosts who each spawned a dynasty of films – Sadako (THE RING) and Kayako (THE GRUDGE) – are pitted against each other in the most fun J-horror in years! When Natsumi and Yuri find an old VHS...

Fri, Nov 04 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 12 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 7:30PM  Regal Kapolei

Sat, Nov 19 - 8:15PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

A SMALL LIFE
Japan, United States 2016 | 46 min.
Made In Hawaii | Asian American, Documentary, Women

Nearly a lifetime has passed for three sisters who were born on the Hawi Sugar Plantation in Hawai'i. Now octogenarians, they reflect on a tragic event that occurred decades ago. The intimate...

Sun, Nov 06 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 12 - 2:15PM  Dole Cannery E

SUMO ROAD - THE MUSICAL
どす恋 ミュージカル
Japan 2015 | 25 min.
Careful What You Pack Shorts | Comedy, Coming of Age, Musical

Kure, an overweight exchange student from Taiwan, has a hard time fitting in at the Japanese university. Bullied by others because of his weight, he decides to join the sumo team, where he is...

Sun, Nov 06 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery E

TSUKIJI WONDERLAND
築地ワンダーランド
Japan 2016 | 110 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Culture, Documentary, Food, History

Tokyo’s Tsujiki Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world. Built 80 years ago, at its peak, the market attracted 60,000 people a day. TSUKIJI WONDERLAND offers viewers unparalleled...

Sat, Nov 05 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

TWISTED JUSTICE
日本で一番悪い奴ら
Japan 2016 | 134 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Crime & Gangster, Crime Thriller, Drama

Director Kazuya Shiraishi (THE DEVIL’S PATH) presents this sweeping crime thriller about the blurred lines of justice in snowy Hokkaido. Based on the true story of the biggest police scandal in...

Thu, Nov 10 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 12 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery D

WE ARE X
Japan, United States 2015 | 93 min.
Sound X Vision | Biography, Culture, Documentary, Music

From the team behind the Oscar® winning SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN comes WE ARE X, a transcendent rock ’n’ roll story about X Japan, the world’s biggest and most successful band you’ve never...

Sat, Nov 05 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Wed, Nov 09 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

WET WOMAN IN THE WIND
Kaze ni Nureta Onna
Japan 2016 | 77 min.
Fantastic Asia | Asian Cinema, Erotic, Mature Audience, Romance

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Japanese ‘Roman Porno’ genre, film company Nikkatsu has released 5 new titles in the style of the famed 1970s films under the ‘Roman Porno...

Wed, Nov 09 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Thu, Nov 10 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery C

WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY!
家族はつらいよ
Japan 2016 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Family

The latest film from renowned director Yoji Yamada is a joyful, comedic tale of family life in modern Japan. Retired curmudgeon Shuzo lives a life of relative peace with his doting wife Tomiko, their...

Sun, Nov 06 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 12 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery B

YOUR NAME.
君の名は。
Japan 2016 | 105 min.
Closing Night Film | Anime, Asian Cinema, Coming of Age, Gala, Romance, Supernatural

Buzzworthy director Makoto Shinkai’s latest film is the gorgeously animated YOUR NAME. Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. When Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her...

Sun, Nov 13 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 13 - 9:30PM  Dole Cannery B

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