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Japan

A BETTER TOMORROW
Japan 2013 | 13 min.
Turning Point | Action, Adventure, Asia

In the near future when water is scarce, Shin and Myra, two orphans following in their scientist father's footsteps, develop a technology that could turn the tides of time and heal the earth. But...

Thu, Oct 30 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

CAN & SULO-CHAN
Japan 2014 | 14 min.
Love in Small Corners | Comedy, Romance

Sulochan, an Indian businessman, finds his new life in Tokyo is extremely lonely. One day he meets CAN, a talking vending machine, and an unconventional love affair is born.

Sat, Nov 08 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery F

A COURTESAN WITH FLOWERED SKIN
花宵道中
Japan 2014 | 102 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Drama, Period piece, Romance

Asagiri is saddled with the sad fate of a courtesan. Although she's trapped by the life of a prostitute, she continues working, knowing that she'll be leaving as soon as the term of her...

Fri, Oct 31 - 9:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Thu, Nov 06 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 08 - 8:00PM  Koko Marina A

CROWS: EXPLODE
クローズ EXPLODE
Japan 2014 | 129 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Action, Asia, Drama

The latest in the CROWS saga, CROWS: EXPLODE brings a new freshman class to the delinquent Suzuran high to wreak havoc in its’ gang wars. Cult director Toshiaki Toyoda take the reigns in this...

Mon, Nov 03 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery F

Sat, Nov 08 - 9:30PM  Dole Cannery C

CYCLOID
Japan 2013 | 3 min.
Animation Ground Control | Animation, Art, Asia, Fantasy

CYCLOID is an animated work representing impermanence. The beauty of the changing times is expressed through animated landscapes drawn by hand. The film argues that by accepting and enjoying change,...

Sun, Nov 09 - 4:15PM  Dole Cannery D

ECOTHERAPY GETAWAY HOLIDAY
Japan 2014 | 92 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy, Drama, Environment, Road Movie, Women

Seven women, aged between 40 and 80, have signed up for a nature walk/waterfalls/hot spring tour. The women chat, pick berries, and take photos as they follow their unreliable guide to the waterfall....

Sun, Nov 02 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 09 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 15 - 2:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sat, Nov 15 - 7:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

FUKU-CHAN OF FUKUFUKU FLATS
福福荘の福ちゃん
Japan 2013 | 110 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Tatsuo Fukuda, nicknamed “Fuku-chan,” is a painter who lives in a run-down apartment complex called Fukufuku Flats. He spends his days working up a sweat painting buildings, his nights mediating...

Sat, Nov 01 - 4:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Mon, Nov 03 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

THE FURTHEST END AWAITS
さいはてにて−かけがえのない場所−
Japan 2014 | 119 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Women

In the bucolic Note Peninsula, Misaki returns to her missing father’s home, and she refurbishes it into an artisan coffee shop. Despite an awkward beginning with Eriko, a single mother and her two...

Mon, Nov 03 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 08 - 4:45PM  Dole Cannery A

HOMELAND
家路
Japan 2014 | 118 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Drama, Environment, Social Issues

The Sawada family have been forced from their home by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, living in cramped temporary housing as they try to rebuild their lives without the land they have farmed for...

Sun, Nov 02 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 09 - 2:30PM  Koko Marina A

KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL
Japan 2014 | 135 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Drama, Romance

Kabukicho, Tokyo’s most notorious red-light district is also known as "The Sleepless Town." Given the area's reputation for illicit activities, it should come as no surprise that the...

Fri, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery C

Sat, Nov 08 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery C

THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS
夢と狂気の王国
Japan 2013 | 120 min.
Documentaries | Art, Asia, Biography, Documentary

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the...

Sat, Nov 01 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery G

Sat, Nov 08 - 4:15PM  Dole Cannery F

KUMIKO THE TREASURE HUNTER
Japan, United States 2014 | 105 min.
North American Cinema | Asia, Drama, Fantasy, Road Movie

Kumiko lives in a cramped apartment in Tokyo. She works as an office lady, preparing tea for her nitpicky boss. But on her own time, she obsessively watches a well-known American film on a weathered...

Sat, Nov 01 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 08 - 7:00PM  Dole Cannery D

LITTLE FOREST: SUMMER & AUTUMN
リトル・フォレスト 夏編・秋編
Japan 2014 | 120 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Environment, Food, Magical Realism, Self-discovery

Ichiko departs city life to return to her small hometown Komori, located in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal...

Sat, Nov 01 - 2:00PM  Dole Cannery F

Sun, Nov 02 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery F

LUPIN THE THIRD
ルパン三世
Japan 2014 | 133 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Action, Adventure, Asia, Comedy, Crime, Detective/Mystery

The live action adaptation of LUPIN THE THIRD is here! Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, Ishikawa Goemon, Fujiko Mine and Inspector Koichi Zenigata face a powerful enemy and form the Lupin team. The team...

Sat, Nov 01 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Tue, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Koko Marina B

MY MAN
私の男
Japan 2014 | 129 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Romance, Thriller

After losing her family in the 1993 Hokkaido earthquake, 9-year-old Hana finds herself adopted by distant relative Jungo. As she gets older she develops a deep attachment to Jungo, considering him...

Mon, Nov 03 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 08 - 9:30PM  Dole Cannery G

NEKO SAMURAI
猫侍
Japan 2014 | 100 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Comedy, Period piece

Madarame is a feared swordsman who has fallen on hard times. Caught between two warring gangs in a battle of cat lovers vs. dog lovers, he accepts the canine faction's request to assassinate the...

Sat, Nov 08 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 09 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery C

SAMURAI PIRATES
Japan 2014 | 125 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Adventure, Asia, Family Friendly, Fantasy

Kaede is a sprightly girl whose island town in the Seto Inland Sea is threatened by the abolition of a ferry route central to its survival. If discontinued her family will lose their soy sauce...

Sun, Nov 09 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery F

SNOW ON THE BLADES
柘榴坂の仇討
Japan 2014 | 120 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Adventure, Asia, Drama, Period piece

Edo. End of the Tokugawa Era. Bodyguard Kingo Shimura has been assigned to protect lord Naosuke at all costs, but when Naosuke is murdered during a blood soaked ambush, Kingo must pay the price....

Sun, Nov 02 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Wed, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery G

THERMAE ROMAE II
テルマエ・ロマエII
Japan 2014 | 113 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Comedy, Fantasy

The hilarious sequel to the smash hit THERMAE ROMAE (HIFF 2012) starts off in ancient Rome, where architect Lucius (Hiroshi Abe), at the top of his game, receives an order to construct a new thermae...

Sat, Nov 01 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 08 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 09 - 5:00PM  Koko Marina A

TOKYO TRIBE
トウキョウ トライブ
Japan 2014 | 116 min.
HIFF Extreme | Action, Asia, Crime, Music

Japan's Sion Sono is back with a film unlike anything you've ever seen before: a yakuza/street-gang/hip-hop musical epic. In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto...

Fri, Nov 07 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 08 - 6:45PM  Dole Cannery F

THE TORTURE CLUB
ちょっとかわいいアイアンメイデン
Japan 2013 | 97 min.
HIFF Extreme | Asia, Black Comedy, Gay/Lesbian

If there is one Japanese S&M lesbian high school movie to see, then it’s TORTURE CLUB. Yuzuki has been accepted into the prestigious all-girls’ St. Anesty Academy. On opening day, she is...

Wed, Nov 05 - 9:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 08 - 9:15PM  Dole Cannery F

UZUMASA LIMELIGHT
太秦 ライム ライト
Japan 2013 | 103 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Action, Asia, Drama

A professional extra named Kamiyama (real-life kirare-yaku Seizo Fukumoto) has devoted 50 years of his life as a kirare-yaku in samurai films produced at Kyoto’s Uzumasa studios. A master of the...

Fri, Oct 31 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Tue, Nov 04 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 08 - 1:00PM  Koko Marina A

THE VANCOUVER ASAHI
Japan 2014 | 130 min.
Opening Night Film | Big Night, Drama, History, Sports

Based on the true story of the “Vancouver no Asahi” baseball team who played in Canada prior to World War II, and was reputable as the winningest team for 5 years in its league. The film stars...

Thu, Oct 30 - 8:00PM  Consolidated Ward A

Thu, Nov 13 - 7:00PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

WOMAN IN FRAGMENTS
China, Japan 2013 | 20 min.
Love in Small Corners | Asia, Drama, Self-discovery

A Chinese-American dancer's discovery of her traditional mother's hidden illness leads to an exploration of her own vulnerability, inner strength, and love for her mother.

Sat, Nov 08 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery F

WOOD JOB!
Japan 2014 | 116 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Comedy, Coming of Age

After failing his university entrance exams, Yuki Hirano decides to enter a one-year forestry program, prompted by a brochure with a cute girl on the cover. He winds up in Kamusari, a backwater...

Sun, Nov 02 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Tue, Nov 04 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Fri, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Koko Marina A

THE WORLD OF KANAKO
Japan 2014 | 118 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asia, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Japanese screen icon Kôji Yakusho (THE EEL, CURE, BABEL) gives a ferocious performance as Akikazu Fujishima, a hot-tempered brute who was kicked off the force after assaulting his wife's lover....

Sat, Nov 08 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 09 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery B

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