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100 YEN LOVE
百円の恋
Japan 2014 | 113 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Romance, Sports

Ichiko is a thirtysomething slacker, who still lives at home. Things change when her sister returns home with child in tow. Ichiko and her sister's relationship sours, causing Ichiko to finally...

Fri, Nov 13 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Mon, Nov 16 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

AN
あん
France, Germany, Japan 2015 | 113 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Food, Self-discovery, Social Issues

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki - pancake pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (an). When an elderly lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue...

Sat, Nov 14 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 21 - 11:00AM  Dole Cannery F

Sat, Nov 21 - 5:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

THE BOY AND THE BEAST
バケモノの子
Japan 2015 | 119 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Adventure, Anime, Family Friendly, Fantasy

Director Mamoru Hosoda, creator of SUMMER WARS (HIFF 2009) and WOLF CHILDREN (HIFF 2012), presents his newest anime masterpiece. THE BOY AND THE BEAST is the story of Kyuta, a solitary boy who lives...

Sat, Nov 21 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 22 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery B

CAPE NOSTALGIA
ふしぎな岬の物語
Japan 2014 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family

Etsuko (Sayuri Yoshinaga) runs a quaint little cafe located at the tip of Cape Myogane. Joined by her devoted nephew Koji (Hiroshi Abe), she has heart-warming exchanges with the people who gather...

Sun, Nov 15 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Tue, Nov 17 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 21 - 12:15PM  Dole Cannery B

CHIGASAKI STORY
三泊四日、五時の鐘
Japan 2014 | 88 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Romance

Tomoharu works as a part-time employee at Chigasaki-kan, a Japanese hotel in Kanagawa with a 115-year history. He works alongside Karin and Maki. Risa, the daughter of the inn's owner, is set to...

Fri, Nov 20 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery F

Sat, Nov 21 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 22 - 1:00PM  Koko Marina A

CONTAINMENT
Japan, United States 2015 | 82 min.
Film For Thought | Disaster, Environment, Social Issues

Can we contain some of the deadliest, longest-lasting substances ever produced? Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground— and part graphic...

Fri, Nov 13 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 21 - 3:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 22 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery E

THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST
日本のいちばん長い日
Japan 2015 | 135 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Gala, History, Period piece

August 14, 1945 -- The Emperor of Japan has decided to accept the Potsdam Declaration and surrender to the Allied Forces. A cabinet is formed to plan out Japan’s transition post-surrender. However,...

Fri, Nov 13 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 21 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery B

ENISHI THE BRIDE OF IZUMO
縁 (えにし)
Japan 2015 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family, Romance

Maki returns to her hometown of Izumo to take care of the funeral arrangements for Akie, her grandmother who raised her since she was a child. While cleaning her grandmother’s house, Maki finds an...

Sat, Nov 21 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery D

HANA'S MISO SOUP
はなちゃんのみそ汁
Japan 2015 | 118 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family, Gala

Chie, a young girl out of college, is diagnosed with cancer soon after becoming engaged. Undeterred, with an understanding that the treatment will leave her unable to bear children, she moves on and...

Sat, Nov 14 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Wed, Nov 18 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 20 - 3:00PM  Koko Marina A

Sun, Nov 22 - 12:00PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

JOURNEY TO THE SHORE
岸辺の旅
Japan 2014 | 128 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Magical Realism, Road Movie, Romance, Supernatural

Mizuki’s husband drowned at sea three years ago. When he suddenly comes back home, she is not that surprised. Instead, Mizuki is wondering what took him so long. She agrees to let him take her on a...

Sun, Nov 15 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 22 - 2:15PM  Dole Cannery B

JULIET JULIET
ジュリエット×2 〜 恋音ミュージカル
Japan 2015 | 15 min.
Careful What You Pack Shorts | Comedy, Musical, Youth/Teen

Two rivals at a Japanese girls school fight for the role of Juliet in the upcoming school musical. But things get complicated when a male student transfers in. With the role of Romeo going to the new...

Thu, Nov 19 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

KAKEKOMI
駆込み女と駆出し男
Japan 2015 | 143 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy, Drama, Period piece, Women

In old Edo, women seeking divorce or escaping bad marriages would flee to Tokeiji Temple (aka “divorce temple”) in Kamakura. Once through the temple gates they became “kakekomi” and spend two...

Sat, Nov 14 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Tue, Nov 17 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 21 - 5:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

KAMPAI: FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE
Japan 2015 | 95 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Documentary, Food, Social Issues

A British sake brewer, an American journalist, and a young president of a century-old sake brewery in Japan join together to explore the mysterious world of sake. The film illustrates how these...

Mon, Nov 16 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Thu, Nov 19 - 7:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 22 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery H

LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM
味園ユニバース
Japan 2015 | 103 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music

After he loses his memory, 17-year-old Kasumi takes in the now homeless Shigeo. When she discovers his singing skills, she makes him her band's lead singer until his dark past clashes with his...

Sat, Nov 14 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Tue, Nov 17 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery C

LOST & FOUND
Canada, Japan 2015 | 82 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Environment, Social Issues

When the devastating Japanese tsunami hit on March 11, 2011, millions of tons of debris was pulled into the Pacific Ocean and left floating towards the North American Pacific Northwest coastline....

Sun, Nov 15 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery E

Wed, Nov 18 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 20 - 1:00PM  Koko Marina A

MADE IN JAPAN
Japan, United States 2015 | 89 min.
Sound X Vision | Biography, Documentary, Music

This is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the first female Japanese country music star. Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry, where she followed Johnny Cash...

Mon, Nov 16 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 22 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery H

MIDORI IN HAWAII
Japan, United States 2015 | 84 min.
Made In Hawaii | Drama, Family, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee

Midori is a struggling wedding photographer living in Hawaii. When Seiko and Kyo-chan, Midori’s judgmental sister and brother in-law visit from Japan, Midori’s small world is thrown off balance....

Sat, Nov 14 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Wed, Nov 18 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Fri, Nov 20 - 6:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Fri, Nov 20 - 9:00PM  Kona - Honua Studios

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART
山河故人
China, France, Japan 2015 | 126 min.
Spotlight on China | Coming of Age, Drama, Social Issues

Jia Zhang-ke’s latest is an epic tale about Tao and the men who come in and out of her life. We begin in 1999, where Tao finds herself pursued by two young men. We jump to 2014, where Tao is a...

Tue, Nov 17 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 22 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery E

OUR HUFF AND PUFF JOURNEY
私たちのハァハァ
Japan 2015 | 91 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Buddy Picture, Coming of Age, Drama, Music, Road Movie

Four high school friends are the biggest fans of the band CreepHyp and decide to go see their Tokyo concert. The only problem is, they live nearly 1,000 km away. They decide to hit the road on bikes,...

Sun, Nov 15 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Thu, Nov 19 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery F

RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN
龍三と七人の子分たち
Japan 2015 | 110 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Black Comedy, Comedy, Crime & Gangster

Ryuzo, a retired yakuza, reminisces about the old days. But, when he becomes a victim of a major scam, he is disappointed in the current state of the criminal underworld. Therefore, he enlists his...

Wed, Nov 18 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 21 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery F

THAT'S IT
ソレダケ
Japan 2015 | 110 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Action, Crime, Cult, Experimental, Music

Inspired by the 1999 song “Soredake” performed by the Japanese rock band Bloodthirsty Butchers, THAT’S IT marks the return to his punk roots for the O.G. Japanese cyberpunk director Gakuryu...

Tue, Nov 17 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 22 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

WONDERFUL WORLD END
ワンダフルワールドエンド
Japan 2014 | 84 min.
Film For Thought | Coming of Age, Drama

Shiori's Gothic Lolita garb attracts a lot of fans to her interactive video blog, which she hopes will lead to a modeling career. One day, she meets Ayumi, a timid 13-year old who is a big fan....

Thu, Nov 19 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 22 - 2:00PM  Dole Cannery D

YOKO THE CHERRY BLOSSOM
陽光桜
Japan 2015 | 115 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Biography, Drama, Environment, War

The inspiring true story of Takaoka Masaaki, a rural Japanese man whose lifelong quest was to create an artificially pollinated hybrid cherry blossom. Driven by shame and guilt, Masaaki devotes 30...

Sun, Nov 15 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 22 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 22 - 5:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

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