22 films/events

Japan

A BEAUTIFUL STAR
美しい星
Japan 2017 | 127 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Black Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

Weatherman Juichiro (Lily Franky) seems to have it all, a great family, job, and even a little love on the side. But after a strange encounter one night, he suddenly becomes convinced that he is an...

Fri, Nov 03 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery D

BEFORE WE VANISH
散歩する侵略者
Japan 2017 | 129 min.
Fantastic Asia | Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

Narumi’s husband isn’t the man he used to be. After going missing for several days, Shinji (Ryuhei Matsuda) can’t seem to recall anything about his life. Unbeknownst to Narumi,...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery H

BIRDS WITHOUT NAMES
彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち
Japan 2016 | 123 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Crime, Drama, Romance

Towako (Yu Aoi) can’t seem to take care of herself. Childlike and selfish, she lives with an older man named Junji who takes care of her every need while she stays at home all day. Though she...

Fri, Nov 03 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Thu, Nov 09 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

CLOSE-KNIT
彼らが本気で編むときは
Japan 2017 | 127 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family, LGBT

When 11-year-old Tomo’s irresponsible single mother leaves her on her own for the umpteenth time she turns to her Uncle Makio to look after her. Makio’s pretty girlfriend Rinko proves an...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery H

DAD'S WEDDING
父の結婚
Japan 2016 | 30 min.
Alphabet Soup Shorts | Family Friendly, LGBT

Seiko goes home to celebrate her father's second marriage. But a bride Seiko meets is not a woman, but her father wearing make-up. Seiko cannot accept it. But she gets knowing Father's love...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery D

DEAR ETRANGER
幼な子われらに生まれ
Japan 2017 | 127 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Family

40-something Makoto Tanaka (Tadanobu Asano) has 3 daughters. One from a previous marriage and two step-daughters that he has raised with his second wife. While life can be a bit complicated Makoto...

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery H

GUKOROKU: TRACES OF SIN
愚行録
Japan 2016 | 120 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Young investigative reporter Tanaka (Satoshi Tsumabuki) decides to immerse himself in a shocking unsolved murder case, an entire family killed in their home. At the same time, Tanaka has some trouble...

Sun, Nov 05 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

ICHI THE KILLER
殺し屋 1
Japan 2001 | 128 min.
Fantastic Asia | Crime, Horror, Thriller

HIFF is proud to present a special screening of a remastered version of this classic Japanese gangster film from maverick director Takashi Miike. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the original film...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery H

JIMAMI TOFU
Japan, Singapore 2017 | 121 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Drama, Food, Romance

When ambitious Singaporean chef Ryan’s wife Yuki suddenly disappears, it leaves him reeling. In an effort to find her, he sets off to her hometown in Okinawa searching for clues. While Yuki is...

Thu, Nov 09 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 11 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 12 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 17 - 8:15PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 4:45PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

JUNK HEAD
Japan 2017 | 115 min.
Planet Anime | Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction

In the future, humans try to escape global destruction by moving underground. One of the most unique and inventive DIY animation projects ever, JUNK HEAD by Takahide Hori is a post-apocalyptic tale...

Sat, Nov 04 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery E

Tue, Nov 07 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

LU OVER THE WALL
夜明け告げるルーのうた
Japan 2017 | 112 min.
Planet Anime | Adventure, Animation, Anime, Family Friendly, Fantasy

New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days isolated in his room making music. When his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, their practice sessions soon bring an...

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 12 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery A

MARY AND THE WITCH'S FLOWER
メアリと魔女の花
Japan 2017 | 103 min.
Opening Night Film | Animation, Anime, Family Friendly, Fantasy

From Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY) and Academy Award®-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (THE TALE OF THE...

Thu, Nov 02 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

MUTAFUKAZ
France, Japan 2017 | 90 min.
Planet Anime | Action/Adventure, Animation, Anime, Crime, Science Fiction

Based on the iconic French comic book and the cult Sundance animated short, MUTAFUKAZ is a hybrid culture animated mishmash, from the team behind TEKKONKINKREET and MIND GAME, that will blow your...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:45PM  Dole Cannery E

NAPPING PRINCESS
ひるね姫 〜知らないワタシの物語
Japan 2017 | 111 min.
Planet Anime | Adventure, Animation, Anime, Family Friendly, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of...

Fri, Nov 03 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 05 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 18 - 3:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 19 - 3:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

OH LUCY!
Japan, United States 2017 | 95 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Black Comedy, Comedy, Drama, Road Movie

Setsuko is a middle-aged, lonely, chain-smoking office lady with not much in the way of a social life. But when her niece convinces her to take an English class, she discovers a new identity as her...

Wed, Nov 08 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery A

THE SCYTHIAN LAMB
羊の木
Japan 2017 | 126 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Suffering from population decline, the small seaside town of Uobuka decides to welcome 6 strangers from very diverse backgrounds into the community. Tsukisue, the young city official put in charge of...

Tue, Nov 07 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery H

SEKIGAHARA
関ヶ原
Japan 2017 | 149 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Epic, History, Period/Historical, War

In October 1600, the battle of Sekigahara changed the fate of Japan forever, ending the Sengoku period and ushering in a new era. In this stunning epic film from director Masato Harada (EMPEROR IN...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery A

SURVIVAL FAMILY
サバイバルファミリー
Japan 2017 | 118 min.
Fantastic Asia | Adventure, Black Comedy, Catastrophe, Road Movie, Science Fiction

A typical middle-aged salaryman and his stay-at-home wife live a typical life in a Tokyo flat with their daughter, a fake-eyelash-sporting high-schooler, and their son, a university student. Safe in...

Fri, Nov 10 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 12 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery B

TALES OF CHIGASAKI
茅ヶ崎物語~MY LITTLE HOMETOWN~
Japan 2017 | 93 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Biography, Docu-Drama, Music, Personal Narrative

Chigasaki is no ordinary seaside town in Japan. It has produced many cultural and musical figures including Japan’s most popular singer Keisuke Kuwata (Southern All-Stars). In this unique...

Sun, Nov 05 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery A

WASABI
Japan 2017 | 29 min.
Adulting Shorts | Coming of Age, Family, Food

Aoi is a high school student living with her father, Kazuo, who suffers from depression. Kazuo owns a sushi restaurant but is unable to operate due to his illness. Aoi has no choice but to succeed...

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY! 2
家族はつらいよ 2
Japan 2017 | 113 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy, Drama, Family

The sequel to the HIFF 2016 favorite, several years have passed since Shuzo Hirata (Isao Hashizume) and his wife Tomiko (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) came within inches of getting divorced. Shuzo enjoys...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery A

ZAN
Japan 2017 | 73 min.
Green Screen | Culture, Documentary, Environmental, Social Issues

The Okinawan Dugong is at the brink of extinction. There are less than 10 left located in the beautiful and bio diverse Henoko, Oura bay. Facing its last stand, its feeding grounds are threatened by...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 19 - 5:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

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