Directed by: Hideyuki Tokigawa 2015 | 93 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Film Website

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Magical Realism, Supernatural


The Daikokuza cinema in Hiroshima was the oldest movie theater in Japan, playing films for eager audiences for 122-years. Sadly, in 2014 the cinema was forced to close its doors. Taking place during last days of the theater, the fictional film CINEMA ANGEL tells the tale of the Daikokuza staff, its longtime patrons, and a strange apparition that haunts its halls.

Asuka works in the Daikokuza cinema, though she hasn’t been there for long. While the longtime staff, manager, and patrons are all devastated at the loss of the theater, she doesn’t really understand why. But when she begins to have strange dreams, and comes across a mysterious elderly man in the theater, she discovers both why the theater is so precious, and the power of cinema to change lives. A love letter to the Daikokuza cinema and independent theaters around the globe, the film was entirely shot in the real-life Daikokuza before it closed in 2014.
-Anna Page


Sunday, November 06 12:00 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Monday, November 07 5:30 PM Dole Cannery E Date Passed
Saturday, November 12 3:00 PM Regal Kapolei Date Passed
Saturday, November 19 3:30 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed
Sunday, November 20 3:00 PM Kauai Waimea Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Hideyuki Tokigawa
Producer Shinji Fukuoka, Yumiko Masuda
Cast Kai Atou, Mickey Curtis, Reiko Fujiwara, Eri Ishida, Hongo Kanata, Nao Oikawa, jiro Okazaki, Yuji Yokoyama
Cinematographer Toshiyuki Imai
Editor Hideyuki Tokigawa
Writer Hideyuki Tokigawa
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