HIKAWA MARU (氷川丸ものがたり)

Directed by: Shunji Oga 2015 | 94 min.

Section: Film For Thought

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Film Website

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: 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. May 1930, young Jiro watches from ashore as the Hikawa Maru leaves on its maiden voyage. Captivated, he sets his sights on the ship, and by luck lands a job among the ship’s crew. Working in the kitchen, Jiro grows up among the galley crew, serving passengers on the long journey between Japan and the United States.

But when WWII strikes, the Hikawa Maru is requisitioned by the military as a hospital and rescue vessel. In this tumultuous time, the crew of the ship must stand up for what they believe in, even when that means going against orders. Will Jiro and the Hikawa Maru survive the war?

Based on the true story of the Hikawa Maru and its crew who were hailed for their role in saving lives during and after WWII, HIKAWA MARU is a beautifully animated film fit for audiences of all ages.
-Anna Page

As part of HIFF’s Film For Thought program in partnership with the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, the first screening of this film will be followed by a special scholar led discussion with Hawaii Pacific University professor Jon Davidann.


Saturday, November 05 3:00 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Sunday, November 13 1:30 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Sunday, November 20 2:30 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Shunji Oga
Producer Koji Furukawa, Keiko Hatta, Aiko Tanaka
Cast Sanae Kobayashi, Keisuke Koumoto, Chihiro Kusaka, Keiko Toda
Cinematographer Seiichi Morishita, Kenji Takehara
Writer Ryuichi Matsushita, Koji Miura
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