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'AHO'EITU
New Zealand, Tonga 2015 | 26 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Drama, History, Native/Indigenous Peoples

`Aho`eitu Based on the Tongan Legend `Aho`eitu leaves his mother to find his father Tagaloa in the heavens. On his quest he finds out that he also has brothers, but will they accept him as...

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery B

AFTER THE STORM
海よりもまだ深く
Japan 2016 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family

Award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with a powerful tale of family ties broken and remade. The brilliant Hiroshi Abe stars as Ryota, a struggling novelist who works as a private...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 12 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

ALOHA VEGAS
United States 2016 | 11 min.
ACM and SU Night | Drama, Romance, Self-discovery, Student

ALOHA VEGAS is a 11-minute bittersweet romantic dark comedy about a middle age couple from Hawaiʻi. When he is diagnosed with cancer, Rock, an easy-going heavy smoker convinces his cautious wife...

Thu, Nov 10 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

APPRENTICE
United States 2016 | 115 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee

Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in the charismatic 65-year-old...

Thu, Nov 10 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 13 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery E

AT CAFÉ 6
六弄咖啡馆
Taiwan 2016 | 103 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Asian Cinema, Coming of Age, Drama, Romance

After her car broke down, Miss Liang seeks refuge at a coffee shop called Cafe 6. To pass the time, the shop owner shares a story in his youth in 1996, when Min-lu and Bo-zhi were inseparable. Min-lu...

Wed, Nov 09 - 8:15PM  Doris Duke Theater

Sat, Nov 12 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery H

THE BAIT
India 2016 | 88 min.
Spotlight on India | Drama, Magical Realism, Social Issues

THE BAIT follows three characters: a nomadic girl supporting her family as a street performer; a worn-out postman who decides to live his life on a tree; and a royal descendant thriving on his long...

Sun, Nov 06 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery E

BLOOD STRIPE
United States 2016 | 92 min.
Film For Thought:Hawaii Council for the Humanities | Drama, Social Issues, War

For soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the battle is often not left on the field. Focusing on PTSD and the effects of war, BLOOD STRIPE follows one woman as she struggles with adjusting...

Sun, Nov 06 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery D

THE BLUE HEARTS
Japan 2016 | 161 min.
Sound X Vision | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Coming of Age, Drama, Music, Science Fiction

The Pixies, The Cure, Sonic Youth, Nirvana – epic ‘80s & ‘90s rock bands that informed a generation and changed rock forever. But to this list we must add The Blue Hearts, the seminal...

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

THE BONE OF A WHALE
United States 2015 | 16 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Drama, Mystery

The lives of two beach drifters are interrupted by the discovery of a mysterious bone.

Fri, Nov 11 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 12 - 12:30PM  Regal Kapolei

Sun, Nov 13 - 10:45AM  Dole Cannery C

Sat, Nov 19 - 12:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

Sun, Nov 20 - 12:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

THE BOOK PEDDLER
Umi Suzume
Japan 2016 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Self-discovery

Uwajima is a picturesque island city in southern Japan with a rich history. Suzume provides one of the city’s most unique services: library book bicycle delivery. Along with her fellow ‘book...

Thu, Nov 10 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 12 - 11:30AM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 13 - 12:30PM  Regal Kapolei

A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE
リップヴァンウィンクルの花嫁
Japan 2015 | 178 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Magical Realism, Mystery, Self-discovery

The latest film from acclaimed director Shunji Iwai (ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU, HANA & ALICE) is an ethereal tale of life, love, and loneliness in modern Japan. 20-something Nanami is floating...

Sat, Nov 05 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Mon, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery E

CINEMA ANGEL
シネマの天使
Japan 2015 | 93 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Magical Realism, Supernatural

Asuka works in the oldest movie theatre in Japan. But, after 122 years, difficult times are forcing the cinema to close its doors. During the final week, staff and patrons muse over its impact on the...

Sun, Nov 06 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Mon, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 12 - 3:00PM  Regal Kapolei

Sat, Nov 19 - 3:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 20 - 3:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

COIN BOY
銅板少年
Taiwan 2016 | 24 min.
Love in Small Corners | Biography, Coming of Age, Drama, Family

Tai is a fourth grade student whose family owns a claw machine business. Today is the day to pay for the school camping fees. Tai brings exact coins to school to pay for it. But his teacher asks him...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery E

COME DRINK WITH ME + A CONVERSATION WITH CHENG PEI PEI: THE QUEEN OF MARTIAL ARTS
大醉俠
Hong Kong SAR China 1966 | 95 min.
Filmmaker in Focus: Cheng Pei Pei & King Hu | Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Martial Arts, Period/Historical

One of the most seminal wuxia films, this Shaw Bros. classic from legendary director King Hu features a command performance by Cheng Pei Pei. The governor sends his daughter and martial arts master...

Sun, Nov 06 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Wed, Nov 09 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery H

DEAREST SISTER
NONG HAK
Estonia, France, Laos 2016 | 100 min.
Fantastic Asia | Asian Cinema, Drama, Supernatural, Thriller

A poor village girl travels to Vientiane to care for a rich cousin who has mysteriously lost her sight, and yet somehow gained the ability to communicate with the dead. When she realizes that her...

Sat, Nov 05 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Wed, Nov 09 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery C

DESPERATE SUNFLOWERS
嫌な女
Japan 2016 | 105 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Self-discovery, Women

Straight-laced attorney Tetsuko (Yo YOSHIDA) is unsatisfied with both her work and personal life. One day, her cousin Natsuko (Yoshino KIMURA) visits Tetsuko to demand financial compensation for...

Fri, Nov 04 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

FIRES ON THE PLAIN
野火
Japan 2014 | 108 min.
Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow | Asian Cinema, Drama, Period/Historical, Thriller, War

Shinya Tsukamoto’s definitive statement on the horrors of war follows Tamura, who has been stranded in the jungles of the Philippines with many others during the waning days of World War II. As...

Sun, Nov 06 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery H

FLYING ON BICYCLE
骑自行车的人
China 2015 | 17 min.
ACM and SU Night | Coming of Age, Drama, Student

Xia Yibing is a high school student, was born in a poor family,Xia Yibing and father to a bicycle so he can go to cram school.On the way to school, bike had been stolen.finally Xia Yibing scare away...

Thu, Nov 10 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

FORÊT DEBUSSY
德布西森林
Taiwan 2016 | 94 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Self-discovery, Women

Daughter (Gwei Lun-Mei) suffers from depression after the loss of her husband and son. Her mother decides to take her daughter away from the city and retreat deep into the mountains, believing this...

Thu, Nov 10 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 11 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery H

FOURTH PLACE
4등
South Korea 2015 | 119 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Asian Cinema, Coming of Age, Drama, Sports

Elementary school student Junho always places fourth in swimming competitions. While this doesn’t really bother Junho, his mother is obsessed with his swimming career and is willing to go to any...

Sat, Nov 05 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 11 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery C

FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON
MAL DE PIERRES
France 2016 | 125 min.
European Showcase | Drama, Period/Historical, Romance

Set after World War II, FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON (adapted from Milena Angus’ novel) spans twenty years in the life of a passionate, free-spirited woman named Gabrielle (Oscar winner Marion...

Mon, Nov 07 - 8:45PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 11 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery D

GOD, KING & COUNTRY
Australia 2013 | 13 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Action, Drama, Romance, War

Four maori men from Aotearoa (New Zealand) take the front line in World War II and are guided by their ancestor and warrior instincts

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 11 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery B

HARMONIUM
淵に立つ
Japan 2016 | 118 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Family

Internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Koji Fukada (HOSPITALITE) returns with an intimate and disturbing portrayal of a family come undone. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) and his wife live a quiet life with...

Sat, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Fri, Nov 11 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

HOLDOUT
United States 2016 | 23 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Action, Biography, Drama, War

HOLDOUT is a World War II film loosely based on the true story of Hiro Onoda, the last ever Japanese Holdout who kept on fighting after the war and only surrendered in 1975. Our story follows a...

Fri, Nov 11 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 12 - 12:30PM  Regal Kapolei

Sun, Nov 13 - 10:45AM  Dole Cannery C

Sat, Nov 19 - 12:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

Sun, Nov 20 - 12:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY
China 2016 | 128 min.
Spotlight on China | Drama

Li Xuelian and her husband Qin Yuhe stage a fake divorce to secure a second apartment. Six months later, Qin remarries another woman. In anger, Li files a lawsuit only to lose because the divorce...

Sun, Nov 06 - 11:30AM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery H

I, DANIEL BLAKE
United Kingdom 2016 | 100 min.
European Showcase | Drama, Social Issues

When an ill carpenter finds himself in need of state welfare, he meets a desperate single mother who needs the same thing. Together, the duo discovers that negotiating through the red tape is a...

Sat, Nov 12 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 13 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery D

ICEBOX
United States 2016 | 27 min.
Global Positioning Shorts | Drama, Human Rights, Social Issues

Fleeing gang violence, a young boy from Honduras is arrested crossing the US border and sent to an immigrant detention facility. Trapped inside the “Icebox” and faced with a rigid immigration...

Tue, Nov 08 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

INSIDE MEN
내부자들
South Korea 2015 | 130 min.
Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow | Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Thriller

A former political henchman seeks revenge after he is fired by a ruthless politician in this taut Korean political thriller. After getting his hand cut for stealing from a political slush fund...

Mon, Nov 07 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 13 - 2:15PM  Dole Cannery B

JACKIE
Chile, France, United States 2016 | 91 min.
Awards Buzz | Biography, Drama

JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie...

Sun, Nov 13 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery A

KNIFE IN THE CLEAR WATER
清水里的刀子
China 2016 | 92 min.
Spotlight on China | Asian Cinema, Culture, Drama, Family, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee

In mountainous Ningxia province, old Ma Zishan and his son begin the mourning period of the former’s wife. Loved by everyone in the village and the family, the family’s only bull becomes the...

Wed, Nov 09 - 5:30PM  Doris Duke Theater

Sun, Nov 13 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

THE LAKE
Canada, United States 2015 | 15 min.
Shorts Before Features | Drama

A loving father and husband makes a secret choice to spare the family his inevitable slow demise to cancer. 'The Lake' is a provocative, ambiguous, moving short film about morality,...

Thu, Nov 10 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

THE LAST PRINCESS
덕혜옹주
South Korea 2016 | 127 min.
Opening Night Film | Asian Cinema, Drama, Gala, Melodrama, Period/Historical

From director Hur Jin-ho (DANGEROUS LIAISONS, 2012) comes the incredible story of the last princess of Korea. Under the oppressive Japanese colonial rule, Deok-hye (played by Son Ye-jin), the last...

Thu, Nov 03 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 12 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 19 - 8:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

LION
Australia 2016 | 129 min.
Centerpiece Film | Culture, Drama, Gala, Road Movie, Self-discovery

Five-year-old Saroo is separated from his mother when he falls asleep on a train and wakes up thousands of miles away in Calcutta. He must fend for himself via dumpster diving and evade captors...

Wed, Nov 09 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 13 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery A

LOG IN DINNER
登入晚餐
Taiwan 2016 | 27 min.
Love in Small Corners | Asian American, Drama, Family

One day Wei got the brand-new computer was a total abnormal object in his outdated restaurant. First thing came up on Wei’s total strange internet world was Teenager Angel’s live video of her...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery E

LULLABY
Yao Lan Qu
Singapore 2015 | 9 min.
Love in Small Corners | Drama, Family

A devoted grandma takes care of her grandson, while the adults are busy with their own lives. Quietly, she falls ill without anyone noticing.

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery E

MAD WORLD
Yat Nim Mou Ming
Hong Kong SAR China 2016 | 101 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Asian Cinema, Drama, Independent, Social Issues

Top Hong Kong stars Shawn Yue and Eric Tsang star in daring independent drama MAD WORLD, an accomplished film about an unlikely hero who struggles with his mental illness, his sense of failure, and...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery C

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