111 films/events

11/8/16
United States 2017 | 104 min.
Documentaries | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues

A follow up to the documentary 11/4/08, Jeff Deutchman’s 11/8/16 is the antithesis, utilizing 40 filmmakers (including Hawaii’s Ciara Lacy) to capture one of the most divisive election...

Fri, Nov 03 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery D

2017 HIFF AWARDS GALA PRESENTED BY HALEKULANI
United States 2017 | 180 min.
Special Events | Gala

Please email events@hiff.org for HIFF37 Awards Gala seats and table reservations and information. The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is proudly...

Fri, Nov 10 - 7:00PM  Halekulani

A CIAMBRA
Italy 2017 | 118 min.
European Showcase | Coming of Age, Crime, Drama

In a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he is one of the few to slide between the region’s factions - the Italians, the African refugees and his...

Sat, Nov 04 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery C

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

ALASKA IS A DRAG
United States 2017 | 90 min.
American Indies | Drama, LGBT, Magical Realism

Leo, an aspiring drag superstar, is stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska, trapped in the monotony of fist fights and fish guts. Out of necessity, Leo learned to fight back, which catches the...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 06 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery D

BACK TO BURGUNDY
Ce qui nous lie
France 2017 | 113 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Drama, Family, Food

Jean is the prodigal son returning to his family’s winery, when his father falls terminally ill. Back with his estranged siblings, Juliette and Jérémie, they bicker and have their...

Thu, Nov 02 - 7:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 04 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery D

BAD GENIUS
ฉลาดเกมส์โกง
Thailand 2017 | 130 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Coming of Age, Drama, Thriller

Lynn is a genius. A straight-A student, she wins a scholarship to a prestigious high school. But when she discovers that her family can’t afford the school’s hidden fees, she takes...

Sat, Nov 04 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery E

THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN
United States 2017 | 111 min.
Gala Presentations | Drama, Self-discovery, Western

Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) is a 63 year old sidekick. Loyal, crotchety and rarely taken seriously, he’s ridden with Western legend Eddie Johnson for his entire adult life. When Johnson is...

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 12 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery C

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

BECOMING WHO I WAS
South Korea 2017 | 95 min.
Film For Thought | Coming of Age, Documentary, Spiritual

After a Buddhist boy in the highlands of northern India discovers that he is the reincarnation of a centuries-old Tibetan monk, his aging godfather takes him on a journey to discover his past in a...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Wed, Nov 08 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

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

Thu, Nov 09 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

BLUE
Australia 2017 | 76 min.
Green Screen | Documentary, Environmental, Social Issues

With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialization of the seas, BLUE sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change in the 21st...

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery H

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 18 - 1:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 19 - 1:15PM  Hilo Palace Theater

BORG/MCENROE
Denmark, Finland, Sweden 2017 | 107 min.
Gala Presentations | Biography, Drama, Sport

BORG/MCENROE tells the story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf), which...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
120 battements par minute
France 2017 | 144 min.
European Showcase | Drama, History, LGBT, Social Issues

It’s the early 1990s — With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 06 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery E

BREATH
Australia 2017 | 115 min.
Centerpiece Film | Coming of Age, Drama, Surf

Director, writer, actor and producer Simon Baker (THE MENTALIST) will be in attendance for the first screening of the film! Based on the acclaimed novel by Australian author Tim Winton, the...

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 11 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery A

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Brazil, France, Italy, United States 2017 | 132 min.
Gala Presentations | Coming of Age, Drama, LGBT, Romance

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), a...

Thu, Nov 02 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

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

COLUMBUS
United States 2017 | 104 min.
American Indies | Architecture, Drama, Self-discovery

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind., a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many...

Sat, Nov 11 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

CORRIDOR FOUR
United States 2017 | 82 min.
Made in Hawaii | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

A nationally recognized K9 Unit Officer, Isaac Ho’opi’i is responsible for saving at least 18 people from the Pentagon during the 9/11 attacks. But, after the news cameras turned off,...

Wed, Nov 08 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 11 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery C

CYCLE
सायकल
India 2017 | 102 min.
Spotlight on India | Comedy, Culture, Drama

Maharashtra, 1950s -- Keshav is an affable astrologer who is never separated with his bicycle, his proud and joy and everyone in the village knows it. But his life is turned upside down when two...

Sun, Nov 05 - 12:30PM  Dole Cannery B

DARKEST HOUR
United Kingdom 2017 | 114 min.
European Showcase | Biography, Drama, History, War

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour. With the Nazi forces advancing, and the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery C

THE DAY AFTER
그 후
South Korea 2017 | 92 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Drama, Romance, Self-discovery

Master of the art of conversation, festival favorite Hong Sang-soo returns with a satirical romp about love, relationships, and literature, set in one very small publishing house. A-reum is about to...

Tue, Nov 07 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 11 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery E

DEALER/HEALER
毒。誡
Hong Kong SAR China 2017 | 101 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Action, Crime & Gangster, Drama

Set in the 1970s and '80s, Lawrence Lau’s action-packed crime saga tells the true story of a reformed drug dealer who struggles for redemption. Chen Hua (Lau Ching Wan) starts selling drugs...

Thu, Nov 09 - 6:15PM  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

DOCUMENTING ACTIVISM: THE EARLY DAYS OF THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN MOVEMENT
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Made in Hawaii | Documentary, Educational, History, Native/Indigenous Peoples

ʻUluʻulu preserves our moving image history to honor the past, and ensure its availability for future generations. This year we honor those who courageously documented the early days of the Native...

Sun, Nov 05 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery C

DOWNSIZING
United States 2017 | 135 min.
Gala Presentations | Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction

From director Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDENTS) comes on of the most outrageous comedies of the year. When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to...

Sat, Nov 11 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

THE ENDLESS
United States 2017 | 111 min.
American Indies | Cult, Horror, Thriller

Following their acclaimed debut RESOLUTION and their follow-up, the Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, writer/directors Moorhead and Benson star as brothers who receive a mysterious message...

Sun, Nov 05 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery E

THE FINAL YEAR
United States 2017 | 89 min.
Gala Presentations | Documentary, Politics, Social Issues

Directed by HIFF Award-Winning filmmaker Greg Barker (KORAN BY HEART, WE ARE THE GIANT), THE FINAL YEAR is a unique insider’s account of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team...

Sat, Nov 11 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery A

THE GANGSTER'S DAUGHTER
林北小舞
Taiwan ROC, United States 2017 | 105 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Coming of Age, Crime, Drama

Part coming-of-age tale, part crime drama, THE GANGSTER’S DAUGHTER is a heartfelt, gritty film from new Taiwanese director Chen Mei Juin. After getting into trouble with a local bully, teenage...

Tue, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery D

GEMINI
United States 2017 | 93 min.
American Indies | Crime, LGBT, Mystery, Thriller

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of...

Sat, Nov 11 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery C

GLASS GARDEN
유리정원
South Korea 2017 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The latest from HIFF 2015 Grand Prize winner Shin Su-won (MADONNA) is a tale about transformation. Doctoral candidate Jae-yeon is a brilliant researcher with a rare ability to communicate with...

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 11 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Closing Night Film | Drama, History, War

Set in the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, this true story follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students as they fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory...

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:30PM  Hawaii Theatre

Thu, Nov 16 - 7:00PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

Sun, Nov 19 - 7:15PM  Hilo Palace Theater

THE GREAT BUDDHA+
大佛普拉斯
Taiwan ROC 2017 | 104 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Art House, Black Comedy, Drama

A security guard and his best friend become entangled in a web of dark secrets after stumbling upon videos that document the promiscuous meetings of a wealthy factory owner. What they do next is...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery E

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 H

Wed, Nov 08 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

HEADHUNT REVISITED: WITH BRUSH, CANVAS, AND CAMERA
United States 2017 | 76 min.
Pacific Showcase | Adventure, Documentary, History

The documentary, HEADHUNT REVISITED, follows Caroline Mytinger’s unprecedented journey in 1926 to the 'Land of Headhunters' in the South Pacific to paint the rich cultural diversity of...

Tue, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

HOMETOWN HEROES: THE STATE OF 808 INDIE FILMMAKING
United States 2017 | 90 min.
Made in Hawaii | Educational

In this now annual "State of the State of Hawaii Indie Filmmaking" check-in, we speak to locally based filmmakers who are participating in this year's Festival. Along with the...

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery C

I AM EVIDENCE
United States 2017 | 85 min.
Documentaries | Crime, Documentary, Social Issues

I AM EVIDENCE exposes the shocking number of untested rape kits in the US today. Behind each of these lies an individual’s unresolved sexual assault case. Produced by Mariska Hargitay, I AM...

Mon, Nov 06 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Tue, Nov 07 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery H

I CALLED HIM MORGAN
United States 2016 | 92 min.
Sound X Vision | Biography, Documentary, Music

Hailed as the most talented trumpeter of his generation, Lee Morgan was playing with Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie in his teens. Sadly, Morgan's life was cut short in 1972 when his wife Helen...

Sun, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

I CAN I WILL I DID
United States 2017 | 110 min.
American Indies | Coming of Age, Drama, Family Friendly

Ben (Tony Award winner, Mike Faist) grew up bullied and alone in the foster system. When the bullying escalates and results in a harrowing accident, Ben’s mind and body is all but crushed. In...

Sat, Nov 04 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 18 - 3:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 2:45PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

I CAN SPEAK
아이 캔 스피크
South Korea 2017 | 119 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Comedy, Drama, History

Known as the ‘goblin granny’ in her neighborhood, Ok-Boon is the queen of civil complaints. Having filed more than 8,000 complaints, she makes the lives of those around her miserable. But...

Sat, Nov 04 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 18 - 8:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

I, TONYA
United States 2017 | 119 min.
Gala Presentations | Biography, Black Comedy, Drama, Sport

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Margot Robbie is...

Sun, Nov 05 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery A

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

IN THE FADE
Aus dem Nichts
Germany 2017 | 105 min.
European Showcase | Crime, Drama

Katja (Diane Kruger) has always lived a bit of a rough life, even marrying her husband Nuri when he was in prison for drug offenses. Yet now she and Nuri have grown up and crafted a sweet life for...

Fri, Nov 10 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 12 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

ISLAND SOLDIER
United States 2017 | 85 min.
Pacific Showcase | Biography, Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples

ISLAND SOLDIER is the untold story of Micronesian citizens fighting America’s wars at staggeringly high rates per capita. Told through the intimate personal odyssey of the Nenas, a family...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Sun, Nov 05 - 1:45PM  Dole Cannery C

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

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

KEEP TALKING
United States 2017 | 79 min.
Film For Thought | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

KEEP TALKING follows four Alaska Native’s fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language spoken by less than 40 remaining Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak...

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 4:45PM  Dole Cannery H

KING OF PEKING
Australia, China, United States 2017 | 88 min.
Spotlight on China | Comedy, Drama, Social Issues

Big Wong and his son Little Wong are part of a fading tradition: traveling film projectionists screening movies for villagers who otherwise don’t have access to films. But when Big Wong faces...

Sat, Nov 04 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery C

KULEANA
United States 2017 | 95 min.
Made in Hawaii | Culture, Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples

On Maui, childhood friends Nohea and Kim share a common nemesis: Kim's father, Victor Coyle, a real-estate developer who blatantly exploits the land and the people he has managed to usurp and...

Fri, Nov 03 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 05 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Thu, Nov 16 - 7:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 19 - 7:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

LADY BIRD
United States 2017 | 93 min.
Gala Presentations | Coming of Age, Drama, Family

Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her --...

Sat, Nov 04 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 05 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery H

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 B

MADE IN HONG KONG
香港製造
Hong Kong SAR China 1997 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After his father abandons the family, Autumn Moon drops out of high school and becomes a money collector for organized criminals, the Triads. On his rounds, he meets and falls in love a daughter of...

Sat, Nov 11 - 1:30PM  Dole Cannery E

MAINELAND
China, United States 2017 | 89 min.
Documentaries | Coming of Age, Documentary, Social Issues

Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities - six times more than a decade ago - with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. Filmed...

Sat, Nov 04 - 2:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 05 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery E

MAN OF WILL
대장 김창수
South Korea 2017 | 109 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Action, Drama, History, Period/Historical

1895, end of the Joseon dynasty. Japanese assassins infiltrate the palace and brutally murder the Empress. Discovering the plot, a young man named Kim Chang-soo beats an assassin to death. Bowing to...

Sun, Nov 05 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS
Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak
Indonesia 2017 | 93 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Crime, Drama, Thriller, Women

In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and robbed for her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men in the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a...

Sun, Nov 05 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 10 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery C

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

MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH
United Kingdom 2017 | 105 min.
Sound X Vision | Comedy, Music, Romance

Brought together by their shared love of music, ten years on Liam and Natalie are at breaking-point. Making the difficult decision to separate, they must split their prized music library. But the...

Sun, Nov 05 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Thu, Nov 09 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery C

MON MON MON MONSTERS
報告老師! 怪怪怪怪物!
Taiwan ROC 2017 | 110 min.
Fantastic Asia | Coming of Age, Horror, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Shu-Wei is constantly harassed at school. One day he gets into trouble, and is assigned community service with the 3 class bullies. His worst nightmare. But things are about to get weird. Forced by...

Thu, Nov 09 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 11 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery E

MRS. FANG
France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR China 2017 | 86 min.
Spotlight on China | Documentary, Senior/Aging, Social Issues

In a quiet village in southern China, Fang Xiuying is sixty-seven years old. Having suffered from Alzheimer's for several years, with advanced symptoms and ineffective treatment, she was sent...

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 12 - 12:15PM  Dole Cannery E

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

NATIVE LENSES | 'OIWI OPTICS
United States 2017 | 120 min.
Pacific Showcase | Educational, Native/Indigenous Peoples

8-NOV 6:30 PM | ARTS AT MARKS | FREE A Community Panel on Indigenous Film-making featuring Chris Eyre, Chris Kahunahana, & Donne Dawson, moderated by Leanne Ferrer Help us welcome Native...

Wed, Nov 08 - 6:30PM  Arts at Marks

NEWTON
India 2017 | 105 min.
Spotlight on India | Black Comedy, Culture, Politics

A government clerk named Newton tries to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India. He must keep the peace, thwart devious military personnel and keep oddball bureaucrats in...

Sun, Nov 05 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery H

Tue, Nov 07 - 5:00PM  Dole Cannery C

NOTEBOOK FROM MY MOTHER
엄마의 공책: 기억의 레시피
South Korea 2017 | 103 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Drama, Family, Food

Elan is getting older, but isn’t ready to retire just yet. She runs a neighborhood ‘banchan’ (korean side-dishes) shop, where she makes everything from scratch with her own secret...

Fri, Nov 10 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 11 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

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

ONE THOUSAND ROPES
New Zealand 2016 | 98 min.
Pacific Showcase | Drama, Family, Native/Indigenous Peoples

The latest from New Zealand based Samoan director Tusi Tamasese comes a story about Maea -- Once a prize fighter with an abusive past, now striving to live a simple life as a male midwife, practicing...

Sun, Nov 05 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Tue, Nov 07 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery D

ORDINARY PERSON
보통사람
South Korea 2017 | 122 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Action, Crime, Drama

1980’s South Korea. The political pendulum has swung to the right and protests and government suppression are becoming increasing regular. Against this backdrop detective Seong-jin finds...

Wed, Nov 08 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 12 - 2:00PM  Dole Cannery C

OTTOMATICAKE
United States 2017 | 61 min.
Made in Hawaii | Biography, Documentary, Food

Hop on the roller coaster that is the life of cheesecake baking wizard and local punk rock denizen Otto — from the heyday of Honolulu’s underground rock scene, this sweet-souled punk...

Tue, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 4:00PM  Dole Cannery D

OUR TIME WILL COME
明月幾時有
China, Hong Kong SAR China 2017 | 130 min.
Spotlight on China | Drama, Period/Historical, War

From celebrated Hong Kong director Ann Hui (A SIMPLE LIFE) comes a lushly-crafted snapshot of WWII Japan occupied Hong Kong with a young woman named Fang Lan (Zhou Xun) who starts as a school teacher...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Tue, Nov 07 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery A

OUT OF STATE
United States 2017 | 79 min.
Pacific Showcase | Culture, Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues

Two native Hawaiians, imprisoned in the Arizona desert, discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. Upon finishing their terms, the two return to Hawaii, eager...

Sat, Nov 04 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Mon, Nov 06 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery A

Fri, Nov 17 - 6:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sat, Nov 18 - 5:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

PARADOX
殺破狼‧貪狼
Hong Kong SAR China 2017 | 100 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Action, Crime Thriller, Martial Arts

From director Wilson Yip (IP MAN, SPL2) and legendary action choreographer Sammo Hung, comes PARADOX. When his daughter Chi goes missing in Thailand, Hong Kong cop Lee (Louis Koo) isn’t leaving...

Sat, Nov 11 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery H

POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG
New Zealand 2016 | 94 min.
Pacific Showcase | Culture, Documentary, Music, Native/Indigenous Peoples

‘Poi E’, a simple song with a catchy beat released 32 years ago, has become New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. With humour, energy and emotion, the movie POI E tells the...

Thu, Nov 09 - 7:00PM  IBM Building Courtyard

Sun, Nov 12 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Fri, Nov 17 - 6:00PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

POINT OF NO RETURN
United States 2017 | 95 min.
Film For Thought | Documentary, Environmental, Science, Social Issues

POINT OF NO RETURN chronicles one of the most suspenseful and pioneering scientific adventure stories of the 21st century, following two pilots in their attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an...

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery D

Thu, Nov 09 - 2:45PM  Dole Cannery H

PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAII
United States 2017 | 55 min.
Made in Hawaii | Documentary, History, War

PROOF OF LOYALTY tells the story of Kazuo Yamane, a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination...

Tue, Nov 07 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 1:30PM  Dole Cannery A

SAMUI SONG
Thailand 2017 | 108 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Crime Thriller, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Thriller

Viyada, a Thai soap opera actress in her mid-30s, finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband Jerome, a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader called The Holy One...

Fri, Nov 10 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 12 - 7:00PM  Dole Cannery C

SATAN'S SLAVES
Pengabdi Setan
Indonesia 2017 | 101 min.
Fantastic Asia | Horror, Supernatural

Director Joko Anwar is perhaps the preeminent horror and thriller genre director in Indonesia (THE FORBIDDEN DOOR, MODUS ANOMALI). His latest is a remake of the 1980 cult hit PENGABDI SETAN —...

Fri, Nov 10 - 9:00PM  Dole Cannery H

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 B

THE SHERIFF IN TOWN
보안관
South Korea 2016 | 115 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Action, Comedy, Crime

Disgraced by an ill-fated drug sting, ex-cop Dae-ho stays busy as the unofficial ‘sheriff’ of a small town near Busan. When new businessman Dong-jin arrives in town and wins the...

Fri, Nov 03 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Fri, Nov 10 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery A

A SPECIAL LADY
미옥
South Korea 2017 | 90 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Action, Crime & Gangster, Drama

Hyun-Jung (Kim Hye-Soo) has risen through the ranks of an elite organized criminal group, and now sits second in command. However her rise to power has come at a cost, her relationship with her son....

Sun, Nov 05 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery C

THE SQUARE
Sweden 2017 | 142 min.
European Showcase | Black Comedy, Drama

Disaster strikes when Christian, a respected curator of a contemporary art museum, hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his latest exhibition “The Square.” The response is...

Fri, Nov 03 - 7:00PM  Dole Cannery C

STAND UP MAN
Canada 2017 | 86 min.
American Indies | Comedy, Drama

Forced to move back to his hometown of Windsor, Canada, wannabe comedian Moses Kim finds his dreams derailed when he has to take over his family’s restaurant. Life gets more complicated when...

Sat, Nov 04 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery C

Fri, Nov 10 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

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 A

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

A TAXI DRIVER
택시 운전사
South Korea 2017 | 137 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Drama, History, Period/Historical

HIFF is proud to bring back South Korea’s biggest box-office hit of the year, as well as the country’s entry to the Oscars foreign language film category. Man-seob is a down on his luck...

Mon, Nov 06 - 7:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 18 - 7:30PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

THE TEA EXPLORER
Canada 2017 | 76 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Culture, Documentary, Food

Canadian explorer (and now part time Hawaii resident) Jeff Fuchs calls himself a “tea junkie,” a man addicted to the second most popular drink on earth (water is the first). Jeff is...

Mon, Nov 06 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 18 - 6:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

THOSE LONG HAIRED NIGHTS
Mga Gabing Kasinghaba Ng Hair Ko
Philippines 2017 | 72 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Crime, Drama, LGBT

Loosely based on true events, three transgender women — Hopeless romantic Tuesday, wise Amanda and recklessly ambitious Barbie —  share a chaotic night of misguided love, a...

Sat, Nov 04 - 6:45PM  Dole Cannery E

TOILET: A LOVE STORY
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
India 2017 | 155 min.
Spotlight on India | Bollywood, Comedy, Drama

Set in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, Jaya leaves her husband, Keshav, on the first day of their marriage after discovering that he doesn't have a toilet. He desperately sets out on a mission...

Wed, Nov 08 - 7:00PM  Dole Cannery D

Sat, Nov 11 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery C

VICEROY'S HOUSE
India, Sweden, United Kingdom 2017 | 106 min.
Spotlight on India | Biography, Drama, History, Period/Historical

India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country's transition from British rule to independence....

Sat, Nov 04 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Mon, Nov 06 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery A

THE VILLAINESS
악녀
South Korea 2017 | 123 min.
Fantastic Asia | Action, Crime, Thriller

Bloody revenge is at the heart of this stylish, kinetic action-thriller that gives a welcome shot of adrenaline to the classic femme fatale story. Honed from childhood into a merciless killing...

Fri, Nov 10 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 12 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 17 - 8:15PM  Waimea Theater Kauai

WARU
New Zealand 2017 | 86 min.
Pacific Showcase | Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Women

A powerful and challenging story surrounding the tangi (funeral) of a small boy named Waru, who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the community. This unique film...

Sat, Nov 11 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 12 - 1:00PM  Dole Cannery D

WE DON'T NEED A MAP
Australia 2017 | 85 min.
Pacific Showcase | Culture, Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples

From the acclaimed director and artist Warwick Thornton (SAMSON & DELILAH) comes WE DON’T NEED A MAP, an in-depth look at the rich and surprising history of one of Australia’s most...

Wed, Nov 08 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 10 - 3:00PM  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

WISHED
反转人生
China 2017 | 110 min.
Spotlight on China | Comedy, Fantasy

Ma Fendou is a lackluster insurance salesman whose life is going nowhere. His best friend Li Fei, a wise cracking delivery man, urges him to just go with the flow. Not wanting to hold her back while...

Tue, Nov 07 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery A

Sun, Nov 12 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery D

YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE
那些年,我們一起追的女孩
Taiwan ROC 2011 | 109 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Coming of Age, Romance

A group of close friends who attend a private school all have a debilitating crush on the sunny star pupil, Shen Jiayi. The only member of the group who claims not to is Ke Jingteng, but he ends up...

Thu, Nov 09 - 5:15PM  Dole Cannery H

YOUTH
China 2017 | 146 min.
Spotlight on China | Drama, History, Period/Historical

Legendary Chinese director Feng Xiaogang presents a beautiful, sweeping coming-of-age story set in 1980’s Chengdu amidst a performing arts troupe. The troupe members each face their own trials...

Thu, Nov 02 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery C

Fri, Nov 10 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

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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