10 films/events

Spotlight on 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

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

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

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

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

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

10 films/events
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