71 films/events

Drama

THE MAINLAND
United States 2020 | 19 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Comedy, Drama

The Mainland follows Hawaiian actor, Ikaika, as he navigates the Hollywood politics of ethnic diversity when his small town cousin, Kekoa, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 07 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sat, Nov 07 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

MAURI
New Zealand 1988 | 90 min.
Pacific Showcase | Drama

When she made MAURI, Merata Mita became the first Māori woman to write and direct a dramatic feature. "Mauri, "meaning life force, is loosely set around a love triangle and explores...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

MEKONG 2030
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam 2020 | 93 min.
Asian Showcase | Drama, Omnibus, Science Fiction, Social Issues

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam: five countries straddle the mighty Mekong River, and their collective futures will be defined by its preservation. MEKONG 2030 is an anthology series...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

MEMORY 2752
United States 2020 | 6 min.
Student Showcase | Drama

In the not to distant future, people relive and experience their favorite memories with all five senses at The Memory Bank. But for Nathan are memories of Helen enough?

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

MIDNIGHT SWAN
ミッドナイトスワン
Japan 2020 | 124 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, LGBT

Nagisa doesn’t have an easy life, but she gets by working as a showgirl. She is transgender, which in Japan means limited job options. One day she gets a call, explaining that her...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

MINARI
United States 2020 | 115 min.
New American Perspectives | Drama

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, MINARI follows a Korean American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely...

Nov 5th 7:00 PM - Nov 5th 11:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Thu, Nov 05 - 7:00PM  Consolidated Ward

MOGUL MOWGLI
United Kingdom 2020 | 90 min.
New American Perspectives | Drama

Up-and-coming British Pakistani rapper Zed (Riz Ahmed) has finally gotten his big break, landing a gig as the opening act for a major star. However, after arriving home in his native London to see...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

MOVING ON
남매의 여름밤
South Korea 2019 | 105 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Drama

After the divorce of Okju and Dongju’s parents, their father decides to move his family in with their grandfather. Their move-in is not just about caring for a feeble man but keeping themselves...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

MRS. NOISY
ミセス・ノイズィ
Japan 2019 | 107 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy, Drama

A novelist Maki Yoshioka (Yukiko Shinohara) has been stuck in a slump. One day, she gets into a disagreement with her neighbor Miwako Wakata (Yoko Ootaka) over the beating of a futon. Maki feels she...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

MY PRINCE EDWARD
金都
Hong Kong SAR China 2019 | 88 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Drama

From writer-director Norris Wong, MY PRINCE EDWARD examines a whimsical tale of freedom in marriage and self-governance in geographical residence. Fong works in a retail store selling wedding...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

NEW ORDER
France, Mexico 2020 | 88 min.
Panorama | Drama

Set in a near-future Mexico City while protests rage, NEW ORDER focuses on a high society family preparing for a wedding when a former employee seeking emergency medical funds intrudes on the...

Nov 14th 7:00 PM - Nov 14th 11:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Nov 25th 7:00 PM - Nov 25th 11:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

NEW YEAR’S EVE
United States 2020 | 3 min.
Student Showcase | Drama

2020's coronavirus is broken down into a good and bad side, showing the audience that we need to stay positive and creative even with a pandemic bearing down on us.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

NIGHT OF THE KINGS
Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Senegal 2020 | 93 min.
Panorama | Drama

A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison off the Ivory Coast and deep in a remote jungle, ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by...

Nov 13th 7:00 PM - Nov 13th 11:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Nov 21st 7:00 PM - Nov 21st 11:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

THE PĀKALĀ KIDS
United States 2020 | 5 min.
ACM UHM Showcase | Animation, Drama

On the run from their home in the rustic, old plantation town of Pākalā Village, Kauaʻi, two best friends, Lani and Dixie, embark on a journey up Waimea Canyon.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

PARACHUTE
United States 2020 | 14 min.
Shorts Program: A Better Life | Drama

After three years of living in America, Chinese teenager Wendy Zhang is struggling. Her teachers don't care about her, her host family doesn't understand her, and her own parents are too far...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

THE PASS: LAST DAYS OF THE SAMURAI
峠 最後のサムライ
Japan 2020 | 114 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Period/Historical

From director Takashi Koizumi, assistant to the legendary Akira Kurosawa, comes a beautiful samurai film based on a popular novel by Ryotaro Shiba. Starring Koji Yakusho, TOUGE: THE LAST SAMURAI...

Fri, Nov 06 - 5:30PM  Consolidated Ward

Fri, Nov 06 - 8:30PM  Consolidated Ward

Mon, Nov 16 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Olino

Mon, Nov 16 - 8:00PM  Consolidated Olino

THE REAL THING
本気のしるし
Japan 2019 | 240 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama

For the first time, HIFF presents an original episodic series as part of the film festival program. The latest work from Koji Fukada (HARMONIUM, A GIRL MISSING) is a mystery thriller about...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

RED HOUSE
United States 2020 | 20 min.
Made in Hawaii Shorts | Drama

Scotty, an addict shunned by his community, is released from prison and goes straight to the beach to test his longtime fear of the ocean.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sat, Nov 07 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sat, Nov 07 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

Sun, Nov 29 - 2:00PM  Consolidated Ward

REUNION
New Zealand 2020 | 14 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Drama, Horror

After refusing a “Meals on Wheels” dinner from a Maori teenager, Miss Venck is overjoyed to be reunited with her long departed fiance. But her joy is short lived when he reveals the...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

SEE YOU, SIR
主管再見
Taiwan ROC 2019 | 25 min.
Shorts Program: Turning Point | Drama

Yamaha is a cocky and yet caring juvenile offender. He takes Sonny, a very young inmate, under his wing. Chuan is a quiet and mysterious new arrival. The trio become roommates on New Year’s...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

A SIMPLE LIFE
桃姐
Hong Kong SAR China 2011 | 118 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Drama

Roger (Andy Lau) is a successful movie producer. Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) has worked for Roger's family as a nanny and maid over the course of four generations. When Roger comes home to find Ah...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

SOUND OF METAL
United States 2020 | 130 min.
Panorama | Drama

A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing. A former drug addict, he is sober for four years. His sponsor makes him go meet Joe (Paul Raci), who leads...

Nov 15th 7:00 PM - Nov 16th 7:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Nov 22nd 7:00 PM - Nov 23rd 7:00 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

SOUTH WIND
China 2020 | 15 min.
Shorts Program: Dark Wave | Drama

A man comes to the fortune teller’s house in a hurry. When asked about his fate, the master finds out his secrets. The man faced with a choice, tries to seize a slim chance of survival. 

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

SPRING TIDE
春潮
China 2019 | 124 min.
Spotlight on China | Drama

SPRING TIDE, from award-winning documentary filmmaker Yang Ling who focuses on fiction in this outing, tells a story of family dysfunction in which a woman must deal with the competing demands of her...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

STARGAZER
United States 2020 | 8 min.
Student Showcase | Drama

The US has established the Junior Deep Space Program (JDSP) within the Space Force. John and Anne are on a mission to study a distant star system when a malfunction causes their ship to lose...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

SUMMER OF 85
Été 85
France 2020 | 100 min.
Panorama | Drama

When 16-year-old Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, 18-year-old David heroically saves him. Alexis has just met the friend of his dreams. But will the dream last for more than one summer?...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

TWO OF US
Deux
France 2019 | 95 min.
Panorama | Drama

Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, have been secretly in love for decades. From everybody's point of view, including Madeleine's family, they are simply neighbors living on the top floor...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

UNDER THE OPEN SKY
すばらしき世界
Japan 2020 | 126 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama

From director Miwa Nishikawa, protege of Hirokazu Kore-eda, comes a tale of redemption and reinvention starring Koji Yakusho in the lead. Mikami (Yakusho) is an ex-yakuza who has spent most of his...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

VOICES IN THE WIND
風の電話
Japan 2020 | 139 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama

Young Haru has spent years adapting to life with her aunt in Hiroshima. But when her aunt suffers a major stroke, she makes the sudden decision to travel by herself to her hometown in Iwate. A town...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

WALK A MILE
New Zealand 2019 | 15 min.
Pacific Showcase Shorts | Drama

Vietnam vet Russ hates the noisy family next door but when tragedy strikes his neighbours he changes his mind.

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

WALLS
United States 2020 | 13 min.
ACM UHM Showcase | Drama

Walls is a short drama about a teenage boy named David who is afraid of being transparent. When David’s best friend, Johnathan, notices his abuse at home, David must overcome his fear of...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

WATER LIKE FIRE
United States 2020 | 88 min.
Made in Hawaii | Drama

While Chanel is grieving her parent’s death, she struggles to connect with her drug-addicted brother, Caleb. Despite this, she finds solace in surfing and her friendships. But after Caleb is...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 15 - 7:00PM  Varsity Building Drive-In

Sun, Nov 29 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Sun, Nov 29 - 8:00PM  Consolidated Ward

WITHOUT STRINGS
Binisutoy
India 2019 | 94 min.
Spotlight on India | Drama

Kajal and Sraboni, two people in their mid thirties, meet at a reality game show audition. Centered around Kajal and Sraboni’s fascination with human connection, the two share personal accounts...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

WOTAKOI: LOVE IS HARD FOR OTAKU
ヲタクに恋は難しい
Japan 2019 | 114 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy, Drama

If there is one over-the-top musical comedy romance about fandom and otaku culture that you see this year, this is it! Office lady Narumi has a secret love for anime, one that she keeps hidden in her...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

YELLOW GIRL AND ME
United States 2019 | 19 min.
Shorts Program: Turning Point | Drama, Social Issues, Women

Set in the Jamaican countryside, a young child named Nicole waits for her sister, Yellow Girl, to teach her how to swim. Circumstances escalate when Yellow Girl breaks her promise...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 29th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

Sun, Nov 29 - 12:01AM  NOV 5 - 29 | ON DEMAND ONLINE

71 films/events
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