18 films/events

Spotlight on Japan

#HANDBALLSTRIVE
Japan 2019 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy

Masao is a high school student in the town of Kumamoto. Together with his friend Okamoto, the two start an Instagram hashtag, #Handballstrive, that goes viral. The publicity from the hashtag prompts...

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

AINU MOSIR
Japan 2020 | 84 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Native/Indigenous Peoples

Kanto is a fourteen-year-old boy and a descendant of Japan’s indigenous Ainu people. He lives with his mother, Emi, who runs a souvenir store in the small town in Hokkaido, where the Ainu...

Nov 5th 10:00 AM - Nov 15th 11:45 PM  | ONLINE ACCESS

ANY CRYBABIES AROUND?
泣く子はいねぇが
Japan 2020 | 106 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama

Irresponsible new father Tasuku cannot get his act together, even for the sake of his baby daughter. When he commits a disgraceful act in his small village in northern Japan while portraying a...

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

AWAKE
Japan 2020 | 119 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama

Eiichi and Riku are devoted to shogi (Japanese chess). Having grown up together, they both challenged and heightened one another’s skills. But as years passed, Riku became impossible to defeat....

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

A BELOVED WIFE
喜劇 愛妻物語
Japan 2019 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Comedy

While married for a decade and parenting their young daughter together, Gota and Chika struggle to fulfill one another’s matrimonial wishes. Chika regularly scorns Gota’s failed...

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

DAUGHTERS
Japan 2020 | 104 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Drama, Women

Best friends Koharu and Ayano live cosmopolitan and youthful lives in Tokyo. Both women work in fashion and art, spending much of their free time drinking and eating. Their fast-paced, interwoven...

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

FUKUSHIMA 50
Japan 2020 | 122 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Disaster, Drama

In March 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rocked the eastern coast of Japan and caused a mega-tsunami that may have been over 100 feet high. The tsunami struck the seaside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear...

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

GEORAMA BOY, PANORAMA GIRL
ジオラマボーイ・パノラマガール
Japan 2020 | 105 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Coming of Age, Drama, Romance

Quirky, bubbly high school student Haruko longs for romance, or even a first kiss. Shy Kenichi is confused about life, and love, causing him to suddenly drop out of school. When the two collide in a...

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

HOKUSAI
Japan 2020 | 129 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Art, Drama, History

Painter Hokusai Katsushika (The Great Wave off Kanagawa) is one of the greatest Japanese artists of all time. From director Hajime Hashimoto comes a sprawling, lush biopic of the man and the myth....

Tue, Nov 10 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Tue, Nov 10 - 8:00PM  Consolidated Ward

Tue, Nov 17 - 5:00PM  Consolidated Olino

Tue, Nov 17 - 8:00PM  Consolidated Olino

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

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

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

SUMODO-SUCCESSORS OF SAMURAI
相撲道-サムライを継ぐ者たち-
Japan 2020 | 104 min.
Documentary Panorama | Documentary

The ancient and very secretive world of Japanese sumo wrestling is uncovered for the very first time!  The filmmakers emphasize the arduous journey in attaining one of the high ranks--and most...

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

VR WORKPLACE
VR職場
Japan 2019 | 30 min.
Shorts Program: Dark Wave | Comedy

Set in the near future, a game “VR Workplace” where persons can virtually experience the ideal work environment is gaining attraction. However, a bug within the game emerges in the form...

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

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

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

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