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HIFF – Eat, Drink, Film

“TSUKIJI WONDERLAND” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 110 min. Written and directed by Naotaro Endo. Tökyö’s Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world. Opened in 1935, the...
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HIFF – Sound X Vision

“WE ARE X” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 93 min. Edited by Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin. Directed by Stephen Kijak. From the production team behind the Oscar-winning...
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HIFF – Made in Hawai‘i

“THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN” | International Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 79 min. Written by Yuki Tsuchida. Directed by Kazuyoshi Nagashima. Miwako’s belief that her son Rikiya Asai was...
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HIFF – Fantastic Asia

“SADAKO VS. KAYAKO” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Koji Shiraishi. Two ghosts — Sadako (“The Ring”) and Kayako (“The Grudge”) — who each spawned a...
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HIFF – Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow

“FIRES ON THE PLAIN” | Festival Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 108 min. Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. “Fires on the Plain” follows a soldier, Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), who, along with hordes...
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HIFF – Global Positioning Shorts

“GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | No Dialogue | 7 min. Directed by Kiichiro Nakamura. A girl walks on the abandoned island with her camera. All the histories and old memories of...
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HIFF – Film For Thought

“HIKAWA MARU” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 94 min. From veteran anime director Shunji Oga comes the epic tale of the legendary Japanese ocean liner, the Hikawa Maru. In May...
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HIFF – Documentaries

“A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU (TOHOKU NO SHINGETSU)” | U.S. Premiere | Canada | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Linda Ohama. A moving story of love, survival and old Japanese...
Photo of "Sumö Road — The Musical” screens on Nov. 6 as part of the “Careful What You Pack Shorts.”∏

HIFF – Careful What You Pack

“SUMÖ ROAD – THE MUSICAL” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 25 min. Written and directed by Ken Ochiai. Kure, an overweight exchange student from Taiwan, has a hard time fitting in...
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HIFF – Shorts Before Feature

“IM/PERFECTION” | World Premiere | United States | English | 12 min. Directed by Andrew Higa Hiroshi Hida immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan in 1961. He struggled to learn English, but excelled in math and painting...

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