06-24 November 2019

Festivals & Events

Spotlight on Japan

37 SECONDS
37 SECONDS

HIKARI
Japan
Feature film

Yuma is a talented adult manga artist with cerebral palsy. When a publisher tells her she must first gain more “experience,” Yuma sets out on a journey to explore her physical, creative, and sexual autonomy.

A GIRL MISSING
A GIRL MISSING

Kôji FUKADA
Japan
Feature film

As a home health nurse, Ichiko becomes close to her patients’ families. But when a patient’s granddaughter goes missing, Ichiko becomes embroiled in a maelstrom of lies that threatens to destroy her whole world.

 

 

ANOTHER WORLD
ANOTHER WORLD

Junji SAKAMOTO
Japan
Feature film

When Eisuke reappears in his small hometown after many years of absence, it reopens bonds and wounds between him, Hiroshi, and Mitsuhiko, old friends he left behind. Where has all the time gone?

 

CAN'T STOP THE DANCING (DANCE WITH ME)
CAN'T STOP THE DANCING (DANCE WITH ME)

Shinobu YAGUCHI
Japan
Feature film

When Shizuka accidentally falls under the spell of a hypnotist, she suddenly can’t help but break into song and dance whenever she hears music! DANCE WITH ME is a comedic, music-filled roadtrip across Japan.

FAREWELL SONG
FAREWELL SONG

Akihiko SHIOTA
Japan
Feature film

After years together, longtime friends and bandmates Haru and Leo embark on their final tour with their handsome manager Shima. A musical journey through their past reveals a story of passion, music, and unrequited love.

JUST ONLY LOVE
JUST ONLY LOVE

Rikiya IMAIZUMI
Japan
Feature film

While Teruko adores Mamoru, Mamoru couldn’t care less about her. But when he invites her to meet the object of his affection, Sumire, it may turn the tables on her unrequited love.

 

 

 

MASQUERADE HOTEL
MASQUERADE HOTEL

Masayuki SUZUKI
Japan
Feature film

When a string of murders hits Tokyo, a hardened detective is forced to work undercover with an unflappable hotelier in order to find the murderer while keeping hotel guests alive and safe.

 

 

OKINAWAN BLUE
OKINAWAN BLUE

Tsukasa KISHIMOTO
Japan
Feature film

Set in the quaint, picturesque island of Zamami, OKINAWAN BLUE explores what the island life means to its visitors and residents, weaving three strands of stories together into an omnibus film.

RIDE YOUR WAVE
RIDE YOUR WAVE

Masaaki YUASA
Japan
Feature film

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Devastated, Hinako cannot look at the sea, until one day, she randomly sings their favorite song and Minato magically appears in the water.

SIGNAL 100
SIGNAL 100

Lisa TAKEBA
Japan
Feature film

A teacher forces his class to watch a strange video and discover that several students have jumped to their deaths. The remaining survivors must decipher the teacher’s motives before they’re all dead…

TALKING THE PICTURES
TALKING THE PICTURES

Masayuki SUO
Japan
Feature film

Pre-war Japan. Young Shuntaro has dreamed since he was a child of becoming a benshi, a live-narrator for the silent films that play in the picture houses. But the only way he has found to achieve his dream is by acting as a sham benshi in a gang scamming people out of their goods. But one day when on the run, he finds himself an opportunity to become a real benshi at a cinema. However, a rival cinema, and his old gang, threaten this new-found life...

THE FABLE
THE FABLE

Kan EGUCHI
Japan
Feature film

After a hit on a major crime boss, The Fable, a ruthless assassin, has to lay low in Osaka and lead a ‘regular’ life for one year. But can this born killer change his ways?

THE HIKITA'S ARE EXPECTING!
THE HIKITA'S ARE EXPECTING!

Toru HOSOKAWA
Japan
Feature film

Happily married Kunio and Sachi have always agreed they didn’t want children. But as all of Sachi’s friends enter motherhood, she has a change of heart. Kunio agrees, but things don’t always go as planned!

 

THE PRISONER OF SAKURA
THE PRISONER OF SAKURA

Masaki INOUE
Japan
Feature film

An affair between a nurse and a prisoner of war during the Russo-Japanese War is discovered by present-day film crew who become moved by the star-crossed lovers’ courage during a loveless time.

THE WITNESS
THE WITNESS

Junichi MORI
Japan, South Korea
Feature film

Police academy graduate Natsume loses both her brother and her eyesight in a horrific car accident. Three years later, Natsume uses her detective instincts and heightened senses to uncover a sinister mystery.

THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME
THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME

Joe ODAGIRI
Japan
Feature film

An elderly boatman ferries people between villages, but his job is threatened with the construction of a bridge. Desolate and alone, he befriends a girl he found floating mysteriously in the river.

THREE NOBUNAGAS
THREE NOBUNAGAS

Kei WATANABE
Japan
Feature film

The warlord Nobunaga tries to unify Japan, much to the chagrin of warrior Kanbara. After Kanbara and his men capture different members of the Nobunaga clan, they find themselves unravelling the mystery of which is the true warlord.

TORA-SAN, MY UNCLE
TORA-SAN, MY UNCLE

Yoji YAMADA
Japan
Feature film

Tora-san returns home to visit his sister and her family in Tokyo. His nephew, Mitsuo, is depressed because he has failed his university entrance examination, and also because Izumi, a young girl he is in love with, has transferred to a school in Saga, Kyushu. Mitsuo leaves home and finds her. Digitally remastered, this 42nd entry in the TORA-SAN film series ties in to the main story of TORA-SAN: WISH YOU WERE HERE, also screening at HIFF. 

TORA-SAN, WISH YOU WERE HERE
TORA-SAN, WISH YOU WERE HERE

Yoji YAMADA
Japan
Feature film

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the longest running Japanese film series of all time, Yoji Yamada returns with a 49th entry that continues the story of the characters who were left with indelible impressions by Tora-san over the years.

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