13may(may 13)12:00 am23(may 23)11:59 pmHOTEL ROYALホテルローヤルwatch.hiff.orgEvent Type:FilmFestival, Season, or Series:HIFF SHOWCASE SERIES,J-FESTCountries:JapanGenres:Comedy,Coming of Age,Drama Event TagsInternational Premiere
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SYNOPSIS The Hotel Royal, a roadside love hotel in Hokkaido, has seen better days. And the young Masayo (Haru) is less than enthused about taking over the family business.
The Hotel Royal, a roadside love hotel in Hokkaido, has seen better days. And the young Masayo (Haru) is less than enthused about taking over the family business. Having failed her entrance exam for art school, she feels trapped at the hotel. But when the hotel faces the possibility of closure, and Masayo is thrust in charge, she begins to see what the inn really means not only to her family and the quirky staff, but also to the parade of regular and not so regular guests.
Director Masaharu Take (100 YEN LOVE, WE MAKE ANTIQUES) brings his unique blend of understated humor to this offbeat dramedy starring the ethereal Haru in the lead, with an all-star supporting ensemble cast. Based on a collection of short stories, HOTEL ROYAL is a tale of finding joy in the most unlikely of places.
Directed by: Masaharu Take
Japan | 2020 | 104 min.
Premiere: International Premiere
Genres: Drama, Comedy
Screenwriter: Yukako Shimizu
Cinematographer: Hiromitsu Nishimura
Cast: Haru, Fukiko Hara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Yui Natsukawa, Ken Yasuda, Kimiko Yo