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HIFF.ORG ASIAN SHOWCASE: SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN PRESENTED BY HAWAIIAN AIRLINES


NOMINATED FEATURE DIRECTOR AND CAST IN ATTENDANCE


PERMANENT NOBARA


PAMAMENTO NOBARA UNITED STATES PREMIERE sUnDay, OCTObER 24 | 7:00 Pm | REgal DOlE


jaPan 2010 | jaPanEsE W/ EnglIsh sUbTITlEs | 100 m DIRECTOR: Daihachi Yosida sCREEnWRITER: Satoko Okudera PRODUCERs: Kei Haruna, Sei Matsumoto, Yuji Ishida CInEmaTOgRaPhER: Ryuto Kondo CasT: Miho Kanno, Eiko Koike, Chizuru Ikewaki, Ryudo Uzaki, Mari Natsuki


Recently divorced thirtysomething Naoko (Kanno Miho) has returned with her young daughter Momo (Hatakeyama Tsumugi) to the quiet fishing village of her birth where her acid-mouthed mother Masako (Natsuki Mari) runs the only beauty salon, Wild Rose Nobara, renowned for its reliable perms. The salon is the community’s gossip centre for the local women, all of whom seem to have men and sex on their minds. The tranquil Naoko seems the only one at peace with herself, and in a happy relationship with her dream man, out-of-town science teacher Kashima (Eguchi Yosuke).


The tone of Yoshida Daihachi’s third feature couldn’t be more different on the surface from that of his well-travelled debut, the black family comedy FUNUKE: SHOW SOME LOVE, YOU LOSERS! But underneath its largely placid surface there’s some of the same weirdness and darkness. —Derek Elley


RAILWAYS


BATADEN: ICHIBATA DENSHA MONOGATARI UNITED STATES PREMIERE


saTURDay, OCTObER 16 | 3:30 Pm | REgal DOlE mOnDay, OCTObER 18 | 3:15 Pm | REgal DOlE jaPan 2010 | jaPanEsE W/ EnglIsh sUbTITlEs | 130 m


DIRECTOR: Yoshinari Nishikori sCREEnWRITER: Yoshinari Nishikori, Brazily Ann Yamada, Hirotoshi Kobayashi PRODUCERs: Kazuyoshi Ishida, Masaki Koide, Hirotaka Kitazume,Yushi Ueda CInEmaTOgRaPhER: Hiroo Yanagida CasT: Kiichi Nakai, Reiko Takashima, Yuika Motokariya


After a quick succession of life-altering events gives Tsutsui pause, he reevaluates his life after years as a salaryman. He decides to leave his job in Tokyo and pursue his childhood dream of becoming a Train Conductor in his hometown. As a 49 year-old Tokyo business executive who wants to start over in a job normally pursued by candidates half his age, Tsutsui faces major obstacles in fulfilling his dream.


RAILWAYS allow the viewer to partake in a gentle and genuine film that successfully combine beautiful panoramic cinematography with intimate, at times almost voyeuristic, storytelling. A love letter to Japan’s train system , RAILWAYS successfully incorporates the “klick-klack klick-klack” rhythm of the trains, along with the ambient sounds of nature, create an atmosphere that will make the viewer long for a place they may have never visited before. —Gregg Hoshida


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RAILWAYS / SAWAKO DECIDES


SAWAKO DECIDES / SHODO GIRLS!!


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