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Japanese Movies


Co-sponsored by Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu
and Honolulu Festival Foundation

– Free Admission –

Date: Sat, Mar. 13, 2010

Venue: 3rd Floor, 317AB / Hawaii Convention Center

Hula Girls


10:30am – 12:30pm

2006 film
8 Japanese Academy Awards in 2007

Director: Sang-il Lee
Cast: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Yu Aoi, Etsuji Toyokawa

Based on a true story about creation of Joban Hawaii Center in Iwaki, Fukushima.In 1965, Coal mining town facing financial crisis is revived by a Hawaiian themed entertainment center. Coal miners’ daughters learn hula.

Hula Girl Official Website


Departures (Okuribito)


1:00pm – 4:00pm

2008 film
Best Foreign Language Movie, Academy Award 2009

Director: Yojiro Takita
Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Story about a man who takes a job in funeral home “encoffinment(nokan)” after being let go from his job as cellist.

Departures Official Website

10:30 - 12:30 Hula Girl
13:00 - 16:00 Departures
Place 3rd Floor,317AB/Hawaii Convention Cente