The 21st annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani begins Friday and runs through April 15 at Regal Dole Cannery Theaters.
The Spring Showcase is HIFF’s annual mini festival, featuring some of the best spring season films from across the world.
There will be 33 films from 12 countries, including festival favorites from Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, and spring hits from across Japan, China, India, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
Japan’s “The Third Murder” is the showcase’s opening night film, and explores the relationship between a murder suspect and his defense attorney. An investigation reveals secret histories and inconsistencies that transform a seemingly clear-cut crime into a complex moral tale.
“The Third Murder” premieres April 6 at 8 p.m. and replays April 14 at 8 p.m.
“Ramen Heads” celebrates the evolution of a simple dish in post-war Japan to a meal that fans can wait hours for. It also explores the secret ingredients and obsessive methods of Japan’s best ramen chef.
“We recommend that you plan to go eat some ramen either before or after you watch this movie. It is that good of a film,” teased HIFF executive director Beckie Stocchetti.
“Ramen Heads” plays April 9 at 6 p.m. and April 13 at 8 p.m.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is a tribute to Fred Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister who inspired generations of children with his gentle voice and heartfelt words of wisdom.
The film is a blend of animated sequences, archival footage, and interviews with Rogers’ family, friends, and colleagues.
It plays April 8 at 6 p.m. and April 10 at 4 p.m.
For full listings and ticket information, visit: http://www.HIFF.org