Gwen Battad Ishikawa

“Cinema Angel,” a fictional film based on a real-life movie theater in Hiroshima, is coming to the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The film, which was written and directed by Hideyuki Tokigawa, had its Hawai‘i premiere at last October’s Hawaii International Film Festival.

“Cinema Angel” writer and director Hideyuki Tokigawa (Photo courtesy Hideyuki Tokigawa)

In 2014, employees of the Daikokuza theater, the oldest movie theater in all of Japan, approached Tokigawa and asked him to make a film about the theater before it was demolished. The 122-year-old Daikokuza was located in Fukuyama City in Hiroshima.

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