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VIFF: Hard-Core

VIFF: Hard-Core

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival

VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe and boasts the largest Canadian film program in the world.

For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from

September 26 – October 11, 2019.

For the most up to date and full schedule visit:

All VIFF shows at The Rio are +19 only, so please bring valid ID

No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings


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Short-tempered loner Ukon (Takayuki Yamada of Netflix’s The Naked Director) is the troublemaking type that doesn’t fit into society, much to the exasperation of his salaryman brother Sakon (Takeru Satoh). Ukon and his only pal Ushiyama (comedian Yoshiyoshi Arakawa) sustain themselves by digging fruitlessly for gold in an abandoned mine while in the employ of a dodgy leftist-nationalist. One day, the two stumble on a mysterious old robot. With the semi-sentient robot around, the buddies’ fortunes appear to take a turn for the better, but then everything goes spectacularly wrong.

From Hazy Life to Linda, Linda, Linda, Yamashita Nobuhiro has been Japan’s king of indie slacker films. Now an established director, he has worked seamlessly with Yamada, Japan’s own version of Johnny Depp, in several sensationally popular comic TV mockumentary series, like Takayuki Yamada’s Cannes Film Festival. Based on Imashiro Takashi’s 90s cult manga, this deadpan low-tech sci-fi dramedy channels the pure-hearted camaraderie and contrarian spirit of its loser heroes into a wryly absurdist and wildly imaginative escapade that makes you ponder what people stand for in these crazy times.

Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through the VIFF site.

Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 6pm.
VIFF General Inquiries to

General Inquiries


Phone: 604.685.0260

Membership (Basic)

Phone: 604.685.0260

VIFF+ Membership

Phone: 778.328.7817

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