HIFF 1997: Better Living Through Celluloid

17th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

November 7-20, 1997

Award Winners

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Narrative
12 STOREYS
Director: Eric Khoo

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Documentary
HOMESICK EYES
Director: Hsu Hsaio-Ming

Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award
E OLA KA ‘OLELO HAWAI’I
Director: No Maka O Ka ‘Aina

Special Jury Award
MY SECRET CACHE – Naomi Nishida

Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography
JOHN SEALE

Vision in Film Award
ANG LEE

Audience Award for Best Feature
DEEP RIVER
Director: Kei Kamai

Audience Award for Best Documentary (Tie)
LUTHER KAHIKILI MAKEKAU
Director: Eddie Kamae

E OLA KA ‘OLELO HAWAI’I
Director: Na Maka O Ka ‘Aina

Audience Award for Best Short
SIGNING OFF
Director: Robert Sarkies

1997 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

THE ICE STORM
Director: Ang Lee
USA 1997

World Premieres

BEYOND PARADISE
Director:
USA/UK 1998, Made in Hawaii

HACKS
Director:
USA 1998, Surf Cinema

FROM JEMAPOH TO MANCHESTEE (DARI JEMAPOH KE MANCHESTEE)
Director:
USA 1998, Green Screen

LUTHER KAHIKILI MAKEKAU: ONE KINE HAWAIIAN MAN
Director:
USA 1998, Documentary Competition

MY TEACHER EATS BISCUITS
Director:
USA 1998, American Immigrant Filmmakers

United States Premieres

KEEP COOL
Director:
Philippines 1998, Narrative Competition

THE LONG JOURNEY
Director:
Philippines 1998, Spotlight on the Philippines

HOMELESS
Director:
South Korea 1998, Spotlight on Korea

MAO’S NEW SUIT
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

HOMESICK EYES
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

THE OPIUM WAR
Director:
Philippines 1998, Narrative Competition

RED RIVER VALLEY
Director:
Philippines 1998, Spotlight on the Philippines

WHY DO YOU FILM? (POURQUOI FILMEZ-VOUZ?)
Director:
South Korea 1998, Spotlight on Korea

NO. 16, BARHKOR SOUTH STREET (BARKHOR NAN TIE 16 HAO)
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

THE RED DOOR (LAL DARJA)
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

THE FLIGHT (ADAJYA)
Director:
Philippines 1998, Narrative Competition

FUN, BAR, KARAOKE
Director:
Philippines 1998, Spotlight on the Philippines

AMOK
Director:
South Korea 1998, Spotlight on Korea

DEEP IN PARADISE (MULANAY)
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

AN OATH
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

CHILDREN ONLY ONCE (MISAN LANG SILA BATA)
Director:
Philippines 1998, Narrative Competition

MILAGROS
Director:
Philippines 1998, Spotlight on the Philippines

THE WAY
Director:
South Korea 1998, Spotlight on Korea

AN UNEXPECTED WALK (NEOCEKIVANA SETIYJA)
Director:
Hong Kong 1998, Hong Kong Cinema

1997 Festival Trailer

What a year! The Film Festival has been dodging and darting a bit lately, making lots of changes to our format and in the ways we get the word out to you. To the thousands of people who annually attend the Festival, we’d like to say thanks for your support, aloha and following our progress with your characteristic alacrity. The changes that we’re talking about – a new look and distribution for the Festival Program Guide, the loss of the Varsity Theatre, charging at some venues – were sometimes made reluctantly, sometimes with excitement and trepidation. But ultimately we felt strongly that these changes were necessary in stabilizing and strengthening the organization as we face the future.

That being said, we are more excited than ever about the future of the Hawaii International Film Festival, both in the event itself (a regular fixture in many “top 10″ lists of film festivals worldwide) and in our year-long efforts to serve Hawaii’s film fans.

Our commitment to being the most complete showcase of films from throughout the Pacific Rim remains steadfast. Thanks to some substantial accomplishments in our 17-year history, we have gained a solid reputation in the international film community. We are very proud of this, and look forward with confidence to the next 17 years.

We are also proud of Hawaii’s deep love and appreciation of film and its ability to promote cultural understanding among all people. HIFF’s purpose is quite simple: to gather great films made outside of the Hollywood mainstream and present them to an audience eager for another point of view. We’re not trying to be arty or exclusive, we just believe that entertainment and enlightenment don’t necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. We also have an insatiable desire for more films from everywhere about all kinds of things! We are trying harder than ever to nurture and nourish the growing audience for independent cinema in Hawaii, which all too often feels underserved by the mainstream choices available.

By getting out and supporting the Film Festival, as well as the other excellent film programs and festivals in Hawaii, our ranks will grow and so will our choices. The Hawaii International Film Festival has made an investment in that belief.

We do hope you enjoy the films in this year’s Festival – they are for everyone. If you’re a Festival regular, bring a friend who’s never been. If you see a film in the program guide about a subject that you know a friend would appreciate, call them up and tell them about it – we are as much about life as we are about film. If you’ve heard about us before but have been too busy or didn’t want to tackle long lines, buy a ticket, avoid the lines and give us a try, or check out the extraordinary films and videos playing at our free venues. Check out the free seminars and special events in STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! and hone your critical faculties.

Exercise your curiosity. Expand your horizons. Exploit us shamelessly. Vote for your favorites. Take advantage of one of the best film festivals in the world, then come back next year and do it again!

Christian Gaines,
Festival Director