HIFF 2005: Celebrating 25 Years

25th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

October 20-30, 2005

Award Winners

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Narrative
CAVITE
Directors: Ian Gamazon, Neill Dela Llana

First Hawaiian Bank Golden Maile Award for Best Documentary
SISTERS IN LAW
Directors: Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi

Maverick Award
SONNY CHIBA

Achievement in Acting
SAMUEL L. JACKSON

Lifetime Achievement Award
ZHANG YIMOU

Outstanding Studio Award
TOEI COMPANY

NETPAC Award
SEASON OF THE HORSE
Director: Ning Cai

Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award
FISHBOWL
Director: Kayo Hatta
Honorable Mention
WAHINE O KE KAI
Director: Vince Keala Lucero

Film in Hawai’i Award
KAYO HATTA

Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography
RUSSELL BOYD

Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking
THE SHANGHAI FILM GROUP

Cause and F(X) Dream Digital Award
LATE BLOOMER
Director: Go Shibata

Honolulu Magazine Award for Best Short Film
CRICKETS & VALTOR THE GREAT VS. THE UNIVERSE
Directors: Rafael Del Toro, Gerard Elmore

Audience Award for Best Feature
AMERICAN FUSION
Director: Frank Lin

Audience Award for Best Documentary
KEEPERS OF THE FLAME
Director: Eddie Kamae

Audience Award for Best Short
SAND ISLAND DRIVE INN ANTHEM
Director: Ryan Kawamoto

2005 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

SAD MOVIE
Director: Jong-kwan Kwon
South Korea 2005

Centerpiece

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Director: Ang Lee
USA 2005

Closing Night

RIVER QUEEN
Director: Vincent Ward
New Zealand / UK 2005

World Premieres

AMERICAN FUSION
Director: Frank Lin
USA 2005, US Independent Films

EXECUTIVE KOALA (KOALA KACHO)
Director: Minoru Kawasaki
Japan 2005, Extreme Asia

FUNKY FOREST (NAISU NO MORI: FIRST CONTACT)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Japan 2005, Eastern Showcase

LEGEND OF THE LIGHT AND SHADOW
Director: Feng Manli Zhang Ju
China 2005, Eastern Showcase: China

ONE
Director: Ward Powers
USA/Thailand 2005, US Independent Films

ROUNDING FIRST
Director: Jim Fleigner
USA 2005, Hawaii Theatre Galas

International Premieres

THE NEW OCEANIA
Director: Shirley Horrocks
New Zealand/Samoa 2005, Western Showcase

North American Premieres

THE DICTATOR’S CUT
Directors: Jouni Hokkanen, Simojukka Ruippo
Finland/N. Korea 2005, Eastern Showcase

A DIFFERENT ROMANCE (GWANG-SHIK-I DONGSAENG GWANG-TAE)
Director: Hyun-Seok Kim
South Korea 2005, Eastern Showcase: Korea

HINOKIO
Director: Takahiko Akiyama
Japan 2005, Eastern Showcase

SEASON OF THE HORSE
Director: Ning Cai
China 2005, Narrative Competition

2005 Festival Trailer

Aloha, It’s our 25th Anniversary and a time to celebrate. We have assembled extraordinary films, special seminars, exciting events, and stimulating people to make this year’s festival the best ever. We invite you to join in the festivities!

We enthusiastically welcome back Louis Vuitton as LVHIFF’s title sponsor and thank Louis Vuitton for its incredible and important support. All of our sponsors have helped ensure our success, as have our loyal HIFF Ohana members. We thank our enthusiastic audience members who have supported HIFF through our first quarter century.

Thank you all for making the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival the remarkable event which it has become.

Chuck Boller
Executive Director