HIFF 2006: Celebrating Film in Hawai’i

26th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival

October 19-29, 2006

Award Winners

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative
LOVE FOR SHARE
Director: Nia Dinata

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary
TIME AND TIDE
Directors: Julie Bayer, Josh Salzman

Maverick Award
KEVIN SMITH

Achievement in Acting
KEN WATANABE

NETPAC Award
4:30
Director: Royston Tan

Hawaii Film & Videomaker Award
NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA
Director: Lisette Marie Flanary

City and County of Honolulu Vision in Film Award
THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

Film in Hawai’i Award
JACK BENDER, LOST

Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography
MATTHEW LIBATIQUE

Cause and F(X) Dream Digital Award
SUNDAY WIND
Director: Michael Wurth

Honolulu Magazine Award for Best Short Film
MAJIDEE
Director: Azharr Rudin

Audience Award for Best Feature
THE HOST
Director: Joon-ho Bong

Audience Award for Best Documentary
NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA
Director: Lisette Marie Flanary

Audience Award for Best Short
RUCKUS!
Director: Dean Ishida

2006 Program Book Cover

Opening Night

BABEL
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
USA / Mexico 2006

Centerpiece

THE HOST
Director: Joon-ho Bong
South Korea 2006

Closing Night

HULA GIRLS
Director: Sang-il Lee
Japan 2006

World Premieres

NA KAMALEI: MEN OF HULA
Director: Lisette Marie Flanary
USA 2006, Hawaii Panorama

STRANGE LAND: MY MOTHER’S WAR BRIDE STORY
Director: Stephanie Castillo
USA 2006, Filipino Focus

SURF STORIES: ONE WINTER DIARY
Directors: Sally Lundberg, Elizabeth Pepin
USA 2006, Adrenaline Cinema

SURF STORIES: TSUNAMI DIARIES
Directors: Kristian McCue, Timmy Turner
USA 2005, Adrenaline Cinema

International Premieres

ANG PAMANA: THE INHERITANCE
Director: Romeo Candido
Philippines / Canada 2006, Extreme Asia

CHECK IT OUT, YO!
Director: Reiko Miyamoto
Japan 2006, Eastern Showcase

CHEERFUL GANG TURNS THE EARTH
Director: Tetsu Maeda
Japan 2006, Eastern Showcase

DOG BITE DOG
Director: Cheang Soi
Hong Kong / Japan 2006, Extreme Asia

HAL AND BONS
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
Japan 2006, Eastern Showcase

LUMP OF SUGAR
Director: Hwan-gyeong Lee
South Korea 2006, Eastern Showcase

MARRYING THE MAFIA 3: REBIRTH OF THE FAMILY
Director: Yong-ki Jeong
South Korea 2006, Eastern Showcase

MEMORIES OF MATSUKO
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Japan 2005, Narrative Competition

METROSEXUAL
Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon
Thailand 2006, Comedy Focus

NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
Japan 2006, Extreme Asia

WINDS OF GOD KAMIKAZE
Director: Masayuki Imai
Japan 2005, Spotlight on Korea

YO YO GIRL COP
Director: Kenta Fukusaku
Japan 2006, Extreme Asia

2006 Festival Trailer

Aloha and welcome to the 26th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival. We’ve grown in every way imaginable in the last 26 years. There are hundreds of film festivals, but HIFF is recognized as one of the world’s leading film festivals, both through the quality of films it presents and the high accomplishments of the guests it brings to Hawaii.

Hawaii has no art house cinemas which feature foreign films on a daily basis. HIFF fills that gap and brings films to Hawaii that could not be seen here otherwise. No wonder so many film fans wait impatiently to see what HIFF has in store for them each year. The 2005 festival had over 70,000 attendees from the broadest possible groups of people. It is fascinating to look into the audience at festival screenings to see the extraordinary mix of people eagerly awaiting the start of a film and to hear the after-film discussions in the theater lobby between people who would not necessarily have anything in common outside of the movie theater. Artistic and cultural organizations depend upon such support from a wide variety of people.

Chuck Boller
Executive Director