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European films at the HIFF Spring Showcase

Jessica Brown Findlay in THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC
The HIFF Spring Showcase has 4 European productions and European themed films that showcase a breadth of subjects and stories — Ranging from the sweeping adventure of the British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett and his travails in the Amazon in THE LOST CITY OF Z, which closed the New York Film Festival; A woman who is considered one of America’s greatest writers, but was entirely ignored when she was alive in A QUIET PASSION; LAST MEN IN…

When Juzo Itami brought TAMPOPO to HIFF 1990

It is such a treat to present Juzo Itami’s classic ‘ramen western’ TAMPOPO back to the big screen. One of the most beloved Japanese films of all time, the late Itami’s unique and biting satirical perspectives on Japanese society. Although his unexpected apparent suicide in 1997 was shrouded in a media frenzy scandal, he left a body of work that showcased him as one of the most dynamic directors working in the latter half of the 20th Century.

Jeannette Paulson-Hereniko, t…

Pacific Islander Films at the HIFF Spring Showcase

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), in partnership with Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), presents Pacific Showcase at the 20th HIFF Spring Showcase! This partnership’s goal is to make HIFF the festival of record for new films from or about the First Peoples of the Pacific and we are screening 4 films as part of the Spring Showcase this year.

GARY OF THE PACIFIC

When struggling real-estate agent Gary Vasisi is called back to his homeland in the Pacific, he’s handed…

Korean films thrill at HIFF Spring Showcase

Korean films are back at the HIFF Spring Showcase! We are screening 4 new Korean titles including THE PRISON as our Opening Night Film, the U.S. premiere of the murder mystery BLUEBEARD, and the Korean American film GOOK, which won the NEXT Audience Award at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival and also falls on the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. These films will thrill you with action packed sequences, intense chase scenes and gravitas!

BLUEBEARD (해빙)

Seung-hoon…

Human adversity is common thread in Documentaries at HIFF Spring Showcase

We live in the Golden Age of Documentaries, where non-fiction narratives have become stranger and more incredible than fiction. This year’s HIFF Spring Showcase (March 31 – April 9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18) will screen 8 documentary programs that show the breadth of documentaries that spotlight stories from our backyard to far flung places around the world, shining a light on humanity. If there is one common thread with the docs this year, it’s the resiliency of thes…

TAMPOPO on the big screen plus new Japanese films at HIFF Spring Showcase

For the upcoming 20th HIFF Spring Showcase (March 31 – April 9 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18), we are presenting another solid and dynamic selection of films from Japan. As many of our HIFF audiences know, Japanese films are the most popular films at the Hawaii International Film Festival. These films are windows that peer into the uniqueness, as well as universality of stories that represent today’s ever-changing Japanese culture. We are also honored to bring back a foodie classic as…

Award winning doc ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL and Chinese films shine at HIFF Spring Showcase

Five films at this year’s HIFF Spring Showcase will definitely resonate with the Chinese American community of Hawaii. These films represent a cross-section of film festival lauded films including the documentary ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL about the resilience of a Chinese American owned family bank that faces off with the U.S. federal government; THE WASTE TIMES, a luscious and dream-like WWII set melodrama starring Zhang Ziyi; PLASTIC CHINA, a documentary about a family living in one of…

Nine Films ‘Straight from Sundance’ screening at HIFF Spring Showcase 2017

The HIFF Spring Showcase, now in its 20th year, was created to be a mini-festival in the spring to serve as a catch-all for any new films coming from major film festivals in the beginning of the year that may be too old by the time the main HIFF unspools in November. Hence, the Spring Showcase, over the years, has been a great way to premiere films that have just played at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, which happens every January. 

In 2017, HIFF is honored to present 9…

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA and TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON added to HIFF Spring Showcase Lineup

The 20th annual HIFF Spring Showcase film lineup just got a little bigger. The HIFF programmers have added two more films after the print deadline of the guide, with the intent to fill TBA slots in the film schedule that were reserved for these opportunities to book major films for the Spring Showcase. 
One is a major Indian film that is in the headlines in India because the national film censorship board will not issue the film a certificate to screen in India because of its…

2017 HIFF Spring Showcase Full Lineup Now Online / Tickets On Sale March 17!

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) returns with its Annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani, scheduled for March 31 – April 9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18.  2017 marks the 20th edition of the showcase. Audiences can expect to enjoy must-see narrative and documentary films from Hawaii and around the world.

The Spring Showcase will open with THE PRISON, an action thriller directed by Na Hye-on and starring Han Suk-Kyu (NO. 3;  SHIRI) and Kim…

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