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Horror Films at HIFF32

With Halloween right around the corner, these films are screening just in time to get your heart racing, mess with your mind, and even make you laugh. You might have caught or missed a few of them this past weekend: DEAD SUSHI, I AM A GHOST, LET ME OUT, and MODERN FAMILY. But fear not, there are more blood, zombies, and chilling stories to come this week! …or maybe you should be scared.

The following films are listed bloodiest to funniest:

ABCS OF DEATH | Thurs, Oct 18 @ 9:15pm: When…

Photos from Japan Reception with Kōji Yakusho

Last Sunday, HIFF held a reception at the Halekulani Garden Terrace to welcome “Japan’s Leading Man”, Kōji Yakusho, to Hawaii. You may recognize him from films such as TAMPOPO (1985), SHALL WE DANCE (1996), and more recently, 13 ASSASSINS (2010) & CHRONICLE OF MY MOTHER (2011). Many of his films have played at HIFF over the years, and we’re proud to present the Hawaii premiere of THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN.

Photos by Ra…

Photos from HIFF’s China Night Gala

Last Saturday night, many prominent members of Hawaii’s community gathered at Halekulani for a gala to honor Yue-Sai Kan with a lifetime achievement award. Yue-Sai Kan is a Chinese American Emmy-winning television host and producer, successful entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian.

During the gala there was a beautiful fashion show organized by Neiman Marcus, with a team of lovely models led by Miss Universe China, Diana Xu.

Photos by Ra…

Photos from the Opening Night Reception

HIFF held its 2012 opening reception last Thursday night at Halekulani’s breezy Hau Terrace. Here are some photos from the event. Some of our guests included Mayor Peter Carlisle, Yue-Sai Kan, Miss Universe China Diana Xu, along with filmmakers, HIFF sponsors and our Board of Directors. Attendees rode over to the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX Theaters afterward to watch the opening night film, THE SAPPHIRES.

Photos by Ra…

Anna’s Must-See Japanese Films at HIFF 2012!

Love Japanese movies as much as I do? Overwhelmed with the 20 amazing Japanese film selections at this year’s festival? Don’t stress! If you don’t have time to see them all, check out my list of must-see gems and personal favorites!

You may have noticed that 7 of the 20 Japanese films this year are animated. Just to make things easier I will address these in a later blog post. For now, here are my top three from the narrative features, including the basics for each film, and why they…

HIFF 2012 – Something For Everyone

HIFF is right around the corner! We are presenting 222 films from 43 countries. With a mix of premieres, festival favorites, return engagements of classic films, cautionary tales about the world around us, midnight madness, and a selection of Oscar baiting films this coming winter, there’s definitely a film for everyone.

So, here’s a list of titles that hit that can be considered the ideal film festival viewing list, if you’re still having trouble deciding on what films to see:


Sneak Peek for HIFF Members Sept 27

Are you already a HIFF Ohana member, or are you thinking about joining? Here’s another benefit for members:

THERMAE ROMAE will be screening on Thu, Sept. 27 at 6:30PM at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX theaters. Existing or new HIFF members can get (2) free admissions to this film screening. Additionally, general admission tickets for regular festival screenings will be on sale that evening, in advance of the stated Sept. 28 on sale date.
See film details and a trailer for THERMAE…

Film Program and Schedule Released!

As this year’s festival approaches, we’re pleased to present the full film program and schedule of the 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival. We have some really high profile films this year such as our opening night film from Australia, THE SAPPHIRES, our centerpiece presentation from the United States, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, and our closing night film from South Korea, THE THIEVES.

Also featured is our partnership with EuroCinema Hawaii, a festival within a festival. These ten films…

HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI opens this Friday at Pearlridge 16

We just received word that Japanese director Takashi Miike’s new film HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI is opening this Friday at the Consolidated Pearlridge 16 theater in Aiea. For more information and to view the film trailer, go to the official film site.


Film Synopsis:
Revenge, honor and disgrace collide when a samurai’s request to commit ritual suicide leads to a tense showdown with his feudal lord.

From visionary auteur Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS) comes the story of a…

What happened to I Heart HIFF? It was replaced by THE IMPOSTER!

Here are the details for the “I Heart HIFF” screening this Thursday, August 16 at 7pm. This screening is free for current HIFF members, and anyone can attend if they purchase a HIFF membership. There will be a 15% discount on HIFF memberships at the event.

UK, 95 min | Director: Bart Layton
Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival / SXSW

Film Synopsis:
In 1994, a 13-year old boy disappeared without a trace from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half…

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