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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…

HIFF is looking for Interns & Seasonal Staff

Are you interested in helping to make the Hawaii International Film Festival even better this year? HIFF is now looking for interns and seasonal staff to work from August through the festival in October. See more information about these positions.

We’re also looking for housing for seasonal staff from Mid-August through the end of October. If you have any housing you can donate or that is available to rent, please contact Joshua Nye, HIFF Festival Manager. He can be reached at…

Join us for “I ♥ HIFF” on Thursday, August 16

HIFF members, come join us for a film screening at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theaters on August 16th at 7PM. This screening is free for current HIFF members, or anyone that purchases a membership at the event. Film title to be announced soon. We will also be showing 5-10 trailers for films playing at HIFF in October, so stay tuned!

If you wish to purchase or renew a HIFF membership for 2012 / 2013, there will be a special 15% discount for in person sales at this event. Read more about…

Call for Entries ends on July 13th. Submit your film today!

There’s less than a week left to submit your film for the upcoming Hawaii International Film Festival, which will be held October 11-21, 2012. The Withoutabox extended deadline is this Friday, July 13th. Please make sure your entries are postmarked by that date before sending them to HIFF.
Submit Your Film to HIFF Today
If you’re a student in high school or younger, you have more time, as the deadline for student film entries is August 17th. There are no submission fees for student films.

K-Drama Double Feature! ALWAYS & LOVE ON-AIR

HIFF just added a new screening of ALWAYS on Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00PM. You can get a $2 discount to this new show if you buy tickets to LOVE ON-AIR (also a Korean film) which is playing the same day at 3:30PM. The discount will also apply if you have already bought tickets for LOVE ON-AIR.

Also, don’t forget that we added another screening of martial arts film DRAGON on Tuesday, April 17th at 9:00PM. The first screening was sold…

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