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Mutant Girls Without Men–Oh yah, and a Gala!

Oh MANNN!  Last night I popped by the festival to do a double-header of WOMEN WITHOUT MEN and MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD–BEST. MOVIE. NIGHT. EVER.

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN had the most gorgeous cinematography I’ve seen in a while, complete with a great story and a few laughs.  I’m so glad I caught the second showing.  Speaking of which, have you checked out the list of second showings we’ve recently added to this year’s line-up?  Don’t sleep–we’ve added second showings for a reason!  You won’t regret it. 

Anywho, MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD was MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD, if you know what I mean (basically INCREDIBLE).  There are so many disgusting-meets-hilarious moments that left the movie feeling like a roller coaster nose-diving into a giant ocean of blood (in a good way!).   Never a dull moment, prepare to get your face kitsch-ed off.  Two words: Chainsaw butt. 

Don’t miss the second showing of MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD this Saturday at 10:15 PM if you missed it last night (or see it again like I’m definitely going to).


Also, the EuroCinema Gala is this evening 7 PM – 10 PM at the Moana Surf Rider in Waikiki.  What does one wear to a Gala? I can’t decide if I want to wear my long black veil or my monster claw / school girl outfit combo–someone help a sister out!

Best of the Fest! New Screenings Announced

We save a few time slots in the last couple of days of HIFF for new screenings of award winning and popular films. Here’s a list of the new screenings we just added. Get your tickets before they sell out!

Friday, October 22

Saturday, October 23
10:30am — LEONIE

Sunday, October 24
9:30am — KISS ME AGAIN (HIFF 30 Button Screening)
8:00pm — MIDNIGHT FM (Actress Soo Ae will be in attendance)

HIFF 30 Award Winners Announced!

The Awards Show for the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival was held yesterday, and the winners are listed below. Thank you to Tiffany & Co. for providing us with the beautiful awards.

  • The Vision in Film Award, presented by City & County of Honolulu, was given to Roger & Chaz Ebert.
  • The Maverick Award, presented by Dr. Lawrence KW Tseu, was given to Nancy Kwan.
  • The Award for Career Achievement was given to co-directors Qiankuan Li & Guiyun Xiao.
  • The Outstanding Industry Leadership Award was given to Ren Zhonglun.
  • The Local Short Film Award was presented to two films, MALAGA & THE GREEN TIE AFFAIR.
  • The NETPAC Award was given to MONGA (Taiwan), directed by Doze Chen-Zer Niu.
  • The Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary was given to I WISH I KNEW (China), directed by Zhang-ke Jia.
  • The Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature was given to SON OF BABYLON (Iraq), directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji.

The Audience Choice Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary and Best Short Film will be announced on October 25th, the day after the film festival ends.


HIFF is known for carving out a Pineapple Rim-niche as the world’s premier Asian-Pacific film festival, which is why we’re especially excited for this festival-within-a-festival. So say, Ciao! Salut! Guten Tag! Privet! Hej! Hei! or just plain ol’ Hi! to EUROCINEMA HAWAII officially kicking off tonight with screenings of THE LEOPARD at Doris Duke Theatre and HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER at Dole Cannery.

I myself am especially excited for visionary director Abbas Kiarostami’s CERTIFIED COPY and the polarizing terrorism-comedy FOUR LIONS from the controversially astute Chris Morris.

CERTIFIED COPY directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Read more for FOUR LIONS trailer and the whole series’ timetable…

Photos – HIFF 30 Day 2-4

Here are some more photos from the festival, including appearances by Roger & Chaz Ebert, Nancy Kwan, and Ryan Kwanten. These first three photos are by Rae Huo & Zakka. See more photos in the full article.

Chaz Ebert and Roger Ebert give “Two Thumbs Up” to Nancy Kwan


[img_assist|nid=499|title=It’s official|desc=’x’ is the new ‘+’ is the old ‘&’|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=150]The LIVE MUSIC SHOWCASE last Saturday night was a huge success this HIFF2010! Sign of the Horns to Chris Kahunahana at Nextdoor for providing the venue (mos def the best arena for live music in Chinatown).

For those who missed it, HIFF spotlighted Hawaii’s local indie band scene — notably, Clones of the Queen, Stephen Augustin, Shopping List, and Kings of Spade — as part of our inaugural SOUND X VISION series. Best part is… it ain’t over yet! We still got screenings of DOGS IN SPACE, SOUND OF NOISE, THIS MOVIE IS BROKEN, and WE’RE LIVIN’ ON DOG FOOD.


A special thanks to everyone who showed up (and wore these t-shirts!)

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* click each t-shirt *

Kamehameha Singers at the premiere of ONE VOICE

Here’s about 100 singers from Kamehameha performing before the premiere of ONE VOICE on Friday, October 15th. The next screening of this film is on Wednesday, October 20th, 5:00 PM at Dole Cannery, and there will be a free screening Saturday, October 23rd around 7:00 PM at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki.


Hey’yo, it’s me, reporting from THE HIFF LOUNGE. Tucked away on the second floor of Dole Cannery, just an escalator ride up, there’s an oasis brought to you by our friends at concept furniture boutique fishcake.

Bigger and better than before, it’s basically, the perfect arena to do what I’m doing now: eat something/anything/everything, have a post-screening discussion with friends on the merits of mumblecore, log onto some free wi-fi brought you by Verizon, while waiting to see BLANK CITY for the second time (or whatever else NOT cool people do before noon).












If there’s one thing I learned from the documentary Helvetica or this year’s ART + DESIGN series, it’s that I’m not alone in judging businesses based on their font selection. I don’t see any Papyrus within a half-mile radius of this joint, so HIFF and fishcake are guilty of nothing here.

Read more…

Photos – HIFF 30 Day 1

Here are some photos from the first day of HIFF. Photos by Rae Huo & Zakka Photography.

Xiao Dou & Dongyu Zhou give us a shaka

New Korean Film MIDNIGHT FM and two HIFF 30 Button Screenings Added!

We’ve just added three film screenings. Two are free screenings if you have a HIFF 30 button, and the last is a Korean thriller. You can obtain a HIFF 30 button at any screening or the box office with a donation of $10 or more.

MIDNIGHT FM (South Korea)
Sunday, October 24 | 8:00 PM | Regal Dole Cannery

[img_assist|nid=479|title=|desc=|link=url|url=|align=right|width=301|height=172]Sun-young is a popular radio DJ with a big fan base for a cinema music midnight program that is aired live. She is a perfectionist who has built a successful career for the past 7 years, but when her daughter is in need of an operation overseas, she decides to quit. She prepares for her final show from song selections and comments down to the smallest details. During the show, she receives a call from a listener named Dong-soo. He tells her that she must follow his orders while she hosts her live radio show, or her family’s lives are at stake, and threatens that she can’t tell anyone. Without knowing what he wants and why this is happening to her, she continues her 2 hour radio program to save her family as they get killed one by one.


HIFF 30 Button Screenings

OLD DAMIEN ROAD (Germany, Hawaii)
Tuesday, October 19 | 4:45 PM | Regal Dole Cannery

HIFF is honored to celebrate its 30th anniversary with this return engagement screening of one of the Festival’s most beloved supporters, German journalist, academic and filmmaker Christa Maerker and in honor of the late Bernard Punikaia. The film originally played at HIFF in 1993.

Ms Maerker talks to the inhabitants of the Kalaupapa settlement and listens to their stories. The most impressive moments are all meetings with Bernard Punikaia, the lead through her film, who has been sick since he was 5 years old and has endured his fate with remarkable courage. He always helped his fellow patients and was rightly compared to Father Damien.


Sunday, October 24 | 9:30 AM | Regal Dole Cannery

The original cast of Gabriele Muccino’s THE LAST KISS are reunited after 10 years. Carlo and his friends, now married (or separated) with kids and mortgages to cover, strengthen their bonds, discover new relationships, and rekindle old passions in their search for enduring love. A life-affirming homage to romance.

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