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I <3 Far East Film Festival (Udine, Italy)

I had the great pleasure to attend the Far East Film Festival, located in a small mountain town called Udine, which is about 90 minutes from Venice. Why have an Asian film festival in the middle of nowhere Italy? Well, why not? The inception of the festival began in 1999, when a retrospective of Hong Kong cinema was presented to local cineastes. It was wildly successful and from then on, the Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche, a presenting organization of film events around Udine, started the Far East Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, it is considered a true destination point for Asian film aficionados and has launched international spotlights on Asian auteurs like Johnnie To, Quark Henares and Feng Xiaogang, just to name a few.

Read more below (full size photos included).

Films Announced for Celebrate Culture + Arts @ Ko Olina Film Series

The films for May’s Celebrate Culture + Arts @ Ko Olina Film Series have been announced. This event takes place on the lawn at Ko Olina Resort’s Ulua Lagoon (#4) at sunset, rain or shine. Grease (Sing-a-long version) will be playing on Friday, May 13th and The Princess Bride will be playing on Saturday, May 14th. For more information on these films, please click the ‘read more’ link below.

See Two Feature Films For Free This Month On Drama Fever

Thanks to a partnership between Asian Cinevision and Drama Fever, you can see two feature length films for free in May to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. These films were featured at the 2010 Asian American International Film Festival (New York City) in 2010. Both of these films are for mature audiences, so viewer discretion is advised. Read more below to learn about these films.


LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN Opens in Honolulu on April 22nd at Consolidated Theatres Pearlridge 16. If you missed the Hawaii premiere of this film at HIFF last October, here’s another chance to see Donnie Yen & Shu Qi in action.

HIFF is giving away 4 pairs of tickets to see LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN, the contest starts today and winners will be announced next Monday 4/18 and Tuesday 4/19. The tickets will be good for any screening of LEGEND OF THE FIST as long as it isn’t sold out in pre-sale.

To enter, please follow @HIFF on Twitter and send us an @ message with your answers to the two trivia questions below. Example: @HIFF 1) Answer One 2) Answer Two To qualify to win, you must get both trivia questions correct. HIFF will contact the winners via a Twitter direct message and request their email addresses.

Contest Trivia Questions:

  • Which HK martial arts actor has either worked behind-the-scenes or acted in IP MAN, IP MAN 2 and THE LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN?
  • What other big name HK actor is playing IP MAN in a film directed by Wong Kar Wai?


Film Synopsis
Shanghai, 1925.  As the Japanese prepare to invade, the city has become a hotbed of spies, gangsters, foreigners, and military officials, all jockeying for control. Into this den of intrigue enters Chen Zhen (Donnie Yen, Ip Man 2). During the day, he’s known as “Qi”, and appears to be just another wealthy playboy.

But at night, he takes to the street as a masked warrior, determined to subvert the Japanese invasion and protect the citizens of Shanghai- all while becoming entangled with the sultry Kiki (Shu Qi, The Transporter), who has a dangerous secret of her own.  When his past catches up to him, Chen Zhen is faced with near impossible odds- but his kung-fu is formidable, and he’s up to the challenge.

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HIFF @ KO OLINA – April 22 + 23, 2011

Hawaii International Film Festival and Ko Olina Resort & Marina are launching a series of Art, Culture, Music and Film presentations with two outdoor movie screenings. Picnic baskets, blankets, low beach chairs or cushions are welcome. Proceeds from refreshment sales to benefit educational programs at Waianae High School. Complimentary parking available at Lagoon 4 and Ko Olina Marina beginning at 5 pm.

April 22 & 23, 2011
Ulua Lagoon – Grand Lawn (Lagoon 4) 
Ko Olina Resort & Marina
Kapolei, Hawai’i 96707

The featured films will be MAKE BELIEVE on Friday, April 22 and HACHI: A DOG’S TALE on Saturday, April 23. For more information on the films and to buy tickets, please visit our page for the HIFF at Ko Olina event.

Photos from Hawaii Premiere of SOUL SURFER

On Sunday night, HIFF was honored to have the Hawaii Premiere of SOUL SURFER at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX to a packed house! Bethany’s brother, Noah, was in attendance, as well as the film’s producer David Brookwell. In addition to those esteemed guests, Island Film Group’s Ric Galindez and Roy Tijoe were there with local actresses Sonya Balmores, Malia Johnson, Faith Fay, and Arleee Newman. SOUL SURFER opens in theaters on April 8.

Photos taken by Ross Lee

JUMP! At the Hawaii Theatre – April 5-17

HIFF Members get a $10 discount on tickets.

One Additional Screening of 13 ASSASSINS added!

We have just added one more screening of epic samurai film 13 ASSASSINS on Thursday, April 7th at 9:00PM. Tickets will soon be available online and at our box office.


It’s only fitting that HIFF would get a sponsor for a film that’s all about sponsorship. So a big thank you (see logo placement below) to Electric Pencil! Thank you so much for sponsoring the screening of POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD on Monday, April 4 at 6:30 PM. For tickets and more information on the film click here


Real Life Drama: Documentaries at Spring Showcase

Non-fiction fan? Like your drama real? Don’t worry HIFF Spring Showcase has got you covered! No matter what kind of documentary your into, this spring HIFF will satiate your appetite for all things non-fiction with four exciting and entertaining documentary films. In KABUKI-ZA: FINAL CURTAIN and MAKE BELIEVE, the viewer gets an unparalleled glimpse into the reality behind the illusion, entering the worlds of theater and magic. While in POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD and THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, the documentary form takes on the narrative feature, through a satirical analysis of product placement and an in depth look at film archival.

Click on the blog title above to find out more about these 4 fascinating films…

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