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Korean OFFICE Supplies Great Thrills


By Jordan Csigi (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

OFFICE is about a Korean salary man who is being hunted down by the police for supposedly murdering his family one night after a long day at work. This is Won-Chan Hong’s directorial debut, and for the first two acts I was on the edge of my seat. Korean filmmakers are infamous for their dark stories. For example: I Saw The Devil (2010), Mother (2009), The Chaser (2008, which Hong co-wrote), and finally Oldboy (2003). Office didn’t…

TRANSFATTY LIVES — Transcending Illness Through Filmmaking

By Silje Solland (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

An internet phenomenon, an artist, an unconventional young adult. This was Patrick Sean O’Brien. He made interesting videos and had fans all over the United States praising him for his various projects ranging from hilarious sketches to mixing music.

TRANSFATTY LIVES perfectly shows how a man can choose to live with the incurable disease of ALS. Directing his own story, he defies many of the compositions creating his own persona…

THE CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT — Music That Strikes a Chord in Your Heart

By Tricia Khun (Ebert Young Writers Participant)


Directed by Marc Eberle and produced by Richard Kuipers, THE CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT — NOT EASY ROCK’N’ROLL which was filmed over five years, is a beautiful documentary that follows the stories of Srey Thy, a Cambodian singer with high aspirations who comes from a poor background and Julien, a wandering Australian singer. The two, by coincidence, meet at a Phnom Penh karaoke bar and eventually form a rock band together…

MUSTANG Marks the Changes in Five Sisters

By Brennan Brown (Ebert Young Writers Participant)

Five sisters move around their second-story bedroom, two of them looking out the window. “They’ll kill us if they find out,” one says, poking her head outside to see beyond the dirt road. Her older sister looks out farther. “At least something will happen.” Lela (Günes Sensoy), the youngest of the five, wants to go to a soccer game. It’s the last game of the season which she tells her uncle Erol (Ayberk Pekcan) she’s been following in…

CONTAINMENT Asks Important Questions About Nuclear Energy


By Michael Andrews (Ebert Young Writer Participant)

CONTAINMENT is one of those films which raises more questions than answers and is satisfied to leave the audience in a state of uneasy ambivalence, but in the best way possible. The documentary takes an observational and educative tone in its presentation of the current and future concerns of how our nuclear waste is handled, while still presenting three distinct narratives: one related to the Fukushima plant in Japan, one about a…

Operation: Film Festival

By Alexandra Yam (Ebert Young Writer Participant)

Anderson Le is the programming director of the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). Now, he travels the world visiting other film festivals from every corner of the world in search for gems to showcase in Hawaii. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about his plans for HIFF this year and in the future.

Alexandra Yam: How long have you been working at HIFF?

Anderson Le: I started in 1999…

Halekulani Golden Orchid Jury Award Winners and Honorees announced at HIFF35 Awards Gala

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Hawaii International Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners
Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature: MADONNA, directed by Shin Su-won
Best Documentary Feature Winner: CROCODILE GENNADIY, directed by Steve Hoover
Best Narrative Short Winner: AHI KĀ directed by Richard Curtis
Ryoko Hirosue, Tadanobu Asano, and Ha Jung Woo honored at Hawaii International Film Festival Awards Gala

November 15, 2015…

CAMINO screening Monday night w/ action star & stunt professional ZOË BELL

CAMINO (Hawaii premiere) w/ action star Zoë Bell live appearance
DIRECTOR: Josh Waller

16-NOV 7:30PM DOL

Action heroine Zoë Bell will attend the HIFF screening of CAMINO (shot entirely on the island of Oahu), alongside the director of the film, Josh Waller. After the film presentation, both will be participating in an extended after-film discussion, as well as an in-depth talk about Bell’s burgeoning career as a stunt woman and actress. B…

HIFF Discount Sundays! Get discounts to the following films playing on Sunday

We are doing a last minute fire sale for this Sunday’s screenings. We are offering a discount to the following screenings. We’re reducing tickets to $10 (regular price is $14). We highly recommend the following films, especially since many of them have directors in attendance with some themes we’ve jotted down that may be of interest to people:

11:30AM PEOPLE ARE THE SKY (NAF Section, Return to North Korea, Director in attendance)
12:00PM COURT (Spotlight on India, India’s…

HIFF35’s Official Date Night Guide

HIFF35 opens tonight!

Our opening night events, AMERICAN EPIC and THE THRONE, are epics sure to floor audiences. As you delve into our full program though, it can be intimidating to find the perfect film to watch with your special someone. You walk a thin tightrope when picking a date night movie. You want something romantic, but not so romantic that those fictional characters set unrealistic couple standards. You want funny, but not extreme gross funny. Scary, but something that won’t…

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