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Photos from Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

HIFF was proud to present the Hawaii Premiere of JAKE SHIMABUKURO: LIFE ON FOUR STRINGS last Tuesday evening at the Hawaii Theatre Center. This documentary about Hawaii’s famous ukulele player was made possible by funding from the Center for Asian American Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaii. The Hawaii Theatre was packed with locals coming out to support Jake. After the film concluded, Jake talked for a little bit and played a couple of songs for the audience.

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Photos from the New American Filmmakers Reception

We held a reception at Halekulani last Monday evening to honor the six delegates in this year’s New American Filmmakers program. This is a section of films curated by HIFF and the Vilcek Foundation where at least one of the participants is an American immigrant. This year’s delegates are:

Nicholas Bruckman (Producer, VALLEY OF SAINTS)
Mridu Chandra (Director, INDIAN SUMMER)
Radium Cheung (Cinematographer, STARLET)
Ronen Landa (Composer, PARAISO)
Goh Nakamura (Actor/Musician,…

Photos from Amazon Gold / Himalaya Song

Here are some photos form the Amazon Gold / Himalaya Song event, which featured a live multimedia presentation by the artists Gingger Shankar, Mridu Chandra and Dave Liang.

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Award Winners for HIFF 2012

Last night at the Governor’s Reception, we announced the winners of the Halekulani Golden Orchid Awards, and the NETPAC Award. We have also added a few more screenings on the last day of the festival.
Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature
KEY OF LIFE (Japan)
Directed by: Kenji Uchida
Screenings:
Wed, Oct 17 at 5:00pm – Regal Dole
Fri, Oct 19 at 5:45pm – Regal Dole

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Documentary Feature
WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL (Indonesia, United…

Photos from Meet The Filmmakers at Rumfire

Last Sunday night, our press and filmmaker guests gathered at RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki to relax and network at the Meet the Filmmakers party. Many new professional relationships have formed from meeting others in a relaxed atmosphere such as this. The filmmaker delegates that are in town will be present after their film screenings for ~15 minute Q&A sessions. There’s nothing quite like talking to the actual filmmaker at a film festival; You certainly can’t have the same experience by…

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.

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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.

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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…

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