The Hawaii International Film Festival SPRING Showcase is in full swing! We just made our full lineup announcement and you can peruse through the entire schedule online. But, the best way to get an insider’s look into this year’s 33 film lineup is to subscribe to the official HIFF blog. In the coming weeks, HIFF staff will blog about various perspectives on the different types of films that comprise this spring’s dynamic programming.
To start off with the HIFF Spring 2012 Blog thread, I’m going to highlight our “big films,” primarily our Opening and Closing Night films and other major highlights during the Spring Showcase.
First up, is Peter Chan’s soon-to-be martial arts classic DRAGON (WU XIA). Starring perennial martial arts star Donnie Yen and Asian heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro, this multi-layered take on the classic wu xia genre, is surprisingly more of a detective murder mystery, in the vein of Sherlock Holmes or even TV’s HOUSE. Kaneshiro plays an eclectic detective who is on the trail of a murderous vigilante and winds up in a quaint village, where he meets meek farmer, played by Yen, who has a young family with his virtuous and beautiful wife, played by LUST, CAUTION’S Tang Wei.
Yen, of course, hides a deep dark secret as his past catches up with him, in the form of a murderous criminal clan led by kung fu cinema legend Jimmy Wang Yu. HIFF is proud to present the US premiere of this newly re-edited version overseen by Peter Chan himself!