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Taiwanese Cinema at HIFF 2016

Building on the success of HIFF’s Taiwanese program over the last several years, the Festival once again presents a selection of top Taiwanese films from 2015 and 2016. Presented with gracious support from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Taiwan Academy, and featuring a wide range of titles from fun late-night thrillers such as THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS, to slice-of-life drama such as AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI STORY… this year’s program is one of the best yet. This year’s Taiwan selection is…

HIFF 2016 presents SOUND x VISION: Films about the love of music

This year’s Sound X Vision showcase is sure to have something for everyone. HIFF 2016 has 4 documentaries about the craft, joy and love of music set in Hollywood, Japan, the Louisiana bayou, and beyond. There is also the unique THE BLUE HEARTS from Japan, a collection of six short films each based on a different song from seminal Japanese punk band, The Blue Hearts. It is impossible to imagine movies without the emotional grounding of music and SCORE is a must-see behind-the-scenes look…

Bollywood & Beyond: Indian Cinema@HIFF 2016

No Hawaii International Film Festival would be complete without a selection of the year’s best Indian films. With four top Indian titles in our SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA program, one featured in FANTASTIC ASIA, and one in our ASIAN CINERAMA sidebar, HIFF has one of our most diverse Indian film programs in years. There’s something for every film fan in this year’s program including blockbuster bollywood action, a gritty murder thriller, and even an Indian-American romantic comedy. Read on to get t…

Newly added films to HIFF 2016 film lineup

Even though when we finalize our film program and go to print, we still have last minute opportunities to book the latest and buzz-worthy films after the print deadline. They consist of heavy-hitting and awards vying films that we want to present to our Hawaii audiences before general audiences and in advance of their winter theatrical releases.

Therefore, here are two newly added films to the HIFF 2016 lineup (with more to come soon):


Director: Feng…

HIFF 2016 presents a stellar roster of films made in Hawaii

A scene from the Hawaiian film HO’OMAU playing in Made in Hawaii Shorts. 
Through our MADE IN HAWAII, SURF CINEMA and PACIFIC SHOWCASE sections at the 36th annual Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani, we have a deep roster of films made right here in our backyard with a myriad of themes and subject matter that resonate with our local communities. These films represent the many characteristics of what makes Hawaii a truly diverse, multi-ethnic and global destination. Wit…

New at HIFF 2016: It’s FANTASTIC ASIA!

New this year, the Hawaii International Film Festival proudly presents FANTASTIC ASIA! What is FANTASTIC ASIA you may ask? Well fans of HIFF EXTREME rejoice, FANTASTIC ASIA is a re-branded, and expanded version of our beloved midnight movies program. In the film festival world, a ‘Fantastic Festival’ is a film festival that presents the best in genre cinema: thriller, horror, action, adventure, sci-fi, comedy, and all things wild and wonderful. HIFF presents our spin on the ‘fantastic festival’…

Get swept away with Surf Cinema at HIFF 2016

True to its Hawaii roots, there are some fantastic surf documentaries playing at HIFF this year. Stunning visuals is a given with surf cinema (you’ll see why this is a pun if you keep reading!) but these films deliver story-wise, too. Get to know a forgotten North Shore icon; go inside the women’s surf movement at Ocean Beach; and travel far and wide across the globe. The Gaza Strip isn’t exactly known for its hang-loose attitude but the story told in GAZA SURF CLUB is sure to leave a lasting…

October’s Courtyard Cinema Film is THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY screening on October 13 at Ward Village

This October’s COURTYARD CINEMA at Ward Village, come and see THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (a return engagement, which we screened at HIFF Spring Showcase to two sold out screenings) starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons!
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Director: Matt Brown | United Kingdom | 114M

Featuring terrific performances by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE star Dev Patel and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY tells the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian…

HIFF 2016 Members Sneak Peek: Watch the latest thriller from director Park Chan-wook, THE HANDMAIDEN on October 12

We kick off the HIFF fall season with this year’s official HIFF MEMBERS SNEAK PEEK with the advance screening of THE HANDMAIDEN directed by Park Chan-wook!

Original title: 아가씨
director: Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2016, 166 min)
“SEXY AND TWISTY AND SO COMPELLING.” – Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed

“THE BEST FILM AT CANNES THIS YEAR. Deliriously twisty.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice


APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD: Keiki Courtyard Cinema at Ward Village, Thursday, September 8

 This September is KEIKI COURTYARD CINEMA at Ward Village! Bring the whole family to see the epic steampunk sci-fi adventure APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
English Dubbed Version | 105M
“Thrilling! A film with instant-classic appeal!” — Variety
“Wonderful! An exciting roller coaster ride!” i09
“A clever dystopian adventure!” — The Hollywood Reporter
“Exciting!” — Huffington Post

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