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Japanese country singer TOMI FUJIYAMA set to perform at Nov 16 screening of MADE IN JAPAN

HIFF35 is honored to bring in Japanese country singer TOMI FUJIYAMA, who at 75 years young, re-ignites her career in the music doc MADE IN JAPAN. Tomi is the only Asian singer to ever perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry and that was back in 1964! She returns to the States to re-live her youth and perform once again on stages and at bars across the US with the goal to return to this hallowed stage. TOMI will be in attendance for the Nov 16 screening and will also perform a song or two! This is a…

Korean Made, Internationally Loved. Check Out HIFF35’s Spotlight on Korea

In the last year alone, dozens of debut and sophomore Korean filmmakers have emerged, breaking box office records all over Korea. THE THRONE alone has been a mega box office success, raking in over 43 million dollars and counting. These films have toured the world’s most prestigious festivals, from Busan to Cannes and everywhere in between. Now, HIFF is honored to bring a handpicked selection of explosive, crowd pleasing, and touching stories to our audiences.

Headlining the program is…

They’re here. They’re queer. Get your tickets!

It’s true, HIFF offers no section devoted to LGBTQ cinema, and that is just fine, we have Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival doing a smash-em up job of it already. But HRFF was months ago, and if you are anything like me you just might be in need of a dose of cinema that touches you in places mainstream films wouldn’t dare. As luck would have it, HIFF35 has an exciting and varied offering for you. Follow me, family, I’ve got your good times right here.

 

MARGARITA WITH A…

Taj Mahal and the New Hula Blues Band to perform at US premiere of AMERICAN EPIC on November 12 at Ward Village

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani has just confirmed legendary American blues musician Taj Mahal  and the New Hula Blues Band to perform at the US premiere screening of AMERICAN EPIC, the Festival’s co-opening night film, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Courtyard Cinema Ward Village (located at the IBM Building). 

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks (born May 17, 1942), who uses the stage name Taj Mahal, is an American blues musician. He often incorporates…

Sake Tasting Event at The Pig & the Lady after 11/16 screening of KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is honored to collaborate with The Pig & the Lady to host an exclusive sake tasting event after the November 16 screening of KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE.

After the screening, we invite audiences and sake lovers to The Pig & the Lady for a post-film sake event, serving the following sakes featured in the film with an accompanying dish created by Chef Andrew Le for each sake offered:

Okunomatsu Sakura daiginjo…

Check out HIFF35’s new Awards Buzz section, a predictor of films that may win accolades this awards season

This year HIFF will be presenting six films that are sparking Oscar interests in our new section AWARDS BUZZ. Already winning Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s breathtakingly beautiful THE ASSASSIN is one of the strongest contenders this year for Best Foreign Film.

Included in the line-up is Academy Award Winner Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA, a beautiful stop motion film that deals a unique and insightful look into love. Coming from another Award Winner is…

HIFF35’s Southeast Asian Showcase includes Vietnam’s biggest box office hit of all time and Thailand’s official Oscar Foreign Language Film entry

HIFF is proud to present three standout films from Southeast Asia. Heading the program is HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME). Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, Josh Kim’s first feature length film weaves together an unforgettable coming of age story about an 11 year-old trying to get his elder brother out of military draft. In addition, this film is the first completed production that went through Creative Lab at HIFF, and was a workshopped screenplay as part of t…

HIFF35’s Spotlight on China features the best in Mainland China and Hong Kong cinema

This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA presented by the Hawaii National Bank brings together a diverse cross section of films from China and Hong Kong. Included in the section is MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, directed by the legendary Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke. Known for his honest, sometimes harsh, portrayals of contemporary Chinese society, his latest follows similar themes through an epic and touching story of a family, spanning over three decades.

Also featured in the section, is the action…

Food and Sustainability at HIFF35

HIFF’s program seems to be bubbling over with documentaries this year. Each one brings a fresh and unique story to our horizon, and a fascinating look on storytelling. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite, and tastiest, highlights that will surely be loved by all. From our screening of KAMPAI: FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE and the sake tasting to follow, to the Masumoto farm in CHANGING SEASON ON MASUMOTO FARM, these films touch on virtues and themes such as family, cultural identity, and of…

Japanese Films at HIFF 2015: Associate Director Anna Page’s Top Picks

No HIFF would be complete without an incredible lineup of the latest and greatest Japanese films. At the 35th Hawaii International Film Festival, HIFF doesn’t dissapoint, presenting 16 Japanese films, spanning a wide range of genres and themes, from coming of age dramas, to World War II suspense thrillers, anime, and supernatural romance. There is truly something for everyone in this years’ Japan selection. With so many to choose from where do you begin? Read on for a breakdown of some of t…

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