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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…

HIFF35 on the Big Island, Kauai and Lana’i — Check out the full schedule!

HIFF is heading back to the neighbor islands! The Festival will have screenings on Lanai (November 14 and 15), the Big Island (November 19 – 22) and Kauai (November 20 – 22). “We are very committed to finding ways to screen our films on as many Hawaiian islands as possible,” says Robert Lambeth, HIFF’s executive director. “We have had many successes presenting films on Hawaii Island, Kauai, and Lanai and we hope to add more islands next year, with talks of returning to Molokai in…

Spotlight on the Philippines brings a broad spectrum of Pinoy commercial and arthouse cinema

This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON THE PHILIPPINES brings 3 films that showcase two major hitters in the Philippine box office and 1 crime drama that premiered at the Toronto and Busan Film Festival last month and from one of the most celebrated Pinoy directors working today. In addition to these 3 films, we also have a psychological and spiritual horror film that is included in our HIFF EXTREME section, presenting midnight movies from all over the world, as well as one of the most celebrated films…

Spotlight on Taiwan features award winners from Cannes, Berlin & Busan Film Festivals

This year’s Spotlight on Taiwan, generously supported by Taiwan Academy and the Ministry of Culture, is perhaps our best yet. The flagship film this year is Taiwan’s official entry to the Oscars foreign category, THE ASSASSIN, directed by one of Taiwan’s greatest living directors, Hou Hsiao-Hsien. This sumptuous, poetic and lyrical story based on a famous Chinese legend, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and scored the Hou a Best Director prize. HIFF is honored to screen this film…

HIFF Slasher Sale this Halloween weekend only — Buy 1 ticket, get the next one 1/2 off!

To celebrate Halloween and also signify that it’s going to be 2 weeks before the start of HIFF35, we are having a Halloween Slasher Sale! By using the promo code EXTREME, if you purchase 1 ticket, your next one will be 1/2 off. It must be in one transaction and can be done online (type in the promo code when you check out) or in-person at the HIFF Box-Office.

The HIFF Box-Office will be open from 2pm – 6pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday. However, the sale will be activated onlin…

Documentaries at HIFF 2015: Associate Director Anna Page’s Doc Picks

Documentaries truly shine at the 35th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival. With one of the biggest and best documentary programs ever presented at the Festival, HIFF 2015 is showcasing a whopping 38 documentaries!! Including 12 docs featured in the DOCUMENTARIES program, and docs peppered throughout the program in sections including SOUND X VISION, EAT. DRINK. FILM, and FILM FOR THOUGHT among others. Which so much to choose from there is something for every documentary fan. But where do…

Spotlight on India showcases the diversity in high entertainment to exploring India’s social issues

This year’s SPOTLIGHT ON INDIA presented by the J. Watumull Fund is a broad cross-section on the best in Indian and diaspora cinema. Included in the section are the two biggest blockbusters of the year, the Bollywood hit film BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN starring Salman Khan; the Tollywood historic action epic BAAHUBALI-THE BEGINNING (think the spectacle of SPARTACUS and LORD OF THE RINGS), as well as the award winning courtroom drama COURT, which is also India’s official entry to the Oscars foreign…

Just Added Film: BROOKLYN starring Saorsie Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson

We previously blogged about the first round of JUST ADDED FILMS to the HIFF35 film program and we’ve just acquired one more title to this growing list. The film festival programmers are honored to book an advance sneak peek and Hawaii premiere of the immigrant drama BROOKLYN starring Saorsie Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Kim Broadbent, and Julie Walters and based on the screenplay by award winning writer Nick Hornby (HIGH FIDELITY).

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film…

Made in Hawaii Films shine this year at HIFF35

It’s been a stellar year for locally made films, which are highlighted in our MADE IN HAWAII section, as well as the PACIFIC SHOWCASE presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications. The films range from 3 narrative features, a look back at the elder statesmen who helped shape our 50th state, a timely doc that explores the housing and homelessness crises in Honolulu, and documentaries that look back in remembrance, while looking forward to the future to fulfill one’s destiny for t…

Sound X Vision: Celebrating Musical Innovators

What do Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, 1960’s Cambodian Rock’n’Roll, the music of the Hopi Nation, the Delta Blues, Cajun, Tejano, and Bayou Country music, as well as the world’s first Japanese Country music singer all have in common? If you guessed “syncopated rhythm,” you might be my new best friend but you’d be wrong. They have HIFF35 in common, of course.

HIFF is thrilled to present three films sure to get your toes a-tappin’ as they take you on three very different musical journeys to t…

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