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Southeast Asian cinema at HIFF 2016

In celebration of Hawaii’s diversity of cultures and the emphasis in creating more diversity through stories, this year’s HIFF 2016 lineup of Southeast Asian films include films from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Laos. Southeast Asian voices and stories are not often seen in American cinema, but this year’s festival is bringing these unique stories to the screen. From the nostalgic memories of having a first love to a man who loses his identity along with his memory and fights his way back,…

HIFF 2016 Tribute to King Hu, the master of wuxia films

Universally recognized as one of the most influential and important Chinese directors in the history of cinema, King Hu (1932-97) came to fame making wuxia movies – the swordplay subgenre of martial arts cinema. His pioneering masterpiece COME DRINK WITH ME marked the birth of modern martial arts cinema. DRAGON INN is a genre classic and A TOUCH OF ZEN is the ultimate wuxia epic that immortalized him in cinema history. Many of King Hu’s iconographic visuals have become essentia…

HIFF 2016 — What’s playing on Opening Night!

THE LAST PRINCESS officially kicks off HIFF 2016 with director Hur Jin-ho in attendance! This elegant, true story about the last princess of Korea has wowed audiences and grossed high box office in South Korea and we are honored to present the Festival premiere of this amazing historical drama, which will definitely appeal to HIFF audiences.

In addition to this film, Opening Night will also present other films at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. These additional films will appeal to…

European cinema gets serious at HIFF 2016

Realism has always been at the center of European cinema and as Europe moves through some of the biggest challenges seen in half a century, their films reflect the times. This year, filmmakers confront some of the most devastating social issues facing the continent right now: the refugee crisis along the Mediterranean coast, and the future of the European welfare system. Elegant and nonpartisan, FIRE AT SEA simply records life on a Sicilian island as human beings wash up on shore every day.

Programmer’s Picks: Japanese Hits at HIFF 2016

It wouldn’t be the Hawaii International Film Festival without a massive number of the latest and greatest Japanese films, and in 2016 we’ve got some of the biggest hits of the year. Featuring a whopping 22 Japanese films across program such as Spotlight in Japan, Fantastic Asia, and Eat. Drink. Film., there is truly something for everyone. This year’s program includes a wide range of titles, from big hits such as YOUR NAME. and AFTER THE STORM, to unique independent titles such as THE BOOK…

Find your story: Documentaries at HIFF 2016

There are plenty of stories and topics to research and get lost in at HIFF this year. Visit the secluded and mountainous regions of Mongolia and Bhutan. Get to know two film legends that revolutionized cinema. Take a stroll through the history of Chinese American performers in award-winning FORBIDDEN CITY, USA and the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Northeastern Japan. Experience the fight and victory for marriage equality in the US. You can also learn about the medical troub…

Trifecta for Filipino cinema at HIFF 2016

Three lives. Three journeys. The selected films from the Philippines this year are raw, personal stories. All three protagonists have haunted pasts that they are more or less unwilling to face, but must do so, in order to move forward. In beautiful Baler we meet Ford, who is a proper surfer beach bum, with imaginary ties to Hollywood and glory, he is content to live in a glittering fantasy. But life, as always, has other plans for him. Filipino rock legend Joey “Pepe” Smith plays a version of…

Action. Drama. Romance. Korean Cinema at HIFF 2016

Fresh from South Korea, HIFF36 presents some of the hottest titles of the year. Whether you love period drama, spy thrillers, steamy romance, or even zombie horror, our Korean selection has you covered. Featuring 9 Korean titles across the festival program, including Opening Night Film THE LAST PRINCESS, Fantastic Asia! animation SEOUL STATION, Asian Cinerama sidebar title INSIDE MEN, and 6 films in Spotlight on Korea, the 2016 program does not disappoint. Read on to find out the details on a…

Special Sidebar Presentation @HIFF36: Asian Cinerama!

In partnership with the Hong Kong Asian Film Awards Academy, HIFF is proud to present a special sidebar program at this year’s Festival, the ASIAN CINERAMA: ASIAN FILM AWARDS ACADEMY ROADSHOW. Putting the spotlight on some of the best Asian films to debut over the last three years, the ASIAN CINERAMA program features six Asian Film Awards’ nominated and winning titles. Showcasing a diverse range of films from a variety of countries, the program features two titles from Hong Kong, one from Sout…

PACIFIC SHOWCASE presents the best in Pacific Islander cinema

Temuera Morrison stars in THE PATRIARCH directed by Lee Tamahori, a reunion for both actor and director since their last effort, ONCE WERE WARRIORS.
The annual Pacific Showcase presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is a section that we proudly program the very best in Pacific Islander cinema, ranging from emerging and veteran filmmakers that is integral to HIFF as the festival of record for films from the First Peoples of the Pacific Rim. We are presenting five feature films…

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