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…

Aloha and Mahalo, Roger Ebert

Yesterday HIFF lost one of its greatest friends ever. Our dear pal and colleague Roger Ebert finally left us, after his brave, elegant battle. His disease took his physical voice but never, ever slowed his wit, wisdom, or positive attitude. An extraordinary champion of the Hawaii International Film Festival from his very first visit, Roger jumped right into HIFF and loved every minute of it. We all loved him back. His visits to HIFF were momentous occasions and added immeasurably to eac…

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