Cinema Hawaii Film Series at Hawaii Theatre
HIFF has added 3 last minute films to the festival program and is screening them every Monday in October at the Hawaii Theatre Center as part of their new CINEMA HAWAII Film Series. The Hawaii Theatre has recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art cinema digital projection system with 3D capability and 7.1 Dolby Digital sound.
Kicking off on Monday, October 7 (four days before the start of the Festival) is a special advance screening of the current Korean box-office smash hit, THE FACE READER. With a star-studded Korean cast including Song Kang-ho (THE HOST, MEMORIES OF MURDER, JSA) as the aforementioned “face reader”, this costume drama filled with mystery, intrigue and comedy is set in the Chosun Dynasty. Released three weeks ago during the Chuseok holidays (Korean Thanksgiving), THE FACE READER has garnered over 6 million admissions and counting.
THE FACE READER
South Korea 2013 | Korean with English subtitles | 142 min.
Monday, October 7 at 7:30 PM – Hawaii Theatre
Nae-kyeong is the greatest face reader Joseon has ever known. He can see through people by looking at their faces. He lives with his son Jin-hyeong and his brother-in-law Paeng-heon in the mountains. After alluring courtesan Yeon-hong proposes an offer, he moves to Hanyang to read faces in the courtesan house. Nae-kyeong quickly becomes the “go-to face reader” in town and even Vice Premier KIM Jong-seo hears about the new face reader. He appoints Nae-kyeong to government’s Inspection Board. During his inspection, Nae-kyeong finds out about Prince Su-yang’s plan to take the throne of his nephew. He decides to change the destiny of the country by changing what’s written on Su-yang’s face.
THE GREAT PASSAGE
Japan 2013 | Japanese with English subtitles | 134 min.
Monday, October 14 – 7:30 PM – Hawaii Theatre
Japan’s official contender for the Academy Award’s Best Foreign Film of 2013 — Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is, by all accounts, a word person. Physically clumsy and socially awkward, he only truly feels at home within the rules and confines of lexicography, or when relaxing in solitude at his boarding house with his cat, Tora-san. After struggling in the sales division of the Genbu Books publishing company, he manages to land his dream job in the Dictionary Editorial Department, where he can use his talents to compile a new dictionary, called The Great Passage.
Partnering with Mitsuya are an elderly professor who is nearing retirement after devoting his life to studying the Japanese language and a callow young man who is slow to develop an appreciation for the challenging task ahead. Mitsuya’s love of language, however, leaves him speechless when he meets Kaguya (Aoi Miyazaki), his landlady’s granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Mitsuya soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya.
Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Rising Japanese director Yuya Ishii (SAWAKO DECIDES, HIFF 2010) sets this gentle dramatic comedy in the 1990s, well before the Wild West attitude of Google and Wikipedia. THE GREAT PASSAGE is a kindhearted tribute to a time when the written word still contained an element of magic and romance.
United States 2013 | English | 93 min.
Monday, October 21 – 7:30 PM – Hawaii Theatre
SPINNING PLATES is a feature documentary film about three restaurants, extraordinary for what they are today as well as for the challenges they have overcome: a cutting-edge restaurant named the seventh best in the world whose chef must battle a life-threatening obstacle to pursue his passion; a 150-year-old family restaurant still standing only because of the unbreakable bond with its community; and a fledgling Mexican restaurant whose owners are putting everything they have on the line just to make enough to survive and provide for their young daughter. This film features renowned chefs Grant Achatz of Chicago’s Alinea and Thomas Keller of California’s The French Laundry.
HIFF AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
Monday, October 28 – 7:30 PM – Hawaii Theatre
HIFF’s AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER, which is voted by the Festival audiences during October 10 – 20, will be screened as a return engagement at the Hawaii Theatre Center on the final slot of HIFF’s partnership with the Hawaii Theatre Center’s CINEMA HAWAII film series.