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Fifth release of films for HIFF 33

This is the last preview of HIFF 33 films. Stay tuned for a big announcement next week after Labor Day! Don’t forget, there’s only 2 more days to take advantage of a 10% discount on HIFF memberships.


ME-AND-YOU-pic-4_3Italy 2013 | Dir. Bernardo Bertolucci | EuroCinema Hawaii

Lorenzo is a quirky 14-year-old loner. He plans to fulfill his teenage dream of happiness by hiding out in his apartment building’s abandoned cellar. But an unexpected visit from his worldly older half-sister Olivia changes everything. Their emotional time together will inspire Lorenzo to come to terms with the challenge of casting aside his disguise of troubled youth and preparing to soon be thrown into the chaotic game of adult life.


MICHAEL_KOHLHAAS_pic_1_3France, Germany 2013 | Dir. Arnaud des Pallieres | EuroCinema Hawaii

In the sixteenth century, somewhere in the Cevennes, Michael Kohlhaas, a prosperous horse merchant, leads a comfortable and happy family life. Victim of an injustice, this righteous and honest man raises an army and plunders cities to restore his right.


Bayou_Maharajah_Photo_by_Anton_CorbijnUnited States 2013 | Dir. Lily Keber | Sound x Vision

Dir. Lily Keber’s documentary explores the life of overlooked New Orleans legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius…” Booker’s eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation, which are captured through archive performance footage and interviews with Booker’s friends, supporters and fellow musicians.


AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA pic 1China 2013 | Dir. James Chan | Spotlight on China

Peter Chan (BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS) scores another hit with this (almost) contemporary story of three friends who meet at university and build an empire around teaching English. AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA spans two decades in the lives of three friends, from their meeting at university in Beijing in the early 1980s to a pivotal moment in their professional careers, when the English language company they have co-founded is brought up on charges of intellectual property theft and cheating.


HOW TO USE A GUY pic 1South Korea 2012 | Dir. Lee Won-Suk | Spotlight on Korea

Choi Bona is an overworked assistant to a famous commercial director. After a disastrous shoot she finds herself alone on a beach where she meets Dr. Swalski and is talked into buying a set of self help videos entitled: HOW TO USE GUYS WITH SECRET TIPS. At first she wonders why she wasted money on these videos but as she transforms from an androgynous, sulky sweatshirt to a cute, confident director she finds herself addicted to the videos.


Jinrui_Shikin-0001Japan 2013 | Dir. Junji Sakamoto | Spotlight on Japan

Yuichi Mafune is known as a finance broker, but he’s actually a conman. One day, two men show up in front of Yuichi. One man is “M” and the other is his underling Yuki Seki. They ask Mafune to steal the “M funds”, a longheld legendary treasure trove that includes massive amounts of gold and other stolen loot from World War II hidden in the basement of a Japanese bank.


Kiyosu_Kaigi-001Japan 2013 | Dir. Koki Mitani | Spotlight on Japan

After the forced suicide of Nobunaga Oda at the Incident at Honnō-ji, powerful figures Katsuie Shibata (Koji Yakusho), Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Yo Oizumi), Nagahide Niwa (Fumiyo Kohinata) and Tsuneoki Ikeda (Koichi Sato) meet to decide on a successor. The conference would become Japan’s first group made political decision. The meeting was known as the Kiyosu Kaigi.


APOLITICAL_ROMANCE_pic_21_3Taiwan, ROC 2012 | Dir. Hsieh Chun-yi | Spotlight on Taiwan

Hoping to find her grandmother’s first love who fled to Taiwan in 1948 after the civil war, brash Beijing girl Qin Lang arrives at Taipei on her own. She runs into Yu-Cheng, a boyish local working at Civil Affairs and haunted by his assignment – drafting the Taiwan-China Cross-Cultural Etiquette Manual. Thus begins a hilarious partnership: she will write the manual, and he will take her on a search across the island.


COLD COMES THE NIGHT pic 1United States 2013 | Dir. Tze Chun | American Indies

A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind Russian career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop. COLD COMES COMES THE NIGHT features a star-studded cast including Alice Eve (STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS), Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD), Logan Marshall-Green (PROMETHEUS) and Ursula Parker (Louie).


COUNTDOWN-pic-1_3Thailand 2012 | Dir. Nattawut Poonpiriya | HIFF Extreme

Jack (Pachara Chirathivat), Bee (Jarinporn Joonkiat) and Pam (Pattarasaya Kreuasuwansri) share a New York apartment far away from their home country of Thailand. On New Year’s Eve they call over their friend’s weed supplier, Jesus (David Asavanond) for a little pre-countdown party. As the night progresses, the three find out that nobody parties like Jesus. Countdown successfully puts to film that oldest of precautionary adages, “Always know your dealer.”

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