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Interactive Program Guide + 2 New Films for Spring

We’ve just launched our interactive program guide for the 2009 Spring Showcase. Be sure to check this, as it will have any changes or updates moving forward that didn’t get into the printed material.

We’ve added 2 new films to the Spring Showcase lineup!

YAMAGATA SCREAM (JAPAN – 115min.)
SUN. April 5th | 9:15pm

A lovelorn schoolteacher and her class of young high school girls are visiting a rural countryside in search of a shrine rumored to help people find true love. Little do they know that they are about to be caught in the middle of a battle between a zombie samurai and the villagers he is determined to destroy. Stuck in the countryside and with limited cell phone reception, what is this group of unlikely heroes to do against the rage of the undead? YAMAGATA SCREAM is a hilarious comedy-horror film directed by and starring Naoto Takenaka (SHALL WE DANCE, PING PONG, AZUMI).

MA’ILI LAND: STORIES OF HOPE (HAWAII – 25min.)
SAT. April 4th | 11:00am

HIFF is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu (BBBS) for a special screening of a film created by ten local kids and their BBBS mentors. MAILI LAND’S STORIES OF HOPE are three short films written, directed and produced by children, ages 11-17, who are part of BBBS’s Maili Land project, a transitional housing program on Oahu’s Leeward side. Moviegoers will see that the stories these children tell ring true. FRIENDSHIP is the story of one boy who moves into Maili Land, a transitional housing program, and struggles to make friends. A PROMISE tells the tale of another Maili Land family and how their son sees promise in the future. *$5 admission for this screening.

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