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Opening, Centerpiece & Closing Night Galas Announced for HIFF 2014

The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani is right around the corner, and we are excited to announce our Opening,  Centerpiece and Closing Night Galas! We will be revealing more film program information in the days to come, with the full announcement and launch of the 2014 Festival website!

Opening Night Film
United States Premiere
Japan 2014 | Japanese w/ English subtitles | 130M
Director: Yûya Ishii
Sponsored by Halekulani, NGN, and Japan Airlines
Based on the true story of the “Vancouver no Asahi” baseball team who played in Canada prior to World War II, and was reputable as the winningest team for 5 years in its league. The film stars Tsumabuki Satoshi plays a second-generation Japanese immigrant named Reggie Kasahara who works at a sawmill and plays shortstop for the team. The team was the focal point of the Japanese Canadian community in British Columbia, until the fateful day of December 7th, 1941, when the Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Read more…. 


Centerpiece Film
Hawaii Premiere
United Kingdom 2014 | English | 113M
Director: Morten Tyldum
Sponsored by EuroCinema Hawaii
In THE IMITATION GAME, Benedict Cumberbatch (in an awards worthy performance) stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Turing went on to assist with the development of computers at the University of Manchester after the war, but was prosecuted by the UK government in 1952 for homosexual acts which the country deemed illegal. Read More….


Closing Night Film
World Premiere
United States 2014 | English | 90M
Director: Ty Sanga
Sponsored by Modern Luxury
pinky thompson
Pinky Thompson thought bigger than himself and further than the single cause at hand. He fought hard against the stigma of an inferior Native Hawaiian. A multifaceted cultural identity was the key to their ultimate survival. He championed a health care system, created invaluable educational programs and strengthened the pride of Native Hawaiians. He envisioned an ideal Hawaiʻi that no one else saw and fought for it from the battle fields of Normandy, down the steps of congress, to his humble home in Niu valley. Read more….


More announcements to come!

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Katherine Honda —

The free film “But Always” on Sept 25 at Regal Dole Cannery- will be shown during the fall film festival? We would like to see it but have Bible Study that night. Being free, it should be very crowded.

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