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#HIFF38 SOUND X VISION — From The Byrds to BoyBand Fandom to Awkwafina

November 06, 2018

SOUND X VISION is HIFF’s annual section devoted to films about music. This year’s section spotlights the Golden Age of ‘60s rock music in ECHO IN THE CANYON, to a celebration of intergenerational boy band fandom in I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY, to the Asian American indie FICTION & OTHER REALITIES inspired by the life of Korean American singer-songwriter Bobby Choy. We’ve also got the forgotten ‘80s cult classic THE LEGEND OF THE STARDUST BROTHERS and a special IN CONVERSATION WITH AWKWAFINA on closing weekend.

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EAT.DRINK.FILM. at #HIFF38

November 06, 2018

At HIFF38, we’re taking the love affair between food and cinema to the next level in our Eat.Drink.Film section, sampling the delicious possibilities of world cinema. FOR LOVE'S SAKE and EVERYDAY IS A GOOD DAY from Japan, and the documentary CHEF FLYNN comprise this year's culinary cinema section.

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#HIFF38 Spotlight: Films from auteurs and new talents comprise SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA

November 01, 2018

SPOTLIGHT ON CHINA is our annual New Chinese cinema section, presenting a varied array of films from the Middle Kingdom. As China becomes the eventual number 1 film market in the world, it is more relevant than ever to showcase arthouse and indie films that are being pushed out by big budget fare. With this year’s spotlight, the Festival is honored to present the Hawaii premieres of ASH IS PUREST WHITE, the latest from Jia Zhangke, and LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, the second feature from festival darling Bi Gan. Both films had their premieres at Cannes. Other films include Zhang Yimou’s return to martial arts historical epics SHADOW, which opens HIFF38 and THE UNITY OF HEROES, a return to old school wuxia character Wong Fei Hung.

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#HIFF38's EXTREME ASIA is a fun romp blending horror, zombie comedies, alien invasions and death duels

October 30, 2018

Looking for your late night fix at HIFF38? Check-out our EXTREME ASIA program, bringing you the best Asian horror, sci-fi, and action-thrillers of the year. A spin-off of the Festival’s Fantastic Asia program, this year’s Extreme Asia hones in on the ‘midnight movies’ genres our filmgoers love the most. We’ve got horror fans covered with low-fi zombie comedy ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, which has become a sleeper box-office hit in Japan. Read on to find out the full dish on all these amazing genre films.

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Just Added to #HIFF38: Awards hopeful THE FAVOURITE, Music doc ECHO IN THE CANYON at Courtyard Cinema and North Shore surfing documentary MOMENTUM GENERATION

October 26, 2018

Although the #HIFF38 film program is finalized, the film programmers still take opportunities to fill select TBA screening slots during the Festival. For the upcoming fest, we’ve added some last minute additions and they’re world-class films ranging from an Oscar hopeful with a brilliant performance by Olivia Coleman and the latest film from the director of THE LOBSTER; to the definitive music documentary about the groundbreaking rock and folk musicians that lived in Laurel Canyon and defined a generation through music; and a definitive surfing film executive produced by Robert Redford that looks back at the ragtag team of surfers from the North Shore that defined a sport. Better yet, two of these films are FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

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