Date Night Films at #HIFFSpring19

By HIFF | March 28, 2019

Dinner and a movie is the go-to date night scenario! Why not take advantage of the 22nd annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani and plan a date night with any of these romantic films from around the world? From India to Japan and Australia, these films are perfect to bring the person you are wooing. Signed, sealed and delivered, these films will make a perfect date night!


Pressured by his grandmother to get married, a struggling street photographer convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancee. They soon develop an unexpected bond that transforms both of them in ways they could not have imagined. Set in the bustling streets of Mumbai, PHOTOGRAPH is the latest film from Ritesh Batra, who earned global praise for the gentle romance THE LUNCHBOX. Here, he returns to India in capturing a low-key romance that will touches both heart and soul.


Lauren and Ned are engaged. They are in love. And they have just 10 days to find Lauren's mother (who has gone AWOL somewhere in Australia’s remote far north), reunite her parents, and pull off their dream wedding. In this heartfelt romance, director Wayne Blair (THE SAPPHIRES, HIFF 2012) takes viewers on a sweeping journey from the big city to the Top End of Australia, culminating in a beautiful story about returning home.


Based on a hit novel, comes the sci-fi romance of the year! Shiori has just moved into her new apartment, when something seemingly supernatural happens. Each night a voice trails into her apartment through a wall vent, claiming to be her neighbor Susumu from 1 year in the future. The voice has a mission for Shiori, tail Susumu daily, and never tell him about his future self. Though she follows along, Shiori begins to suspect that her world may be about to turn upside down.

Date night at the movies doesn’t always need to be within the romance genre. Here are some bonus films that are a lot of fun if your date is into action or comedy!


Legendary action director Yuen Wo Ping draws on a stellar cast (Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista, Tony Jaa, and Max Zhang) to create a hard-hitting martial arts blast worthy of its place in the IP MAN universe. Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang), tries to make a life with his young son, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triads draw him once again to the fight.

THE DUDE IN ME (South Korea)

TRADING PLACES Korean-style, THE DUDE IN ME is one of the funniest films of the year! Jang Pan-Soo (Park Sung-Woong) is a ruthless gangster, that has worked his way up to become a wealthy businessman. Kim Dong-Hyun (Jin Young) is a hapless, geeky, overweight, bullied high school student. However, when Dong-Hyun falls off a roof and lands on top of Pan-Soo in a freak accident, their souls somehow swap bodies. While this spells disaster for Pan-Soo, Dong-Hyun may soon be moving up in the world.

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