so much fun in the dark-sitting there, munching popcorn, watching as the world
comes to you on the silver screen. Of course, we're talking about the Hawai'i
International Film Festival, now in its 24th year of bringing films both fun and
profound from Asia, the Pacific and North America to the Islands. But HIFF fans,
take note-the festival runs Oct. 21 through 31 this year, not in its traditional
November slot. Some highlights of the 10-day, statewide festival:|
International films such as Tae Guk Gi (The Brotherhood of War), a South Korean film about two brothers caught up in the Korean War. Documentaries such as Arakimentari, a portrait of the eccentric Japanese erotica photographer, Nobuyoshi Araki. Even anime is represented with the lush retro-tech look of Steamboy, which turns Japanese sci-fi anime around by setting its tale in Victorian England. This year's HIFF is bringing in 168 films, 100 of them international.
The Hawai'i Panorama will screen 30 different Hawai'i films, arranged in nine programs, at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater and at the Signature Dole Cannery 18 Theatres. I had the honor of serving on the jury for last year's local film series (Nathan Kurasawa's The Ride was our pick then), and will do so again this year-and gladly. Your friends and neighbors are making some really cool films, including imaginative shorts and stirring documentaries.
Can't wait for the good stuff to start? HIFF has started showing independent films every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., at the Signature Dole Cannery 18 Theatres, leading up to the festival. This month's "HIFF Tuesday Screening" selections include Imagining Argentina, and the Canadian film, Seducing Doctor Lewis.
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