7 Things You Should Know About “Pali Road” Starring Michelle Chen

You can watch “Pali Road” on Friday, April 29 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theatres.
Michelle Chen
Photos: Courtesy of Pali Road 


We love ourselves a little local flavor, in our food, fashion or films, so Pali Road, the O‘ahu-set thriller which will be shown in theaters this Friday, is definitely on our radar. The plot follows a young doctor who wakes up from a car accident and discovers she is married to another man and living a life she can’t remember. Her search for the truth of her past life will lead her to question everything around her.


Pali Road touts itself as a story about the search for true love between two worlds. We can’t wait to find out about the twists that lie ahead. In the meantime, here’s what we do know about the film: seven Pali Road facts to whet your appetite until you get to see for yourself.



1. International Marketplace

Pali Road is a Chinese Hawai‘i co-production. According to director and producer Jonathan Lim, the story and cast were painstakingly assembled in order to resonate with both Hawai‘i and Chinese audiences.


2. Gold Standard

The film is turning heads. Last year, it was nominated for the 2015 Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s prestigious Halekūlani Golden Orchid Award.


3. Highway To Hell

The title comes from O‘ahu’s Highway 61, a road with a history of otherworldly supernatural sightings and events that have made it famous. In the film, main character Lily is in a car wreck on Pali Road and later finds herself questioning what is real.


4. Island Boy

Keep a lookout for Henry Ian Cusick, made famous on Lost as the mysterious and charismatic Desmond.


5. Big Picture

Recognize male lead Sung Kang? The Korean-American actor has serious mainstream cred, thanks to his role as Han in the Fast and the Furious franchise.


6. Star Appeal

Main actress Michelle Chen, who plays Lily, is a superstar in Asia. In addition to acting, this Taiwanese performer is a singer/songwriter with fan bases from China to Malaysia.


7. Local Style

The film is shot entirely in Hawai‘i. In fact, the car crash in the beginning of the story takes place in a location all locals are familiar with: the creepy and infamous Morgan’s Corner.


Regal Dole Cannery Stadium Theatres on Friday, April 29 for 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. showings.