Author: Myong Choi

Seriously don’t-miss films coming up at HIFF

Sponsored Fall. A time for football, family, festivities … and films! The Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani runs from Nov. 7 to 17 on Oahu and as always, local film fans will have an abundant choice of cinematic…

How to navigate 187 movies at HIFF 2018

Sponsored 2018 has been a particularly strong year for film and once again, the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani has done a terrific job of presenting the best the world has to offer. By all means, pore through…

Tons of eye candy: Top picks at HIFF's spring showcase

Although the HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani doesn’t feature as many films as the Fall festival, it can still be tough to choose which films to catch, especially with just 10 days to watch them. Here are our favorite…

Cheat sheet: 12 must-see films at HIFF

Got popcorn? The 37th edition of the Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani begins tomorrow and runs through Nov. 12 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 16. And I know I say this every year, but man, the film…

Okinawan Festival: What to eat, buy and do

Photos courtesy Cliff Kimura, Okinawan Festival Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And the stomach. The popular Okinawan Festival is back this year after its last-minute cancellation in 2016 ahead of Hurricane Lester. As a longtime volunteer and attendee, I…

Korean Fest this weekend: Reasons I keep going back

The Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce puts on the 16th annual Korean Festival this weekend and I’m pretty sure I’ve attended every single one. Besides the fact that I always volunteer, there are things I look forward to that draw…

News alert: Honolulu now has Rita’s frozen custard

Ever tried frozen custard? No? Well you are denied no longer because Rita’s of Hawaii, a local franchise of the famous East Coast chain, has arrived at the Tiki’s Family Fun Center at Dole Cannery in Iwilei. Walk through the…

Film fans, spring into HIFF with our top picks

The 2017 HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani kicks off this Friday, March 31st and as always, there are way too many quality films to catch. So here are our picks for what we’re most excited to catch on the…

Food trends I hope will die soon

I’ve already said that I’m not a foodie and I firmly stand by it. Still, as often as I eat out, I can’t help but notice several dining trends that just make me SMH. Some of these have been shared…

Save the date: Taste of Korea

Get ready for a fun night of fine dining with a Korean twist, along with a few swigs of soju! The 3rd annual Taste of Korea takes place on Thursday, November 17 and once again this fundraiser for the Hawaii…

Hong Kong stars Cheng Pei Pei and Simon Yam coming to HIFF

Sponsored Not only does the Hawaii International Film Festival bring the best of global cinema to local audiences, it also brings in well-known filmmakers and stars. Film fans have have mingled with the likes of Oh Ji Ho, Daniel Henney…

No tears shed for ‘The Light Between Oceans’

After watching the trailer for “The Light Between Oceans,” I was ready for a really good tearjerker based on a popular novel about a married couple who miscarry but then miraculously find a baby floating at sea. As the only…

‘Don’t Breathe’ is a breath of fresh air

After a summer full of comic book movies, animated films and unnecessary sequels and reboots, I was hungry for something original and “Don’t Breathe” fit the bill just perfectly. Three young punks eager to get out of their dead end…

This ‘Tunnel’ is just a bit too long

I’ll never feel safe driving through the Pali tunnels again. The latest hit to come out of South Korea, “Tunnel” has a simple premise: A man is trapped under debris in a collapsed tunnel and has to fight for survival…

Top 5 new things at Saturday’s Korean Festival

The 15th Annual Korean Festival arrives this weekend and you’d think that after 14 successful years of delicious grinds, cultural presentations and entertaining performances, the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce would be happy with the status quo. After all, why…

You might avoid crashing this ‘Sausage Party’

Parents, keep the kiddies at home for this one. Despite the cute animated hot dogs and veggies, “Sausage Party” isn’t for them. Hell, it’s not even for many adults. Based on the very interesting premise that our favorite foods actually…

‘Suicide Squad’ is too sloppy

After the lukewarm reception to “Man of Steel” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” it feels like DC figured, if we can’t make fans happy with the most famous comic book characters in history, we might as well go…

Mixing it up doesn’t work for ‘Star Trek Beyond’

I’m not really a Star Trek fan despite enjoying the first two films in this reboot series by J.J. Abrams. He has since left the franchise, moving on to Jedis and BB-8s, but “Star Trek” was definitely left in good…

Zombies kill on the ‘Train to Busan’

I honestly had no idea what to expect going into “Train to Busan.” When I received the invitation to review the screener, all I saw was a poster of a man clutching his young daughter as they ran from what…

Netflix review: ‘Stranger Things’

Hawkins, Indiana. 1983. A boy named Will goes missing on his way home from playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. At the same time, a young girl mysteriously appears who may have answers to his whereabouts. Meanwhile, a strange…

‘Ghostbusters’ needs more than a female twist

I ain’t afraid of no “Ghostbusters” remake. Should you be? This reboot of the 1984 classic has been pretty much condemned from day one. Was it due to the all female twist? Or maybe people were against remakes in general?…

Comedic chemistry shines in ‘Central Intelligence’

Aw, The Rock is so…cute? “Cute” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but that’s exactly what he is in “Central Intelligence.” The hulking action star always displayed a knack for…