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HIFF Spring Showcase: ‘Midnight Diner’

Even if you haven’t seen the Japanese television series upon which “Midnight Diner” is based, there is a strange familiarity that draws you into this film, currently screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Spring Showcase. Halfway through, I realized…

Party pics: 2014 HIFF Closing Night Party

The 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival held its closing night party Sunday at The Modern. Staff and filmmakers were honored and presented with various awards for their service throughout the festival. 2014 HIFF Closing Night Party ◄ Back Next ►…

HIFF Awards Night 2014

HAEMOO directed by Shim Sung-bo The Hawaii International Film Festival announced its jury winners at an awards ceremony Tuesday evening at the Halekulani. The Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature went to director Shim Sung-bo for his film, “Haemoo,”…

Chain of Fire launches prologue exhibition

Chain of Fire: The Prologue Exhibition for the 2016 Honolulu Biennial held its opening reception Thursday evening in Our Kaka’ako, featuring a special showcase of the participating artists’ portfolios. The 11-day exhibition running through Nov. 9 is co-presented by Hawai’i…

HIFF preview: ‘The Fishing Club’

Rainy and muggy weather nor questions of will or won’t hurricane Ana hit Oahu didn’t stop the cast and crew of the “The Fishing Club” from gathering Friday night at Kaka‘ako Agora for a preview screening of the film that…

Q&A with HIFF’s Anderson Le

Photo courtesy of Bao Nguyen. Anderson Le has your dream job.   As programming director of the Hawaii International Film Festival since 2002, Le travels the world watching movies. While it’s more fun than typing TPS reports, his work is…

HIFF: China Night Gala

The Hawaii International Film Festival on Saturday launched its fall showcase with its annual China Night Gala. Held at Ward Village Courtyard at the IBM Building, proceeds from the event benefited the newly formed HIFF Foundation.Headed by former HIFF executive…

HIFF review: ‘Spinning Plates’

Food can do a lot of things. It can inspire passion, strengthen family bonds, and unite us as a community. These are the themes addressed in the documentary “Spinning Plates,” which screened Monday night at the Hawaii Theater Center.The film…

Party pics: 2013 EuroCinema Awards

The Hawaii International Film Festival’s annual EuroCinema Awards lured lots of stars to the Moana Surfrider for Friday night’s posh gala. Among those in attendance were actors Kelly Hu, Henry Ian Cusick and Daniel Dae Kim. “Glee’s” Harry Shum Jr.…

Talking food with ‘Final Recipe’ director Gina Kim

The foodie film, “Final Recipe,” staring Michelle Yeoh, Henry Lau and Chin Han, made its American premiere during the opening night of this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival. The story revolves around an internationally televised cooking competition, which shares its…

Scenes from Kung Fu Theatre in Kaka’ako

A sold-out crowd flocked to Kaka`ako for Kung Fu Theatre, a pop-up cinema event presented by the Hawaii International Film Festival and Our Kaka`ako. The Warehouse venue on Cooke and Pohukaina streets provided the perfect grind-house setting for the showing…

Party pics: HIFF opening gala

The Hawaii International Film Festival officially kicked off Thursday night with an opening night reception at the Halekulani and screenings of the Hayao Miyazaki anime feature, “The Wind Rises,” and the foodie film, “Final Recipe.”Here’s a look at some at…

HIFF review: ‘God of Ramen’

The similarities between “God of Ramen” and last year’s film festival hit, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” are obvious from the outset. Although not as cinematic as “Jiro,” “God of Ramen” proves to be a far more compelling film.Both films tell…

HIFF review: ‘Mt. Zion’

It would not be HIFF if there wasn’t a Tamuera Morrison film. Screening at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival is the period film, “Mt. Zion.”Although playing a supporting roll in this film, Morrison’s presence is still felt throughout the…

HIFF Review Roundup

Nonstop movie buffs Myong Choi and Ed Morita will be screening all kinds of films at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival. Here are some of the flicks they saw, with a brief review of whether it’s a must-watch or…

A chat with Booboo Stewart

I had a chance to briefly chat with actor Booboo Stewart — best known for his role as werewolf Seth Clearwater in the “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” — while he was in town to promote his latest project, “White Frog,”…

HIFF ‘White Frog’ Premiere

Several hundred fans lined up at Regal Dole Theatres for the premiere of “White Frog,” staring Booboo Stewart.Tonight was an example of being at the right place at the right time. I was in the theater lobby killing time before…

HIFF review: ‘Dead Sushi’

I’ve always joked that all men reach full maturity at age 12. After that, they just get bigger. This statement has never been truer than with the movie, “Dead Sushi,” staring Rina Takeda.Noboru Iguchi, director of “RoboGeisha,” “Karate-Robo Zaborgar” and…

HIFF awards reception

After a successful opening weekend of the Hawaii International Film Festival, delegates, judges and filmmakers gathered Tuesday at Washington Place for the HIFF awards reception.Things started out with the first-ever HIFF Humanitarian award given to the film, “Amazon Gold,” which…

HIFF China Night

The HIFF China Night Gala was an Education Program fundraiser for the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Academy of Creative Media (ACM) Film Student Exchange with Shanghai University, in honor of Chinese media icon, entrepreneur and philanthropist Yue-Sai Kan, who…

HIFF Korea Night Party

It was a packed house at the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Hawaii premiere of “Shanghai Calling,” staring Korean actor, Daniel Henney, who said he didn’t expect such a reception.The screening kicked off HIFF’s Korea Night, which concluded with a reception…