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HIFF – Closing Night Film

“YOUR NAME.” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 105 min. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. HIFF closes this year’s festival with “Your Name.,” the biggest moneymaking film in Japan. The film...

Scribblenauts and kabuki

A belated Christmas present for Japanese American internment camp sites. West Coasters like their kabuki. Good news for fans of Japanese boxing. The popular video game Scribblenauts gets a Japanese makeover. Artwork from famed Japanese American artist Jimmy...

A call for interviews, exhibitions, and speakings

The Center for Oral History wants to interview Hawaii-born Japanese Americans who were removed from work or school on the West Coast and incarcerated during World War II. One blogger looks back on the importance...
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HIFF – Spotlight on Taiwan

“AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY . . . (UMI NO KANATA)” | U.S. Premiere | Japan, Taiwan | Japanese and Taiwanese w/English subtitles | 96 min. Directed and edited by Huang Yin Yu. On a warm...

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Groundbreaking pitcher Hideo Nomo retired today. The 39-year-old Nomo burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 1995 and captured the National League Rookie of the Year award. Along the way he opened up...

Showtime all over the world

Asian contemporary art is all the rage at Christie's, including the work of Japanese American Masami Teraoka. The Wall Street Journal reviews Yoko Kawaguchi's new book Butterfly's Sisters, which examines the Western portrayal of Japanese...

The whaling debate, slot machines, and global warming

Whaling in Japan: An age-old tradition on a taboo practice? With two Japanese pitchers on their roster, communication is imperative for catchers on the New York Mets. Does more sleep in Japan = less global warming? According...
Photo of "Hikawa Maru” screens on Nov. 5, 13 and 20.

HIFF – Film For Thought

“HIKAWA MARU” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 94 min. From veteran anime director Shunji Oga comes the epic tale of the legendary Japanese ocean liner, the Hikawa Maru. In May...

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