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Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), 2016

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HIFF 2016 – It’s HIFF Time Again! Time to Get Out Your Calendar and...

On Thursday, Nov. 3, the curtain will go up on the 2016 Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. For 11 glorious days, film lovers can be swept away to the 23 countries represented...
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HIFF – Made in Hawai‘i

“THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN” | International Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 79 min. Written by Yuki Tsuchida. Directed by Kazuyoshi Nagashima. Miwako’s belief that her son Rikiya Asai was...
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HIFF – Creative Lab

“CHOKE MISREPRESENTATION: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN IMAGES ON SCREEN” | World Premiere | United States | English | 60 min. Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics in film and TV this year. A recent study...
Photo of "Sumö Road — The Musical” screens on Nov. 6 as part of the “Careful What You Pack Shorts.”∏

HIFF – Careful What You Pack

“SUMÖ ROAD – THE MUSICAL” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 25 min. Written and directed by Ken Ochiai. Kure, an overweight exchange student from Taiwan, has a hard time fitting in...
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HIFF – Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow

“FIRES ON THE PLAIN” | Festival Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 108 min. Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. “Fires on the Plain” follows a soldier, Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), who, along with hordes...
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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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HIFF – Shorts Before Feature

“IM/PERFECTION” | World Premiere | United States | English | 12 min. Directed by Andrew Higa Hiroshi Hida immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan in 1961. He struggled to learn English, but excelled in math and painting...
Photo of “Bittersweet” screens on Nov. 9, 13 and 18.

HIFF – Eat, Drink, Film

“TSUKIJI WONDERLAND” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 110 min. Written and directed by Naotaro Endo. Tökyö’s Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world. Opened in 1935, the...
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HIFF – Global Positioning Shorts

“GUNKANJIMA: TRAVELER IN TIME” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | No Dialogue | 7 min. Directed by Kiichiro Nakamura. A girl walks on the abandoned island with her camera. All the histories and old memories of...
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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