Uchinaaloha – Lee Tonuchi’s Newest Play Touches on Cultural Understanding and Preservation

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Commentary “See, I wanna do someting for help da Okinawan people. Da Okinawan ladies. Especially da ones who live away from Okinawa. Okinawa. (sighs) Lotta these Okinawan womens is social outcasts in these...
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by several of Okinawa’s top artistic and cultural masters will be recalled with gratitude and fondness on Sunday, July 30,....
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HIFF – Spotlight on Japan

“OVER THE FENCE” | U.S. Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 112 min. Written by Yasushi Sato and Ryo Takada. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita. From Yamashita (“Linda Linda Linda,” “La La La at Rock...
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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 – Fantastic Asia

“SADAKO VS. KAYAKO” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Koji Shiraishi. Two ghosts — Sadako (“The Ring”) and Kayako (“The Grudge”) — who each spawned a...

Discovering Magic In The Pa‘ia Darkness . . .

Lost in the darkness of his father’s movie theater, Victor Kobayashi’s childhood was filled with the flickering images of fearless samurai, wild cowboys and a bigger world beyond his small plantation town. Born in...
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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...
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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 "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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