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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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HIFF – Documentaries

“A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU (TOHOKU NO SHINGETSU)” | U.S. Premiere | Canada | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Linda Ohama. A moving story of love, survival and old Japanese...
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 – 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...
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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 – 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...

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...
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Exploring 20th Century Japanese Films – Dr. Victor Kobayashi To Lead Discussions Examining Themes,...

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1950, Akira Kurosawa’s movie, “Rashomon,” made its remarkable debut on the international stage and established the 40-year-old director as a world-class filmmaker. Recognized as a cinematic classic from...

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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