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*HIFF 36 AWARDS GALA*
0 | 240 min.

HIFF 36 Awards Gala HIFF's Annual Fundraiser for HIFF Education Programs Friday, November 11th Halekulani Hotel 6:00PM: Red Carpet & Cocktails...

Fri, Nov 11 - 6:00PM  Halekulani Hotel & Resort

1000 HANDS OF THE GURU: SAVING BHUTAN'S SACRED ARTS
Bhutan, Hong Kong SAR China, Netherlands 2016 | 65 min.
Documentaries | Art, Documentary, Spiritual

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small Vajrayana Buddhist country in the foothills of the Himalayas. A large part of their heritage is the use of thangkas – intricately painted scrolls that aid in...

Tue, Nov 08 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Thu, Nov 10 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery C

95 AND 6 TO GO
United States 2016 | 86 min.
Made In Hawaii | Documentary, Family, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Personal Narrative

Award-winning filmmaker Kimi Takesue turns the camera on her resilient grandfather who has lived in Honolulu for nearly a century. As she captures the cadence of Grandpa Tom’s daily life, he shares...

Sat, Nov 05 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Sun, Nov 06 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY...
UMI NO KANATA
Japan, Taiwan 2016 | 96 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Documentary, Family, History, Personal Narrative

On a warm spring day in 2015, the Tamaki family – the largest immigrant family on Okinawa’s Yaeyama Island – takes a journey back to the home they’d left before World War II: Taiwan. Little...

Mon, Nov 07 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery H

Fri, Nov 11 - 11:15AM  Dole Cannery D

AFTER THE STORM
海よりもまだ深く
Japan 2016 | 117 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family

Award-winning director Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with a powerful tale of family ties broken and remade. The brilliant Hiroshi Abe stars as Ryota, a struggling novelist who works as a private...

Fri, Nov 04 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 12 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery B

THE AGE OF SHADOWS
밀정
South Korea 2016 | 139 min.
Spotlight on Korea | Action, Asian Cinema, History, Period/Historical, Suspense

Set in the late 1920s, THE AGE OF SHADOWS follows the cat-and-mouse game between resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents...

Sat, Nov 05 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Wed, Nov 09 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 12 - 7:30PM  Regal Kapolei

Sat, Nov 19 - 5:15PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

ALOHA FROM LAVALAND
United States 2016 | 52 min.
Made In Hawaii | Documentary, Environment

On June 27 2014, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began flowing directly toward the center of Pahoa, a small town on the Big Island. Hard to predict and impossible to stop, the flow threatened to cut off...

Sun, Nov 20 - 5:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

APOCALYPSE CHILD
Philippines 2015 | 95 min.
Spotlight on The Philippines | Asian Cinema, Romance, Self-discovery, Surf

Ford, a surfing instructor from the Philippines, has been told his whole life that he’s the son of Francis Ford Coppola and that he was conceived during the on-location filming of APOCALYPSE NOW....

Sat, Nov 05 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Mon, Nov 07 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

APPRENTICE
United States 2016 | 115 min.
Southeast Asian Showcase | Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee

Aiman is a 28-year-old Malay correctional officer who recently transferred to the territory’s top prison. At his new workplace, Aiman begins to take an interest in the charismatic 65-year-old...

Thu, Nov 10 - 8:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 13 - 1:15PM  Dole Cannery E

AT CAFÉ 6
六弄咖啡馆
Taiwan 2016 | 103 min.
Spotlight on Taiwan | Asian Cinema, Coming of Age, Drama, Romance

After her car broke down, Miss Liang seeks refuge at a coffee shop called Cafe 6. To pass the time, the shop owner shares a story in his youth in 1996, when Min-lu and Bo-zhi were inseparable. Min-lu...

Wed, Nov 09 - 8:15PM  Doris Duke Theater

Sat, Nov 12 - 4:30PM  Dole Cannery H

THE BAIT
India 2016 | 88 min.
Spotlight on India | Drama, Magical Realism, Social Issues

THE BAIT follows three characters: a nomadic girl supporting her family as a street performer; a worn-out postman who decides to live his life on a tree; and a royal descendant thriving on his long...

Sun, Nov 06 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery E

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:30PM  Dole Cannery E

BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES
New Zealand 2015 | 89 min.
Pacific Showcase | Documentary, Native/Indigenous Peoples, Pacific Cinema, Social Issues, Supernatural

BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES is a documentary film that lifts the veil of secrecy on what became known as "The Wainuiomata exorcism" – a true story of how both love and fear could...

Fri, Nov 11 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 13 - 11:15AM  Dole Cannery E

BITTERSWEET
Japan 2016 | 96 min.
Eat. Drink. Film. | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Food, Romantic Comedy

Maki has it all, except a boyfriend, and well...cooking skills. She also absolutely hates vegetables. One day she meets Nagisa, and is immediately smitten. There’s a problem: Nagisa is gay and a...

Wed, Nov 09 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery B

Sun, Nov 13 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery E

Sun, Nov 13 - 8:15PM  Dole Cannery E

Fri, Nov 18 - 8:00PM  Hilo Palace Theater

BLOOD STRIPE
United States 2016 | 92 min.
Film For Thought:Hawaii Council for the Humanities | Drama, Social Issues, War

For soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the battle is often not left on the field. Focusing on PTSD and the effects of war, BLOOD STRIPE follows one woman as she struggles with adjusting...

Sun, Nov 06 - 7:15PM  Dole Cannery C

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:45PM  Dole Cannery D

THE BLUE HEARTS
Japan 2016 | 161 min.
Sound X Vision | Asian Cinema, Comedy, Coming of Age, Drama, Music, Science Fiction

The Pixies, The Cure, Sonic Youth, Nirvana – epic ‘80s & ‘90s rock bands that informed a generation and changed rock forever. But to this list we must add The Blue Hearts, the seminal...

Tue, Nov 08 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery B

THE BODYGUARD
超级保镖
China 2015 | 92 min.
Fantastic Asia | Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Martial Arts

Channeling the best of old-school Hong Kong action movies into his street-fighting extravaganza, Yue Song clearly loves action and mindless fun, two things in this film that come together as...

Sat, Nov 05 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery D

Fri, Nov 11 - 4:15PM  Dole Cannery C

THE BOOK PEDDLER
Umi Suzume
Japan 2016 | 108 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Self-discovery

Uwajima is a picturesque island city in southern Japan with a rich history. Suzume provides one of the city’s most unique services: library book bicycle delivery. Along with her fellow ‘book...

Thu, Nov 10 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery H

Sat, Nov 12 - 11:30AM  Dole Cannery H

Sun, Nov 13 - 12:30PM  Regal Kapolei

A BRIDE FOR RIP VAN WINKLE
リップヴァンウィンクルの花嫁
Japan 2015 | 178 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Magical Realism, Mystery, Self-discovery

The latest film from acclaimed director Shunji Iwai (ALL ABOUT LILY CHOU-CHOU, HANA & ALICE) is an ethereal tale of life, love, and loneliness in modern Japan. 20-something Nanami is floating...

Sat, Nov 05 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery H

Mon, Nov 07 - 7:45PM  Dole Cannery E

BUNKER 77
Switzerland 2016 | 86 min.
Surf Cinema | Biography, Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Surf

This is the wild true story of an American rebel seeking freedom, love, and authenticity in a chaotic world. Bunker Spreckels – Clark Gable's stepson and heir to a sugar fortune – became a...

Wed, Nov 09 - 5:45PM  Dole Cannery H

Fri, Nov 11 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery H

CALL OF HEROES
危城
Hong Kong SAR China 2016 | 119 min.
Spotlight on Hong Kong | Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Martial Arts, Period/Historical

Hong Kong director Benny Chan (SHAOLIN) is back with an action-packed kung fu epic for the ages! Early 20th century, southern China: warlords loom over small town Pucheng. Warden Yang (Lau Ching Wan)...

Fri, Nov 04 - 6:30PM  Dole Cannery A

Tue, Nov 08 - 8:00PM  Dole Cannery A

Sat, Nov 12 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery D

THE CALLING FROM THE HEAVEN
Japan, United States 2016 | 79 min.
Made In Hawaii | Art, Biography, Documentary, Social Issues

This touching documentary chronicles the life of Rikiya Asai, a painter with cerebral palsy who inspires the world with his innovative and humanistic art. Miwako, his mother and caretaker, is his...

Fri, Nov 04 - 6:15PM  Dole Cannery B

Sat, Nov 05 - 12:45PM  Dole Cannery A

CHOKE MISREPRESENTATION: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN IMAGES ON SCREEN
United States 2016 | 60 min.
Creative Lab | Culture, Educational, Free

Diversity and inclusion has been a hot topic in film and TV this year. A recent study by the USC Annenberg School of Communication reported that in 2015, only 14 films of the top 100 box office...

Sat, Nov 05 - 3:00PM  Dole Cannery E

CINEMA ANGEL
シネマの天使
Japan 2015 | 93 min.
Spotlight on Japan | Asian Cinema, Drama, Family Friendly, Magical Realism, Supernatural

Asuka works in the oldest movie theatre in Japan. But, after 122 years, difficult times are forcing the cinema to close its doors. During the final week, staff and patrons muse over its impact on the...

Sun, Nov 06 - 12:00PM  Dole Cannery B

Mon, Nov 07 - 5:30PM  Dole Cannery E

Sat, Nov 12 - 3:00PM  Regal Kapolei

Sat, Nov 19 - 3:30PM  Hilo Palace Theater

Sun, Nov 20 - 3:00PM  Kauai Waimea Theater

THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS
India 2016 | 96 min.
Spotlight on India | Documentary, Halekulani Golden Orchid Nominee, Social Issues

Cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to remote villages in India for years. Seven decades on, as cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, patrons are lured by slick...

Sat, Nov 05 - 6:00PM  Dole Cannery C

Wed, Nov 09 - 3:15PM  Dole Cannery E

151 films/events