Mixed Doubles Review

     Mixed Doubles is a Japanese romantic comedy film about table tennis. Tamako, played by Yui Aragaki, is a retired table tennis player. She catches her boyfriend who is a professional table tennis player cheating on her with his mixed doubles partner, and decides to start playing table tennis again to get revenge on … [Read…]

Thor: Ragnarok Review

Thor: Ragnarok was one of the best movies I have seen all year. The storyline is engaging and the visual effects leave a lasting impression. But even if you aren’t a huge fan of Marvel or you haven’t seen the past movies in the series, you can still enjoy this film with out the feeling … [Read…]

ichi the killer review

This was my first film I saw for HIFF and I was not disappointed. Great fun from start to finish. Even with how old it actually is it took me this long to see it and I’ve been hearing about the film for some time. Mainly how gory or messed up it was, but I … [Read…]

the sheriff in town review

This was the second film I saw for HIFF. Sad to say I didn’t really enjoy The Sheriff in Town all that much. It’s not a bad movie at all, but it’s not a great one either. It’s just average. Feel like I’ve seen multiple comedies with similar stories and set ups like this movie. … [Read…]

lu over the wall review

This was my favorite film I was out of the 3 I saw at HIFF. It had a very fun and cute story with gorgeous animation. Funny enough, I was a bit skeptical about the animation style at first, but once it was used in more dynamic actions and movements it really shown through. The … [Read…]

End of HIFF Wrap Up

So, the end of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival has arrived. This year has been so amazing for me because it was my first time attending HIFF. I had never really been to any big film festival before in my life, so this was special for me. I had an amazing time and … [Read…]

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is a Japanese film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. It was released on January 18th, 2017. I went to go see this film at the HIFF festival on November 11th, 2017 at 3:00pm. This film is about a young girl that was granted magical powers from a strange flower that was … [Read…]

Wrap Analysis

  Unfortunately I was only able to attend one of the films with HIFF because that week was an incredibly busy week for me and I thought that there were still films the following weekend, which there were, but on outer islands. I chose the film Downsizing as one of the films because of the … [Read…]

HIFF bringing us together

What a great experience!! It was such a great experience being press, the location of the event is great and brings togetherness for not only students but the filmmakers and watchers. An opportunity for us Hawai’i folk to embrace the international styles and artistic creations for such a fun event. So bummed I didn’t take … [Read…]

HIFF Flashback

Throw back to my very first time at the event. HIFF has come a long way. So amazing to see the accomplishments and support with this event. So many creatives and so much aloha. Grateful to experience and be a part of the Press. The volunteers are inviting, speakers are encouraging and films are beautiful.