KAMPAI FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

For the end of the Hawaii International Film Festival, I watched a Japanese documentary movie called KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE. The movie was directed and written by Mirai Konishi. Mirai Konishi follows a president of one of the sake breweries in Japan, a British sake brewer, and an American Sake journalist in order to talk about  the real […]

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The Boy and the Beast-化け物の子

For the second movie, I chose to watch “The Boy and the Beast-化け物の子-”. It was a Saturday evening show and the theater was fully packed with people hoping to see this Japanese anime movie. Bakemono-no-ko”化の物の子“ the Japanese original title of this film “The Boy and the Beast” is a Japanese animation movie that is directed by Mamoru Hosoda. He received […]

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Chigasaki Story

I chose a Japanese movie that is called “Chigasaki Story” for the first day of the Hawaii International Film festival that was Friday November 20. Chigasaki story (the original title is 3泊4日、5時の鐘 – sanpaku yokka goji no kane ) is a Japanese drama or romance movie, that was directed by Takuya Misawa in 2014. The story is set in Shonan, […]

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Where to Invade Next?

One of the last films shown at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival was yet another one of those pesky political docu-dramas about the war on terrorism or the war on whatever. Wait, Where to Invade Next isn’t about American imperialism or our never-ending quest for other nations’ resources? It is not. Where to Invade Next is not the question […]

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Wrap Analysis 2015

Wrap Analysis I attended the Fall 2015 Hawaii film festival at the dole cannery theater. I was able to attend three movies, “The Boy and The Beast”, “Yoko the Cherry Blossom” and “Yosemite”. I have never attended HIFF before and I didn’t really know which movie I should see. A friend of mine recommended going to go see Yoko the […]

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“Yosemite”

“Yosemite” I saw this film advertised in a magazine and, as all my classmates told me what an amazing film it was, I decided to go see it.  It is adapted and expanded from two short stories by James Franco, who is top-billed, but only appears in the movies first third. Yosemite is writer-director Gabrielle Demeestere’s debut feature, described as a low-key […]

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HIFF WRAP

       Overall, I really enjoyed the Hawaii International Film Festival. It was really cool to be able to see movies from all over the world. Especially, since I am Japanese, I was very happy to get to see all the Japanese movies I missed. I saw five movies at the HIFF; Hana’s Miso Soup, the Boy and the […]

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Meeting Tadanobu Asano

     Tadanobu Asada is a Japanese actor known for his Hollywood movies such as Thor and the Battleship. He attended the red carpet event at the Hawaii International Film Festival to receive his Maverick Awards. He also attended his movie’s premiere and I got a chance to see it and ask him a question.      Journey to the […]

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Meeting Ryoko Hirosue

Ryoko Hirosue is a Japanese actress and heroine of her movie called Hana’s Miso Soup. She came to visit the Hawaii International Film Festival for her movie’s premiere and to receive her Career Achievement Award. I went to see her movie Hana’s Miso Soup at her premiere. She looked exactly the same as I saw in the movies. She was […]

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