On Friday night I went to my very first Hawaii International Film Festival showing to see Paradise Broken.
I did not know what to expect from the movie since all I knew about it was what the summary in the HIFF catalogue said. The reason Paradise Broken caught my attention though, was because it was supposed to be about the backside of Paradise, about the REAL Hawaii that most visitors never get to experience.
The movie is a story about Ray and Misha who are living in Waikiki, have a baby on the way and are struggling to make money. They are trapped in a tangle of poor choices with terrible consequences when Ray (Dante Basco) starts selling drugs and pimping out his girlfriend Misha (Nadine Nicole) as a prostitute to tourists.
I felt very touched by the incredibly moving story line and the strong images after having seen Paradise Broken. This is nothing for the faint hearted, as there are very vivid images of for example needles piercing through skin, intense drug withdrawal, and gun shootings. With that said, the movie is shot with many close ups and interesting angles, which contributes to the intensity of the story.
I also walk out of the theatre with a very soar neck since the theatre was completely packed and the only available seats were in the front row. Even so, Paradise Broken was very well worth seeing.
There is one more showing of this movie on Friday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m.
Side Note: If you feel like Dante Basco looks very familiar, it is because you probably recognize him best as Rufio from the movie Hook.