I chose a Japanese movie that is called “Twisted Justice ” for the my first day of the Hawaii International Film festival that was Saturday November 12. Twisted Justice(the original title is 日本で一番悪い奴ら–Nihonde ichiban warui yatsura) is a Japanese crime comedy drama movie, that was directed by Kazuya Shiraishi and written by Junya Ikegami. The story is set in Hokkaido, […]

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HIFF Review: Apprentice

Apprentice is a film about a 28-year-old man named Aiman who lives with his older sister and works at a prison. He transfers to a maximum-security prison and becomes the apprentice of the man who is in charge of hanging inmates who have been given the death penalty. We gradually find out that Aiman’s father was hanged at the same […]

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HIFF: Looking back at the Press Release

Before the HIFF event actually began, I was lucky enough to attend the press release for it, my very first one to be exact.  All of this was thanks to Professor Manzuli at HPU and Lance Ray, the amazing PR professional responsible for making HIFF an amazing experience for us HPU students!  So once again, a huge thank you and […]

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I will forever love Your Name.

Two minutes in and I could already tell I never wanted the movie to end. Wow… What an incredible movie. Your Name. is the perfect combination of every film aspect delivered with surgical precision and beauty. A supernatural romantic-comedy-drama, I found myself laughing, holding back tears and hanging on the edge of my seat. Flawless execution on every level. Often […]

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Paterson: Life and Times of a Good Man

One hour in and I couldn’t believe it was only half way over. I would recommend Paterson to artful film enthusiasts or anyone with 2hrs they couldn’t better use elsewhere. It is a good film from an art perspective, but slow and dry for my taste. I’ll leave my negative perspective here and move forward with an introspective of what […]

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  For the end of the Hawaii International Film Festival, I watched another Japanese supernatural anime fantasy called Your Name. The movie was directed and written by Makoto Shinkai. The story revolves two young main characters who has different way of lives. One of the main characters Mistuha Miyamizu is a high school student who lives in a small rural […]

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