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Island Earth, a local film with relevance.

“Island Earth” is a local Hawaiian film directed by Cyrus Sutton. Shown at the HIFF Film Festival it screened after the movie “Poisoning Paradise and the Revolution to Save Hawaii.” The film presents real scientists who are working to increase agriculture knowledge. The heart of the debate lies in the use of pesticides where one side says certain GMO seeds […]

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The Value of HIFF

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) started with a goal of introducing the Pacific rim to the West. It was first a project of an educational and research institute created by the U.S. Congress called East-West Center. The first year consisted of seven films from six countries shown on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus in 1981 with 5,000 in […]

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"We owe it to the Director"! Lion Film Premiere

LION: The Centerpiece Film

Lion follows the true story of Saroo Brierley, a wandering Indian boy who was separated from his Indian-born family and then later gets adopted into an Australian family. The film portrays the importance of family and identity, which are both the center of Saroo’s internal conflicts. The story begins with Saroo’s relationship with his older brother, Guddu. From the very […]

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That Demon Within @Aloha Tower

In 2016, for the first time Hawaii Pacific University screened a “HIFF” (Hawaii International Film Festival) film at HPU’s Aloha Tower campus. Ironically, given the theme of this review, the 2014 Hong Kong film That Demon Within from director Dante Lam was screened as a double-projection (two screens same theater) for HPU students and the general public. The film was introduced by Corbin Gregory, […]

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Headshot Movie

I went to the HIFF (Hawaii International Film Festival), to watch Indonesian movie, called Headshot. This film is an action film that I was not imagine, but after watched this film I feel so proud of Indonesia. This movie is about a man named Abdi (Iko Uwais) who loses his memory because of some tragedy that he been through before […]

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“That’s the burden of big pictures” – The Cinema Travelers.

The Cinema Travelers (2016) is a multi-award winning Indian film co-directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya. Structurally, this devastatingly beautiful documentary has direct cinema qualities. The camera crew unobtrusively follows the ins and outs of three cinephiles as they come to terms with the fact their profession and livelihood are at stake. The Cinema Travelers captures their realization that […]

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(2016) That Demon Within (魔警)

That Demon Within, directed by one of Hong Kong’s top genre directors, Dante Lam, is an Asian Cinema drama film that takes a look at a troubled cop descending into madness. Dave, the cop, was assigned to watch over a silent hospital when suddenly, an injured patient enters the hospital in need of a blood transfusion. Dave volunteers to donate his […]

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“Prison Dogs”: Sentenced for a Lifetime of Cuteness

Prison Dogs is a documentary film that was a heartwarming comedy which taught you about the journey that inmates have with their new companion. Prison Dogs took place in Fishkill, New York with a program called “Puppies Behind Bars” founded by Gloria Gilbert Stoga. Willing inmates of a high security prison are given the chance to work with puppies and […]

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Things to Come

In THINGS TO COME, Nathalie, a philosophy teacher, finds herself caught in a tidal wave of both past and present. From the very beginning of the movie, we are introduced to her everyday contrasts between the passionate youth of her students and the painful and ill age of her mother. We see the differences between her crumbling interaction with her […]

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HEADSHOT

  Earlier today, I went to see the Indonesian action movie called “Headshot” at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) 2016 at the Regal Dole Cinema. I really wanted to watch this movie because it is from my country and I miss watching a movie in Indonesian language. When I was about to enter the studio, a HIFF staff handed […]

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“That Demon Within”: Its Fire…Literally

That Demon Within is a thriller that takes the good, the bad, and the ugly and meshes them all together in this action packed movie. Main character Dave Wong was a policeman in Hong Kong until his life changed when he donated blood to the leader of a street demon gang (Hon), which saved his life. They are considered demons […]

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