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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100 Yen Love

     100 Yen is a Japanese movie released in 2014 only in Japan. Although the movie does not have any famous actors and actresses, it won many movie awards and was chosen for Japanese official entry for Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category. The story is about how boxing changes a woman in her 30s named Ichiko who […]

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WOOD JOB!

I really loved the Japanese movie, WOOD JOB!. The movie was about a boy, who has just graduated from high school, failed an entrance exam for university, was dumped by his girlfriend, and is training to get a license of forestry by a strange chance. When I heard about the synopsis of this movie, I thought “Who does like to […]

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KANO VS Vancouver Asahi

I watched two baseball-related Asian films, KANO and Vancouver Asahi on the same day. Although the situations are a little bit different, both are about baseball players before the world war and based on real stories. KANO is about how Taiwanese high school students aim to enter the Koshien, Japanese national baseball high school championship, when Taiwan was under Japanese government. Whereas, […]

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