Herstory review

Herstory is a 2018 Korean drama written and directed by Min Kyu-Dong. The film was produced by Park Ja-Myung, and stars Lee Yong-Lee, Choi Byung, Lee Seol, Kim Hye-Jun, Lee Ji-Ha, Park Myung-Shin, Ok Joo-Ri, Kim In-Woo, Hiroki Yokouchi, Jin Seon-Kyu, Song Young-Chang, Jeong Ha-Dam, Son Kang-Kuk. Herstory tells the incredible true story of a six year long legal … [Read…]


HIFF this year was a good experience. Unfortunately I only had the opportunity to watch 3 films. The films being as followed, Moana: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, The Empty Hands and The Blood of Wolves. To go down the list I chose Moana because I wanted to see how well done the Hawaiian dub was. For The Empty Hands mainly to watch it’s Karate scenes and The Blood … [Read…]

MULT 2000 HIFF Symposium

Before the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival kicked off, the Global Cinema Studies class was able to produce a creator’s symposium to hear from local filmmakers in the community. The creators who were in attendance were Erin Lau, Vince Keala Lucero, Christopher Makoto Yogi, Christopher Kahunahana, Roy Tjoe and Dean Des Jarlais. They were able to … [Read…]

The Empty Hands Review

During my experience with the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival, I was able to encounter an experimental film. I am not personally fond of this type of film genre because I usually like to watch films that have a specific plot and this film kind of went all over the place with its story. To give … [Read…]

Moana ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Review

Moana is one of Disney’s most popular animated films of all time. Standing along side similarly praised films such as Tangled and Frozen. I believe one of the main reasons for the films success is due to the power of a female lead rather than having the old male hero saving women in distress cliche. But one thing that this … [Read…]

Sharkwater Extinction’s Rob Stewart is Dead

In my previous 2018 HIFF posts, I discussed the work of Rob Stewart (The Genious Behind Sharkwater Extinction & Sharkwater Extinction’s Worldwide Impacts). With those posts in mind, you will understand why it has been difficult to write about his death. Producer, activist, Biologist, Diving Instructor, and friend to many, Rob’s tragic death occurred on his final … [Read…]

Impacts of Rob Stewart & Sharkwater Extinction

As described in my previous post “The Genious Behind Sharkwater Extinction,” Rob Stewart is the man behind the SharkExtintion movement. A movement inspired by his near-spiritual relationship with sharks since childhood. HIFF 2018, will be the first time some have heard of Rob Stewart but that does not depreciate the global impact his efforts have spearheaded. … [Read…]

The Genius Behind Sharkwater Extinction

If you are attending HIFF 2018, you may be drawn to a specific production about the extinction of sharks. If you would like to know more about the production Sharkwater Extinction and the overall causes Rob Stewart championed, look no further than the official webpage of Sharkwater Extinction https://www.sharkwater.com/. Rob Stewart was born and raised in … [Read…]

The Blood of Wolves Review

Of all my years of being a filmmaker and moviegoer, I have seen many crime dramas that really gave people that harsh reality of crime and violence. Films like American Hustle and Se7en are among the few that stand out to me. There hasn’t been a crime film recently that has that high standard. But that was until … [Read…]

The Rope Curse Review

I had really high hopes going into the theater to watch The Rope Curse. Asia-based horror and supernatural horror have always been the most terrifying productions to me, so I was hoping that the combination of the two would give me a quality scare. Unfortunately, I feel that it fell short of my expectations. There … [Read…]