When Marnie Was There

“When Marnie Was There” is yet another movie produced produced by Studio Ghibli. Although I am not overly familiar with the studio or its productions like many people who had gone to view the movie (this is the third Ghibli movie I’ve seen), it is very clear that they never seem to falter when it comes to creating a visually […]

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The Monkey King Remade

Many animations hit the box office at this years HIFF. Although most of them were films done by the famous Hayao Miyazaki there were many others featured that displayed just as much fantasy and magnificence. One such film was the restored and 3D rendered 1961 animated film The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven. With the restoration of this film, you gain […]

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Studio Ghibli takes over HIFF

This years 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival featured many great films by many great directors. One of the many directors that stole the show at this years HIFF was Hayao Miyazaki as six of his animated films were featured as part of the Studio Ghibli retrospective series. Starting off the series was a free screening of his film Spirited Away, Academy […]

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HIFF 2012 Rewind: Films for the Family?

The Hawaii International Festival has come to an end. But as I headed home after the last film I attended, I realized that HIFF was an amazing experience that has gained a lot of support. Long lines and passionate fans are evidence of the true success this film festival enjoys with both younger and older people. My main focus for […]

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Japanese Anime Fan Reacts to Mamoru Hasoda’s “The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki”

It’s the last day Hawaii International Film Festival, and still theater room 12 was packed with many people, young and old. The screening of prominent Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda’s award winning film, “The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki” was a hit even before the film began. But if you consider the popularity of Japanese animation, or anime, then you could understand why. Japanese anime has developed into an […]

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Rinco’s Restaurant is inspiring

Maria, an immigrant who came to the USA roughly twenty years ago has dreamed of owning a restaurant and bringing food to others for as long as she could remember. “I am looking forward to seeing this film about a struggling young woman who finds a way to open her own restaurant” she said before the film. “I was once […]

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