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All good things must come to an end; HIFF wrap up

The Fall 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival was successful to say the least. During the festival I attended the opening press conference and three Films; Stations of the Cross, Kabukicho Love Hotel, and Mary Kom. There were more films that I wanted to see like Beyond the Surface, Imitation Game, and others, but those films either didn’t fit with my schedule or they were sold […]

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HIFF: Pixar’s Lava

A full house was on hand Friday night at the IBM Building courtyard in Kaka’ako for the Hawai’i International Film Festival premiere of Pixar’s latest animated short Lava, produced by Andrea Warren and directed by James Murphy Ford. Lava is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years as a lonely volcano in the vast Pacific Ocean longs for […]

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Respect the Gloves: A Review of Mary Kom

This Saturday after seeing Kabukicho Love Hotel, I stuck around and was wowed by Mary Kom. The way the film was shot, the acting skills the characters displayed, and the overall story had me so enthralled into the plot, that I felt I was transported to India and was watching this woman’s life in fast forward. Mary Kom was an incredible […]

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Dangerous work: A review of Kabukicho Love Hotel

This Saturday, I saw a double feature of Kabukicho Love Hotel and Mary Kom. I started off with Kabukicho Love Hotel, and it was not what I was expecting, to say the least. Kabukicho Love Hotel is about a hotel in Japan that is primarily used for sex. They deal with pornography, prostitution, cheating, and it is very dangerous work. The story follows […]

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Warriors of God: A Review of Stations of the Cross

Today at 3:30, I saw my first film of the Hawaii International Film Festival. I am upset I haven’t had time to make it to any previous ones, but I felt like Stations of the Cross was a good starting point for the rest of the films to come. The film started off with a view of the priest sitting […]

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HIFF Review: The Vancouver Asahi

One of the first big events at the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival was the U.S. premiere of the new Japanese film The Vancouver Asahi. Directed by Japanese filmmaker Yuya Ishii and starring Satoshi Tsumabuki (from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), the film is roughly based on the story of Japanese immigrants in Canada during the onset of […]

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HIFF: Connecting the East and West Through Film

This Thursday, I had the honor of receiving a full press pass to the Hawaii International Film Festival, and it was truly a memorable experience. This was my first press conference and film festival I have ever intended, making my naive curiosity intrigued from the start. Once I completed one of the most important aspects- figuring out what to wear to my first press conference for […]

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Intercultural relationship blossomed through the season when Kevin lead the debut Super League team to a historical placing

The Iran Job – So much more than a movie about basketball

Went to the screening of seemingly straightforward “The Iran Job”, which I expected to be an OK movie about an American guy heading to Iran to play basketball. I anticipated some cultural differences and a few giggles perhaps, but what I encountered was so much more than that. I feared it would turn out to be one of those stereotypical […]

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Headhunters

I went to go see “Headhunters” on Wednesday night. It was such a good film! I don’t want to give too much away…. so here is the synopsis from IMDB: Save for a somewhat diminutive stature, Roger is a man who apparently has it all; hes Norways most successful headhunter, hes married to the exceedingly beautiful gallery owner Diana, has […]

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“Gianni e le donne” otherwise know as “The Salt of Life”

\”The Salt of Life\” Vlog/Review I went to go see “The Salt of Life” on Saturday at HIFF. I really enjoyed it. This movie moved very slowly compared to American Hollywood movies – but I am slowly learning to appreciate films from other cultures. This is what the lines looked like at HIFF for nearly every movie screening! It was […]

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