Oahunov Nov 8-18, 2018
Kauainov Nov 15-18, 2018
Big Island & Maui Nov 29 -Dec 2, 2018

The 38th Hawaii International Film Festival is about to start and to continue the festival’s proud tradition of showcasing content and creatives from the Pacific, Asia and North America.

The festival this year features over 180 films, talks and events from 37 countries, with 47 US, International and World Premieres across 32 sections. 2018 continues the tradition of programming a selection of critically-acclaimed and highly-anticipated films from Asia and around the world, while also giving a platform from emerging creative talents from across the Hawaii-Pacific region.

Outstanding films are accompanied by stars and filmmakers from around the world, connecting East and West through a dedication to discussion, diversity and creativity.

We have picked the Asian titles in the Programme and they are a lot!
Let’s have a look:

Shadow – Opening Night Film
China 2018 – Director: Zhang Yimou


 

50 First Kisses
Spotlight On Japan – Japan – Director: Yuichi Fukuda

Adulthood
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Kim In-Seon

Blank 13
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Takumi Saitoh

The Blood Of Wolves
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Kazuya Shiraishi

The Empty Hands
Spotlight On Hong Kong – Hong Kong Sar China 2017 – Director: Chapman To

Every Day Is A Good Day
Eat. Drink. Film. – Japan 2018 – Director: Tatsushi Omori

For Love’s Sake
Eat. Drink. Film. – Japan 2018 – Director: Naoki Segi

Gatao: Rise Of The King
Spotlight On Taiwan – Taiwan Roc 2018 – Director: Yen Cheng-Kuo

The Great Battle
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Kim Kwang-Sik

Herstory
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Min Kyu-Dong

Inuyashiki
Extreme Asia | Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Shinsuke Sato

It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Ryuichi Hiroki

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Spotlight On China – China 2018 – Director: Bi Gan

Long Time No Sea
Spotlight On Taiwan – Taiwan Roc 2018 – Director: Heather Tsui

Mirai
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Vol. 1
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Yoshiyuki Momose, Akihiko Yamashita

The Prey
Extreme Asia | Southeast Asian Showcase – Cambodia 2018 – Director: Jimmy Henderson

Recall
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Katsuhide Motoki

River’s Edge
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Isao Yukisada

Shoplifters
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Sunset In My Hometown
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Lee Joon-Ik

The Sweet Requiem
Spotlight On India – India 2018 – Director: Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

Ten Years: Japan
Film For Thought – Hong Kong, Japan 2018 – Directors: Akiyo Fujimura, Chie Hayakawa, Kei Ishikawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Megumi Tsuno

The Unity Of Heroes
Spotlight On China – China 2018 – Director: Marco Mak

Wachigai-Ya Itosato
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Mikiya Kashima

Wrath Of Silence
Spotlight On China – China 2017 – Director: Xin Yukun

Yocho (Foreboding)
Extreme Asia | Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2017 – Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Asako I & Ii
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ash Is Purest White
Spotlight On China – China 2018 – Director: Jia Zhangke

Born Bone Born
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Toshiyuki Teruy

Call Her Ganda
Documentaries – Philippines, United States 2018 – Director: Pj Raval

Fengshui
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Park Hee-kon

Fiction & Other Realities
Sound X Vision – South Korea 2018 – Director: Bobby Choy, Steve Lee

First Love
Southeast Asian Showcase – Philippines 2018 – Director: Paul Soriano

Grit
Green Screen – Indonesia 2018 – Director: Sasha Friedlander, Cynthia Wade

Hanalei Bay
Spotlight On Japan – Japan, United States 2018 – Director: Daishi Matsunaga

Killing
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Killing For The Prosecution
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Masato Harada

The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers
Sound X Vision – Japan 1985 – Director: Macoto Tezuka

Manto
Spotlight On India – India 2018 – Director: Nandita Das

Memories Of My Body
Southeast Asian Showcase – Indonesia 2018 – Director: Garin Nugroho

The Miracle Of Crybaby Shottan
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Toshiaki Toyoda

On Your Wedding Day
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Lee Seok-geun

One Cut Of The Dead
Extreme Asia | Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2017 – Director: Shinichiro Ueda

The Rope Curse – World Premiere
Extreme Asia | Spotlight On Taiwan – Taiwan Roc 2018 – Director: Shih Han Liao

Samurai’s Promise
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Daisaku Kimura

Sir
Spotlight On India – India 2018 – Director: Rohena Gera

Song Lang
Southeast Asian Showcase – Vietnam 2018 – Director: Leon Le

Still Human
Spotlight On Hong Kong – Hong Kong 2018 – Director: Oliver Siu Kuen Chan

Wish You Were Here
Spotlight On China – China, Japan 2018 – Director: Kenneth Bi

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion
Extreme Asia | Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Park Hoon-jung



KAU KA HŌKŪ AWARD:

House Of My Fathers
Special Presentations – Sri Lanka 2018 – Director: Suba Sivakumaran

The Hungry Lion
Spotlight On Japan – Japan 2018 – Director: Takaomi Ogata

Last Child
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2017 – Director: Shin Dong-seok

People’s Republic Of Desire
Film For Thought – China, United States 2018 – Director: Hao Wu

The Running Actress
Spotlight On Korea – South Korea 2018 – Director: Moon So-ri

The Third Wife
Southeast Asian Showcase  – Vietnam 2018 – Director: Ash Mayfair



FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: WONG KAR WAI

Happy Together
Hong Kong Sar China 1997

In The Mood For Love
Hong Kong Sar China 2000

Chungking Express
Hong Kong Sar China 1994



FILM FOR THOUGHT: THE COMMON GOOD

People’s Republic Of Desire
China, United States 2018 – Director: Hao Wu

Ten Years: Japan
Hong Kong, Japan 2018 – Directors: Akiyo Fujimura, Chie Hayakawa, Kei Ishikawa, Yusuke Kinoshita, Megumi Tsuno

The full Programme is available on the official website

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On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"