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Hawaii — By byun on October 12, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Hawaii International Film Festival: October 15-25

For ten glorious days, Hawaii will be hosting its international film festival from October 15-25.  The film line-up is chock full of Asian films as well as other international cinema delights.

HIFF started as a project of the East-West Center at the University of Hawai`i Manoa campus in Honolulu.  The first HIFF in 1981 screened seven films from six countries to an audience of 5,000. Today, HIFF is the a premiere cinematic event in the Pacific that has had more than one dozen screening sites on six Hawaiian Islands and draws an audience of 80,000 or more from around the state, the nation and throughout the world.

HIFF is unique in discovering features, documentaries and shorts from Asia made by Asians, films about the Pacific made by Pacific Islanders, and films made by Hawai`i filmmakers that present Hawai`i in a culturally accurate way.  The film festival also conducts seminars, workshops, special award presentation receptions with top Asian, Pacific and North American filmmakers.

This year’s centerpiece films on opening, mid-festival, and closing nights demonstrate the diverse films that make up this year’s deep line-up. The one I’d like to see is “Red Cliff” — a John Woo film that is based on the famous Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”  You can watch a the trailer below.

Red Cliff, HIFF Centerpiece film

Most of the films will be playing at the Dole Cannery Theaters in downtown Honolulu.  For a complete film listing or to order tickets in advance, visit the HIFF website.

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