Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A slew of Japanese films join Hawaii International Film Festival line-up

by Chris MaGee

In other film festival news today we have word of another international fest that is bringing a ton of Japanese films to the screen, and what's most admirable is that it's not even a fully-fledged Japanese film festival! The 30th annual Hawaii International Film Festival, North America's first and longest running "East meets West" festival, will be taking place between October 14th and 24th at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX on Honolulu Island and at the Sunset on the Beach on Waikiki. While programmers have assembled films from around the globe visitors to the fest can expect a whopping 16 films from Japan! Some of the highlights include Yoshimitsu Morita's "Abacus and the Sword" (above), Tetsuya Nakashima's "Confessions", Daihachi Yoshida's "Permanent Nobara", Nishikiori Yoshinori's "Railways" (see trailer below), Ryuichi Inomata's "Shodo Girls!!!" and Koji Masunari's "Welcome to the Space Show" are just a few of what HIFF has lined up. To see all the Japanese titles, and the full line-up for the Hawaiian International Film Festival, check out its official website here.

1 comment:

keeperdesign said...

HIFF is sort of known for being extremely conservative in its programming, but I think their real goal is to be family friendly. Nothing at all wrong with that. Was "Railways" a big hit? It seemed like the producers were setting out to craft another "Tora-san"-type series—again, nothing wrong with that—but the preview left me feeling that they had a checklist made up of previous sentimental hits and were just checking off scenarios one by one. If anyone has seen it I'd love to hear what you thought…