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.