HIFF-Bound?

September 30th, 2008
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Wanted to take a poll out there to see how many of you are going to check out the Hawaii International Film Festival this year. Several of my co-workers are hard core HIFF fans who use their personal vacation days to do three-a-days of these movies. Are they nuts or do you do the same? I have honestly never been, but would one day like to go.

Tickets for this year's HIFF just went on sale last Friday. The event will take place from October 9th-19th at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18. For those who will be attending, are considering attending, or just like to read :P , here are the details from their press release:

HONOLULU - General admission tickets are set to go on sale Friday, September 26th for the 28th annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). This year's lineup of 150 films come from over 36 countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

HIFF's 2008 program is being held at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas from October 9 - 19. Opening the festival this year and having its international premiere is one of the most anticipated Korean films of the year, THE DIVINE WEAPON. Released in early September in Korea, it easily garnered the #1 box office spot. Among others being showcased is the Korean-style Western and #1 box office hit from Korea THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD, whose lead actor, Jung Woo-Sung, will receive an Achievement in Acting Award from HIFF, and the acclaimed docu-drama RAIN OF THE CHILDREN from New Zealand director Vincent Ward.

General admission tickets are available for $10 or $9 for students, seniors, children and military. Tickets may be purchased in person at HIFF's box office at Dole, by phone at Honolulu Box Office at 550-8457 (TIKS), by fax at 536-2707, or online at www.hiff.org. Special discount tickets are available for HIFF members and sponsors. Download high resolution images of the films, view the Program Book online, or check out the full movie schedule here.

Talk to me!
* Do you go to HIFF religiously? What's the draw for you?
* Have you gone to HIFF just once? Why haven't you returned?
* Have you ever been to HIFF? Why or why not?
* Are ya gonna check it out this year?
* Which movies are you planning to watch?

Happy October 1st tomorrow gang!

17 Responses to “HIFF-Bound?”

  1. HNL2LAS:

    I'm planning on going to at least one movie during the film festival. Hehe.. but I think that whenever I find out about the film festival... there are so many I want to see, but not enough time/chance to see them. I'm going to try and at least see "Chief", part of the shorts program.


  2. hemajang:

    Went to 3 films last year, hard to decide which ones to go and without prior reviews, it's a shot in the dark. Of the 3, one was very good (Kamome Diner), one ok and the last so-so in my opinion, of course. I love foreign films, so I welcome HIFF and will try to go to as many as I can. Problem is making that trek to Dole Cannery theaters from Mililani so I base my film selection on the day and time I can make it. I also keep the program and hopefully can get them on Netflix in the future depending on dvd release...some never get released.


  3. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Your best man will be taking his mother to the film festival.

    What a good best man! Hahahahaha!

    I've only received good reviews from people who have attended the film festival year after year. There will be so many great movies to choose to watch!

    Maybe Jr. will take you too!


  4. frankie:

    I might check out the Korean movies since The Wife is Korean...but I read that it's $15 a ticket to watch the opening movie. Hu-what?!


  5. kako mochi:

    i've never been - i always wanted to go, but my schedule is always crazy!! the closest i'll probably get is going to louis vuitton ~ i always have time for that!!


  6. Chicken Grease:

    Heh, yeah, Ed'. I go to HIFF. I used to get that Flash pass, but, got too busy with other stuff that I couldn't justify the $200 or $300 that I was paying to end up going from seeing, oh, what, 30 movies to 5-10, nowadays.

    The big draw is that "The Good, The Bad, and The Weird," sorta' Korean take on the Western movie. You can see Lee Byun Hun in action as a sadistic gunslinger; this is the guy who's going to play Storm Shadow in the upcoming "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" film.

    NGN On Demand is currently showing previews of some of the HIFF films. "Cyborg She" (Japanese film) is a movie I immensely written off seeing until I viewed the trailer last night on that NGN On Demand. Kind of a sci-fi'/time travel/love story where, apparently, the man is more emotion than the woman (cyborg) in this case.

    HIFF's been bringing in more celebs as the years go on. Dustin Nguyen (yep, THAT "21 Jump St." Dustin Nguyen) was there last year -- he was in a Vietnamese period thriller as a friggin' evil secret agent. HIFF gave Sam Jackson an award a few years back.

    It's a great thing to attend, this HIFF. "Tokyo Gore Police" IS A MUST-SEE for the Grease. I've never seen a sellout crowd for a lot of the Japanese films, but, I think "Tokyo Gore Police" might be an exception.

    The only real complaint I have about HIFF is that, if they show political films, they tend to be pro-Leftist. Not that I choose a side anyways :).


  7. MoOgooGuypAN:

    I'm more of a big budget movie type of fanatic. I'm gonna spend my money on getting the Iron Man dvd today.


  8. Chicken Grease:

    Yep. MoOgooGuypaN's got the right idea. But, hey, make time for HIFF, too :).

    One other thing, then, I'll shaddap. There, uh, IS a, uh, movie, a film short (pardon the pun, NOOOOOO, JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING) from Ireland called, uh, "Frankie." I'm not joking: http://hawaii.bside.com/2008/films/frankie_hawaii2008


  9. World Wide Ed:

    * HNL2LAS:
    I’m planning on going to at least one movie during the film festival. Hehe.. but I think that whenever I find out about the film festival… there are so many I want to see, but not enough time/chance to see them. I’m going to try and at least see “Chief”, part of the shorts program.

    Yeah, my co-workers are insane. They're there like all day. Yikes! :)

    * hemajang:
    Went to 3 films last year, hard to decide which ones to go and without prior reviews, it’s a shot in the dark. Of the 3, one was very good (Kamome Diner), one ok and the last so-so in my opinion, of course.

    Two outta tree ain't bad eh hemmaz? :)

    * Kel Sr.:
    Your best man will be taking his mother to the film festival.

    Awww cute. He never told me he's going on a date! :P

    * frankie:
    I might check out the Korean movies since The Wife is Korean…but I read that it’s $15 a ticket to watch the opening movie. Hu-what?!

    *faint* To the $15 price that is, not to your wifey being Korean! :)

    * kako mochi:
    i’ve never been - i always wanted to go, but my schedule is always crazy!! the closest i’ll probably get is going to louis vuitton ~ i always have time for that!!

    LOL! At least you gotcho priorities kako mochi!

    * Chicken Grease:
    HIFF’s been bringing in more celebs as the years go on. Dustin Nguyen (yep, THAT “21 Jump St.” Dustin Nguyen) was there last year — he was in a Vietnamese period thriller as a friggin’ evil secret agent. HIFF gave Sam Jackson an award a few years back.

    I'm not a hardcore indie movie fan, so celebs would probably be the main draw for me. Not sure about Nguyen or Jackson though. :P

    * MoOgooGuypAN:
    I’m more of a big budget movie type of fanatic. I’m gonna spend my money on getting the Iron Man dvd today.

    I heard it was supah good! Yeah, I didn't see it yet. Kill me! :P

    * Chicken Grease:
    One other thing, then, I’ll shaddap. There, uh, IS a, uh, movie, a film short (pardon the pun, NOOOOOO, JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING) from Ireland called, uh, “Frankie.” I’m not joking: http://hawaii.bside.com/2008/films/frankie_hawaii2008

    Ya gonna watch it Ceeg? :P


  10. frankie:

    What Chicken Grease, you like die or what? Bwahahahahaha! Nah, that was a good one! ;-)


  11. frankie:

    BTW, I heard a lot of buzz about the movie "ping pong playa," so that might be one worth checking out.


  12. Reido:

    Unfortunately, I don't even get to watch regular movies in the theaters. It has something to do with having kids. I think the last movie I saw in a theater was Shrek the Third with my two daughters. I watch a lot of the regular movies when they come out on dvd.

    I've never been into the HIFF, so I've never seen any of the movies. Maybe I should check it out one day...


  13. World Wide Ed:

    * frankie:
    BTW, I heard a lot of buzz about the movie “ping pong playa,” so that might be one worth checking out.

    Yeah, I saw the trailer for that one. It looks pretty funny. Good to see Asians reppin'.

    * Reido:
    Unfortunately, I don’t even get to watch regular movies in the theaters. It has something to do with having kids. I think the last movie I saw in a theater was Shrek the Third with my two daughters. I watch a lot of the regular movies when they come out on dvd.

    Woah, that was looong ago! Hehe! I can't talk though. I think my last movie at the theaters was E.T. Hehe, nah!


  14. L:

    Went to them before to support my old friends and film students. Would like to go but it's too expensive and sometimes really really crowded. I'll just hope it shows up on netflix or IFC.


  15. World Wide Ed:

    * L:
    Went to them before to support my old friends and film students. Would like to go but it’s too expensive and sometimes really really crowded. I’ll just hope it shows up on netflix or IFC.

    Good to know L. I'll make it out there one day though... :)


  16. J.P.K.:

    I'm still waiting for the year that I can justify buying a flash pass. I've been going for the last 5 years or so. Just a regular member though. I don't have the time to take off to justify getting the flash pass either. I've had those three-movie-a-day days, it's rough. It was a lot easier to do that because they never used to scan and stamp your tickets outside ... so you could see one movie, just wait inside, then wait till you see the priority line go inside. I've never tried that since the scan and stamp entrance. I doubt the volunteers check the tickets once you go inside, but I go back outside to wait.

    I only go for the Japanese movies and I was very surprised (and thrilled) to see that they were able to get Hana Yori Dango Final. Surprised because it aired in Japan back at the end of June of this year. Would've been even happier if the Kurosagi movie played during this film festival as well.

    It's sad, but the only time of year I go to the movies is in April and October ... during the two film festivals. Only watching six movies this festival. Could've watched more, but my gf can't make them and I don't want to go by myself.

    I did hear some good news though ... they will keep the current member options and the one year membership. I know for a little while they were making members renew every fall and spring. Glad to hear that the current member options are staying. Prices are slowing going up, but that won't stop me from going.


  17. World Wide Ed:

    * J.P.K.:
    Glad to hear that the current member options are staying. Prices are slowing going up, but that won’t stop me from going.

    Kewl, thanks for the tip J.P.K. Have fun this year! :)