Movie goers prepare for Hawaii International Film Festival

By Diane Ako - bio | email

IWILEI (KHNL) - Indy movie lovers are getting ready for the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival. That's set for October 9-19. Here's a preview of what the fall festival has to offer.

Two of Hawaii's biggest movie stars kick off the opening of the Hawaii International Film Festival this fall. 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; and homegrown talent from Hawaii film directors. Tickets are now on sale for the 10 day event at Dole Cannery.

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.

This year's theme is "Staycation" with HIFF; travel around the world through film. Visit over 40 countries without leaving hawaii by watching films at hiff.

Hiff is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of asia, the pacific and north america through the medium of film.

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 Special discount tickets are available for HIFF members and sponsors.