Section: Maui Showcase

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NO MAN IS AN ISLAND

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of dedicated individuals work to prevent the spread and provide care to the homeless population of Honolulu.

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OUR MAKAWAO

The town of Makawao in upcountry Maui has a deeply colorful history. From a flourishing Native Hawaiian presence to early missionaries and immigrant labor; to cattle ranches, plantations, WWII, and rodeos, Makawao’s story is a fascinating reflection of the diversity of culture in Hawai‘i over the past 150 years. The quaint buildings still stand and …

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FISHPOND: LOKO I‘A

On the remote Hawaiian island of Molokai during the Covid-19 pandemic, an ancient fishpond brings together the community, resulting in powerful lessons of resilience and sustainability for the next generation. The work of restoring Ali‘i Fishpond provides not only food, but sharing of profound Hawaiian wisdom. This inspiring film begs the question: What can you …

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HONOLULU’S NAUGHTIEST NIGHTCLUB OWNER

This short biographical documentary is about former Honolulu nightclub owner Jack Cione. During the 1960’s and 70’s he earned a notorious reputation by being the first person to operate several adult clubs on Oahu. Today at age 94, Jack continues to produce variety shows at his retirement home.

WATERMAN

Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian Icon. American hero. Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. WATERMAN explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing, following the …

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THE DEVIL’S DEAL

In this South Korean drama by Lee Won-tae, the director of the highly acclaimed THE GANGSTER, THE COP, THE DEVIL, a local ambitious assembly member candidate, Jeon Hae-woong (Cho Jin-woong) is removed from the running by a local big-wig, Sun-tae (Lee Sung-min). As his ambitions are crushed, Jeon Hae-woong is threatened by loan sharks, due …

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THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS

Dante Basco was anointed API film festival royalty with his defining role in Gene Cajayon’s THE DEBUT (HIFF 2000) and as the voice of Prince Zuko in AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER (lest not forget his bad boy personification as Rufio in HOOK). After a diverse career that is entering its fourth decade, Dante makes his …

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Made In Hawaii Shorts Program 3

PLAYS WITH: FISHPOND: LOKO I’A DIRECTOR: Leah  Warshawski HONOLULU’S NAUGHTIEST NIGHTCLUB OWNER DIRECTOR: Rick Quan NO MAN IS AN ISLAND DIRECTOR: Liz Barney OUR MAKAWAO DIRECTOR: Robert Stone, Matt Yamashita I AM A PLASTIC DIRECTOR: Richard Hamasaki

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HOSTAGE: MISSING CELEBRITY

One of the biggest Korean hits of the year, HIFF is thrilled to present HOSTAGE: MISSING CELEBRITY as a special Gala screening event at HIFF41. The debut feature of writer/director Pil Kam-sung, and produced by action veteran Ryoo Seung-wan, HOSTAGE is based on the 2015 Chinese film SAVING MR. WU. However this version has a …

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DRIVE MY CAR

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi cements his status among Japan’s most talented directors with a sprawling yet intimate tale of loss, loneliness, and connection. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, DRIVE MY CAR unspools the story of Yusuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima) a successful stage director and actor who shares a beautiful life with the loving yet enigmatic …

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