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Tune to HIFF online, on pages

By Gary C.W. Chun


The 30th Hawaii International Film Festival kicks off today. Our coverage includes daily listings of screenings of note, reports and reviews of special events and select films that have caught our attention, and interviews that can be found either in the Star-Advertiser or our online entertainment site,

Tomorrow's Today section will feature an interview with film star and HIFF honoree Nancy Kwan, while an interview with esteemed film critic Roger Ebert will appear Sunday.

Tomorrow's TGIF weekend entertainment guide will explore HIFF's Sound X Vision showcase. And go to for a report on today's HIFF press conference at the Sheraton Waikiki with Kwan and other stars.

Here are tonight's picks, all being shown at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18:

» "Woochi" (6 p.m., Asian Showcase: Spotlight on Korea): One of the hits from last month's Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, this fantasy adventure spans ancient to contemporary times as an upstart and undisciplined trickster does battle with wizards and shape-shifting demons. (Also showing 11 a.m. Sunday)

» "Carancho" (7:15 p.m., World Cinema): Argentina's entry in the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Film competition, HIFF film programmer Anderson Le calls this a great character drama about an ambulance chaser who develops a relationship with a drug-addicted doctor while uncovering a conspiracy. (Also 3 p.m. tomorrow)

» "Under the Hawthorn Tree" (8 p.m., Opening Night): Renowned film director and festival favorite Zhang Yimou will be at the screening, along with his two young leads who star in this story set in the 1970s during the Cultural Revolution involving two lovers from disparate worlds.

» "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" (9:15 p.m., Art + Design): Lost footage forms the backbone of this documentary about the leading light of the 1980s New York art scene. You can read Fashion Tribe blogger Nadine Kam's take on the film at (Also 3 p.m. tomorrow)

» "Redline" (9:30 p.m., Asian Showcase: Extreme Asia): Speaking of Pulse, our manga/anime expert Jason Yadao reviews this colorful and over-the-top action-comedy about a wild intergalactic race.

For information on tickets, call 792-1577 or visit

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