36th Hawaii International Film Festival

Date: 3 – 13 November 2016

Location: Hawaii (The Dole Cannery – Regal Cinemas, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University, Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art)

Guest: Cheng Pei Pei, Clarence Tsui, Wong Chun

Screening: Port Of Call, The Golden Era, That Demon Within, Come Drink with Me, Fires on the Plain, Inside Men, Masaan, Snap

Partners: Hawaii International Film Festival

In collaboration with one of the most prominent international film festivals, the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), the AFA Academy co-presented seven Asian titles of critical acclaim as a part of Asian Cinerama at the HIFF. The HIFF is a premiere international film festival that has established an exemplary track record of introducing Asian cinema to American and international audiences, annually attracting more than 70,000 in its audience and was attended by Samuel L. Jackson, Maggie Cheung, Zoe Bell, Ken Watanabe, Asano Tadanobu, Mabel Cheung, Hirosue Ryoko and other industry heavyweights.

The HIFF also presented the historically game-changing Hong Kong martial arts film Come Drink with Me (King Hu, 1966) and a Masterclass with the film’s lead actress Cheng Pei Pei, often regarded as the queen of martial arts. Cheng shared her illustrious life as an actress on the world stage (Golden Swallow – dir. Chang Cheh, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – dir. Ang Lee, Lilting – dir. Hong Khaou) and as the first woman wuxia/action star in film history. The masterclass was part of a retrospective dedicated to legendary Chinese filmmaker King Hu at the HIFF. There were also a discussion panel titled Hong Kong Cinema: Present and Future with Clarence Tsui (Senior Film Reviewer, The Hollywood Reporter) and up-and-coming Hong Kong director Wong Chun and scriptwriter Florence Chan of Mad World (2016).


The AFA Academy was also in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Hawaii Pacific University to present Asian film screenings for Hawaii’s local and international students to expand their film-viewing horizon.

Other Asian Cinerama
Hong Kong Striving to connect cinephiles and filmmakers across different regions in Asia and expanding the Asian film market worldwide, we hope to facilitate diverse cultural consumption within the global community through the cinematic medium.
Dubai Asian Film Awards Academy has collaborated with Dubai independent cinema Cinema Akil for the first time to host the "Asian Cinerama: Hong Kong Film Festival" in Dubai from November 10th to 16th.
Tokyo 3 latest Hong Kong films and 2 classic works of Tony Leung were screened during the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Hong Kong Eight outstanding nominated films of the 16th Asian Film Awards were screened in Hong Kong. The theatre was full for many sessions, and the atmosphere was hot!
Kuala Lumpur 7 Hong Kong films were premiered in Malaysia. Including the Asian premiere of director Keian Chui’s REMEMBER WHAT I FORGOT.
Jakarta Six Hong Kong films were shown in Indonesia. Showcase the rich and vibrant creativity of contemporary movies produced out of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Both opening and closing films of Asian Cinerama, Hokusai and Waiting for My Cup of Tea, made their Hong Kong premiere at the programme.
Warsaw The best film of the 15th Asian Film Awards "Wife of a Spy" had its grand premiere in Warsaw, and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa also participated in the online sharing session.
Toronto For the first time, Asian Cinerama was held in Toronto, allowing local audiences to watch different styles of Asian films.
Hawaii Over thousand audiences watched different Asian films through Asian Cinerama in Hawaii.

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