Friday, November 6, 2020

TwoOhSix Picks - 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival

Welcome to's coverage of the 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival. Each year in preparation for the event, HIFF programmers view some 1,000 films and choose an average of 150 features, documentaries and film shorts. From those final selections, I have selected the twenty films that you do not want to miss, Here are the 2020 HIFF TwoOhSix Picks.

Steven Yuen in Minari directed by Lee Isaac Chung

This is the 6th year as press covering the HIFF festivities from afar and of course, in a year where a pandemic has kept people home to stay safe, this was supposed to be my first time attending in person. Of course not even a pandemic could keep me from remotely covering the 40th edition of this festival which is packed with amazing movies of all shapes and sizes. That being said, this is still one of my favorite festivals and is the perfect way to end a year of film festival coverage from around the world.

TwoOhSix Picks:
  1. 76 Days / 76天 directed by Anonymous Anonymous, Weixi Chen, Hao Wu
  2. Ainu Mosir directed by Takeshi Fukunaga
  3. Ammonite directed by Francis Lee
  4. Down a Dark Stairwell directed by Ursula Liang
  5. Get the Hell Out directed by I-Fan Wang
  6. Gone with the Light / 被光抓走的人 directed by Dong Runnian
  7. Hitman: Agent Jun / 히트맨 directed by Choi Won-sub
  8. I Weirdo / 怪胎 directed by Liao Ming-Yi
  9. Keep Rolling directed by Man Lim Chung
  10. Lucky Chan-Sil / 찬실이는 복도 많지 directed by Kim Cho-hee
  11. Lumpia with a Vengeance directed by Patricio Ginelsa
  12. One Word directed by Viviana Uriona
  13. The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai / 峠 最後のサムライ directed by Takashi Koizumi
  14. PG: Psycho Goreman directed by Steven Kostanski
  15. Secret Zoo / 해치지않아 directed by Son Jae-gon
  16. Shadow in the Cloud directed by Roseanne Liang
  17. Sound of Metal directed by Darius Marder
  18. Story Game directed by Jason Lau
  19. The Swordsman / 검객 directed by Choi Jae-hoon
  20. Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku / ヲタクに恋は難しい directed by Yuichi Fukad

Movies I've Already Watched:

Please visit the official Hawaii International Film Festival website for more information on where to watch movies if you are at the festivals and how you can watch movies no matter where you are.

About HIFF:
As the vanguard forum of international cinematic achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) endeavors to recognize new and emerging talent, promote career development and original collaborations through innovative education programs, and facilitate dynamic cultural exchange through the cinema arts.

To see more reviews, interviews, and festival coverage please go to: TwoOhSix at HIFF 2020

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