Popular Japanese Anime Films & Manga Series to Be Highlighted at HIFF Spring Showcase  

HONOLULU – Japanese anime & manga series film aficionados listen up! Two very popular Japanese anime movies are being featured at the 2009 HIFF Spring Showcase: SKY CRAWLERS and EVANGELION 1.0: YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE. The film festival is also showcasing a pair of live-action films based on a very popular Japanese manga series called 20TH CENTURY BOYS - PART I & PART II.

SKY CRAWLERS is screening Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and a second time on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. EVANGELION 1.0: YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE is screening Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 20TH CENTURY BOYS - PART I is screening April 6th at 6:30 p.m. and again on April 7th at 3:00 p.m. and 20TH CENTURY BOYS - PART II is screening April 7th at 6:15 p.m. and April 8th at 3:00 p.m.

The beautifully drawn anime, SKY CRAWLERS, is a futuristic tale where countries settle their differences with one another through battles in the air rather than participating in full-scale war. The pilots are called "Kildren," and have been genetically altered to never age. Top-notch Japanese fighter pilot Yuichi Kanami has just been assigned to a new air base. He has only vague memories of his past, and knows only how to fly and fight. However, when he meets Suito Kusanagi, the beautiful girl in command at the base, a disturbing new awareness of the meaninglessness of his life starts creeping into his timeless soul. The film runs 122 minutes and is in Japanese with English subtitles.

A remake of a long-running anime franchise, EVANGELION 1.0: YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE is the first of a planned four features. Part one retells roughly the first six episodes of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, including Shinji Ikari's reunion with his estranged father, Gendo Ikari, and Shinji's introduction to EVA-01, the giant robot he's destined to pilot. Key characters Misato Katsuragi and Rei Ayanami are introduced, and viewers are given their first taste of the series' famously deep storyline, which mixes science fiction, war, psychology, theology, and existentialism into a single compelling work. The film runs 98 minutes and is in Japanese with English subtitles.

The epic manga series 20TH CENTURY BOYS comes to life! Recollections of youth make the burdens of adulthood easier for Kenji, until they come back to haunt him. A plague of bizarre and dangerous events begin, and the source of these occurrences point to a comic book he and his friends created long ago and a mysterious masked man known only as Friend. Vague childhood memories hold the key to the puzzle, and Kenji must reunite with his friends to save the world. An international hit that has thrilled audiences, this mind-blowing mystery that spans the decades begins here!! The film runs 124 minutes and is in Japanese with English subtitles.

The year is now 2015, and Friend has become an ally to the world. Kenji's niece, Kanna (who holds the same rebellious spirit as her uncle) continues the fight against Friend. Yukiji watches over Kanna, but is finding it increasingly difficult to keep her safe. Things go from bad to worse however, when Yukiji and the others discover The New Book of Prophecy. In it resides plans that function as the continuation of events depicted in the original Book of Prophecy. As all the major players head toward one final confrontation, only one thing remains truly uncertain: Where is Kenji? The film runs 139 minutes and is in Japanese with English subtitles.

For press-related inquires, please contact Chimaine Pouteau at [email protected] The festival runs from April 3-9 at Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas. The program guide can be viewed at http://www.hiff.org/prog-guides.php and film images downloaded at http://picasaweb.google.com/hiff2009images.


Established in 1981, the Hawaii International Film Festival 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. HIFF is the premier international film event in the Pacific and has won the praise of governments, filmmakers, scholars, educators, programmers and film industry leaders throughout the world. For the discovery and exhibition of Asian and Pacific features, documentaries and short films in the nation, it is a primary source. The festival has premiered such movies as ONCE WERE WARRIORS, THE PIANO, SHINE, SHALL WE DANCE, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.

HIFF's major Spring Showcase sponsors include: Regal Entertainment Group, Straub, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and OrangeRoc.

The 2009 HIFF Spring Showcase will be held statewide from April 3-9 at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Cinemas and the 2009 Hawaii International Film Festival will be held October 15-25. For more information please visit out website at www.hiff.org.

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