The Hawaii International Film Festival ended last week and here are the award winners: Korean actress now director Moon So-ri received the 2018 Halekulani Career Achievement Award. Moon was in town for her premiere of “The Running Actress.” The Best Made in Hawaii Feature Award winner is “Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable,” directed by Aaron Lieber.
Vietnam and South Korea are enjoying cultural, financial and social prosperity in recent years. There have been over 5,000 South Korean companies investing and opening offices in Vietnam. South Koreans are learning Vietnamese and Vietnamese are now flocking to South Korea to learn Korean.
South Korean singer CL, formerly with girl group 2NE1 under YG Entertainment, has just released a song in the U.S. with The Black Eyed Peas. CL is featured on the track “Dopeness,” where she solo raps in English in parts of the song and has a heavy presence in the music video. “Dopeness” has over 2.5 million views on YouTube.
A single actor or actress playing the role of two characters in the same Korean dramas is nothing new but has been a formula for success in recent years. In 2015, actress Soo Ae played two roles in K-drama “Mask,” one of a department store clerk and another as the rich daughter.
The Hawaii International Film Festival’s 38th year presented by Halekulani will be kicking off from Nov. 8-18. Executive Director Beckie Stocchetti is in her second year at the helm of HIFF and has been making strides bringing HIFF to a healthier festival financially and positioning HIFF to once again become one of the top film festivals to attend.