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Some movie theaters are open around the state, while others remain closed. That’s the case in much of the country, but in parts of Asia more movie theaters are in use – and not just for films.

"Alone in a Movie Theater" by Studio Sarah Lou is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Date nights are not the same these days, and a full summer with no blockbuster movies or theaters to cool off in was a big change for Hawai'i. Movie theaters here are allowed to be open now, but COVID-19 restrictions across the industry are having an impact. Movie theaters and film festivals are having to pivot, as the big studios contemplate what to do with their blockbusters.

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The Golden Globes were awarded this week, giving attention to some of the best movies of 2019. A different take on Hollywood’s movie output came from China this week — and it’s a very different interpretation.

Bridging the Gap ~ November 20th ~ Cinematic Selections

Nov 20, 2019

With the Hawaii International Film Festival still in full swing, I thought it would be fun to transpose some of me favorite sounds from the screen onto the radio. Tonight, we'll take a trip through some of the best tracks from some of the best soundtracks in recent memory - showcasing the works of Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Sofia Coppola, and more.

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A new round of trade talks gets underway this week between the United States and China. One of the many topics covered by trade agreements is the movie industry. And in China, that business is undergoing some changes.

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Wikimedia Commons

President Trump spent part of his weekend golfing with Japan’s Prime Minister. Late last week, he spoke with the president of China. But the latest advance for one particular U.S. product in Asia may come from a different kind of negotiation. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Public Domain Pictures

January is a big month for the movie industry. Not necessarily for new releases, but for awards: we’re less than three weeks away from the announcement of Oscar nominations. But in China, they’re looking back at a relatively disappointing 2016. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


Disney’s movie “Moana” has opened in theaters following a wave of both praise and controversy.

The story follows an adventurous teenager who sails across the pacific on a mission to save her people. Along the way she meets the demigod Maui and discovers her identity.

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Chinese investment capital is continuing to shape the economic future in many parts of the world. On O‘ahu, China Oceanwide Holdings has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on property investment at Ko Olina and Kapolei West. And this week, there’s a new and unusual Chinese player in Hollywood. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Isaac "AYE MIRA" Sanchez / Flickr

While China’s stock market has been volatile lately, this has been a week of big business deals involving Chinese financing.  Buy-outs involving two California companies in very different lines of business underline the growing appetite for corporate acquisitions.  There’s a multi-billion dollar cash agreement for a Hollywood production company and a much smaller deal involving  a gay dating app. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


   Hawai‘i movie audiences have a reputation for being knowledgeable, with an appetite for films that has been cultivated by the Hawai‘i International Film Festival over the past 35 years.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports that this year, an effort has begun to develop local critics and writers who can help shape and expand the film scene in the islands.

The Hawai‘i International Film Festival continues through November 22nd.   For a full schedule with links, Hawai‘i International Film Festival

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   The Hawai‘i Symphony is launching a pops series that will bring live acrobats and high resolution animations to the stage along with full symphonic orchestrations.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found a gala evening is planned for the first event in the new series, “Hooray for Hollywood”.

China History Podcast
China History Podcast


  There was a notable death this week in Asia. Some media have called him the “Father of Hong Kong’s Film Industry.” But he also did much more in a colorful life that stretched over more than a century. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute..