Oct 14, 2015 | 08:43 AM EDT

'The Throne' Will Open The Hawaii International Film Festival

BY Adrienne Stanley

"The Throne"  is the opening night selection for the Hawaii International Film Festival. The 35th Hawaii International Film Festival kicks off with the critically-acclaimed period flick, which has been submitted as Korea's official entry in the foreign-language category for the 88th Academy Awards. 

Song Kang Ho (The Attorney) leads the cast as King Yeongjo, the legendary ruler who sentenced his 27-year-old son, Crown Prince Sado, to be die by starvation while locked in a rice chest, after he was deemed incapable of the ascending the throne. 

"The Throne" marks the second critically-acclaimed film within the past year for actor Yoo Ah In (Six Flying Dragons), who also portrays Jo Tae Oh in the crime blockbuster, "Veteran." 

The cast is rounded out by Moon Geun Young (The Village: Achriara's Secret), who portrays Lady Hyegyeong and Jin Ji Hee (Seonam High School Investigators). Acclaimed star, So Ji Sub, also appears with a cameo role. 

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The Hawaii International Film Festival will feature a Spotlight on Korea, which includes six of the most dynamic movies of the past year.  Global festival favorites like "Veteran," "Assassination," "Madonna," "Wonderful Nightmare" are joined by "The Unfair" and "Right Now, Right Then." 

"Office," starring Go Ah Sung is included in the HIFF Extreme lineup, while "It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong" starring Korean-American actress Jamie Chung is recognized in the North American cinema category. 

Advance ticket sales for members begin on October 16, with availability to the general public on October 18. 

The Hawaii International Film Festival will be held from November 12 through 22. 

Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor at KDramaStars. She is also a contributing music writer at KpopStarz, MTV Iggy and other publications. When she is not listening to "We Like 2 Party," she can be found on Twitter. (@retrogirladdy).  

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