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    Highlights of the 2020 New York Asian Film...

    Highlights of the 2020 New York Asian Film Festival

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    NIKKI HSIEH AND AUSTIN LIN IN IWEIRDO

    The last film I saw was the greatest delight: Liao...
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    HEAVY CRAVING 大餓 (Hsieh Pei-ju 2019)...

    HEAVY CRAVING 大餓 (Hsieh Pei-ju 2019)

    A generally good-natured, and sometimes surreal, first feature from Taiwan about acceptance of being an overweight person and other kinds of outsider. ...
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    MY PRINCE EDWARD 金都 (Norris Wong 2019)...

    MY PRINCE EDWARD 金都 (Norris Wong 2019)

    A sham marriage and a coming real marriage that might be sham; a boorish and childish and momma's boy Hong Kong boyfriend; a Mainlander who's hipper and more...
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    LINKS TO THE REVIEWS Beasts Clawing at Straws...

    LINKS TO THE REVIEWS
    Beasts Clawing at Straws 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들 (Kim Yong-hoon 2020)
    A Beloved Wife 喜劇 愛妻物語 (Shin Adachi 2019)
    Beneath the Shadow 影裏( (Ohtomo Keishi 2019)
    Dancing Mary Y ダンシング・マリ...
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    SOUL / ROH (Emir Ezwan 2019)...

    SOUL / ROH (Emir Ezwan 2019)

    A very low budget and very quiet Malaysian horror film (with wonderful music and cinematography but a rather slow pace) whose elemental and Islamic themes I'd have...
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    WILD SPARROW 野雀之詩 (Shih Li 2019)...

    WILD SPARROW 野雀之詩 (Shih Li 2019)

    A pretty, wayward young woman becomes responsible for her young son when he comes to Taipei City from the remote countryside for school, and trouble comes. A...
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    IWeirDo 怪胎 ( Liao Ming-yi 2020)...

    IWeirDo 怪胎 ( Liao Ming-yi 2020)

    A lovely and charming rom-com from Taiwan about 2 obsessive OCDers shot with iPhones. See it!
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    Victim(s)) 加害者,被害人 (Layla Zhuqing Ji 2020)...

    Victim(s)) 加害者,被害人 (Layla Zhuqing Ji 2020)

    This debut feature by young Chinese director Layla Zhuqing Ji, shot in Malaysia apparently both to avoid mainland censorship and to save money, deals...
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    FORBIDDEN DREAM 천문: 하늘에 묻는다 (Hur Jin-ho 2019)...

    FORBIDDEN DREAM 천문: 하늘에 묻는다 (Hur Jin-ho 2019)

    A colorful Korean historical costume drama about the extremely important 15th century Korean scientist-inventor-engineer Jang Yeong-sil (Choi...
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    DANCING MARY ダンシング・マリ (Sabu 2019)...

    DANCING MARY ダンシング・マリ (Sabu 2019)

    A wild genre mashup by a gonzo Japanese director, about a complicated government shopping mall project requiring demolition of a haunted Showa-era dance hall...
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    LUCKY CHAN-SIL / 찬실이는 복도 많지 (Kim Cho-hee 2019)...

    LUCKY CHAN-SIL / 찬실이는 복도 많지 (Kim Cho-hee 2019)


    Film by a former Hong Sang-soo producer about a woman who loses her job when her director dies - in a drunken wrap party like a Hong scene. ...
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    DEAR LONELINESS 致親愛的孤獨者 (Lien Chien-hung, Sunny...

    DEAR LONELINESS 致親愛的孤獨者 (Lien Chien-hung, Sunny Yu, Liao Che-yi 2019)

    Three excellent shorts by young Taiwanese directors, each of which involves a young female who is probably lonely - but the...
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    RM (Tran Thanh Huy 2019)...

    RM (Tran Thanh Huy 2019)

    Very kinetic in the streets of Ho Chi Min City, two teenage slumdogs sell lottery tickets and promote lucky numbers and get beat by their slum customers when they lose...
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    KIM JI-YOUNG: BORN 1982 / 82년생 김지영 (Kim Do-young...

    KIM JI-YOUNG: BORN 1982 / 82년생 김지영 (Kim Do-young 2019)

    Movie version of the controversial Korean #MeToo bestseller shows the systematic misogyny and paternalism that permeate even upper class...
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    MEMORIES TO CHOKE ON, DRINKS TO WASH THEM DOWN...

    MEMORIES TO CHOKE ON, DRINKS TO WASH THEM DOWN (Leung Ming-kai, Kate Reilly 2019)

    This is an odd collection of shorts - three fiction, one documentary - with a Hong Kong setting and a wealth of...
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    DETENTION 返校 (John Hsu 2019)...

    DETENTION 返校 (John Hsu 2019)

    An elegantly executed version of a videogame that refers to the nearly taboo-to-mention, horrific 40-year "White Terror" period in Taiwan's history. Won a raft of...
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    FORGIVEN CHILDREN 許された子どもたち (Naito Eisuke 2020)...

    FORGIVEN CHILDREN 許された子どもたち (Naito Eisuke 2020)

    Naito reexamines bullying in Japan, memorably, media-conscious, seeing the bully as victim.
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    DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD 死因無可疑 (Yuen Kim Wai 2019)...

    DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD 死因無可疑 (Yuen Kim Wai 2019)

    A life insurance scam story is slick Hong Kong fare but not psychologically penetrating or creepy or violent enough for fans of genre.
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    MOVING ON On 남매의 여름밤 (Yoon Dan-bi 2019)...

    MOVING ON On 남매의 여름밤 (Yoon Dan-bi 2019)

    From young first-time Korean woman director Yoon Dan-bi, this tranquil look at a moment of transition for a small family inspired by the work of Ozu won...
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    WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE 犯罪現場 (Andrew Fung 2019)...

    WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE 犯罪現場 (Andrew Fung 2019)

    Intra-police department suspicions, a red parrot that's the sole witness of a murder, and a charismatic jewel thief in hiding are some of the...
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    BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들 (Kim...

    BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS 지푸라기라도 잡고 싶은 짐승들 (Kim Yong-hoon 2020)

    A Korean genre riff on the old story of people running around after a big cache of money. The first-time director, a late bloomer...
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    ONE NIGHT ひとよ (Shiraishi Kazuya 2019)...

    ONE NIGHT ひとよ (Shiraishi Kazuya 2019)

    Continuing to focus on the Japan section of the fest. . . Wild guy Shiraishi Kazuya tries a family melodrama this time. Mom has killed the abusive dad to set...
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    MARIKO TETSUYA: MIYAMOTO 宮本から君へ (2019)...

    MARIKO TETSUYA: MIYAMOTO 宮本から君へ (2019)

    Wild manga story of a young salaryman who's over-the-top about his loyalties. Cringe-inducing but kinda heartwarming too.
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    NYAFF 2020 teaser...

    NYAFF 2020 teaser
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    THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME ある船頭の話 (Odagiri...

    THEY SAY NOTHING STAYS THE SAME ある船頭の話 (Odagiri Joe 2019)

    Odagiri, a Goth-style women's idol with many film and TV acting credits and a Japanese Wikipedia entry a mile long, directs a surprisingly...
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