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    ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL Lincoln Center JUNE 29 - JULY 15, 2018

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    Full Lineup Announced for the 17th New York Asian Film Festival

    By Jordan Raup on June 12, 2018 in NYAFF


    Beast Stalker ę 2008 Emperor Classic Films Company Limited


    LINKS TO REVIEWS:
    Age of Blood, The (Kim Hong-sun 2017)
    Blood of Wolves, The (Shiraishi Kazuya, 2018)
    Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful, The (Yang Ya-che 2017)
    BuyBust (Erik Matti 2018)
    Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Nam Ron, 2018)
    Empty Hands, The (Chapman To 2017)
    Hit the Night (Jeong Ga-young 2017)
    Inuyashiki (Shinsuke Sato 2018)
    Looking for Lucky (Jiang Jiachen 2018)
    Looming Storm, The (Doug Yue 2017)
    Microhabitat (Jeon Go-woon, 2017)
    Old Beast (Zhou Zihang 2017)
    On the Job (Erik Matti 2013)
    One Cut of the Dead (Shin'ichir˘ Ueda 2017)
    Paradox (Wilson Yip 2017)
    Respeto (Treb Monteras, 2017)
    Return, The (Malene Choi 2018)
    River's Edge (Isao Yukisada 2018)
    Sad Beauty (Bongkod Bencharongkul 2018)
    Scythian Lamb, The (Daihachi Yoshida 2017)
    Smokin' on the Moon (Kanata Wolf 2017)
    Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun 2017)


    The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema have announced the 17th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), June 29 – July 15, 2018.

    From vicious, life-destroying phone scams to balletic battles between equally corrupt cops and yakuza, NYAFF offers films that reflect on contemporary society while offering extreme genre pleasures. There are self-referential takes on cinematic zombies, existential date nights, and teens finding their own corners of the world despite familial and societal expectations. After last year’s Sweet Sixteen, this year’s program is dubbed the Savage Seventeenth edition with four world premieres, three international premieres, 21 North American premieres, three U.S. premieres, and twelve New York premieres, showcasing the most exciting comedies, dramas, thrillers, romances, horrors and arthouse films from East Asia.

    Savage Seventeen: The festival has a rich history of presenting films that deal with the social issue of teenage bullying. Many of these have proven to be launching pads for some of Asia’s biggest stars, and the subject is at the root of such modern classics as All About Lily Chou-Chou, Whispering Corridors, and Confessions. In a year when youths in the U.S. are standing their ground and demanding political change, NYAFF presents the North American premieres of three films about teenagers who just won’t take it anymore: Kim Ui-seok’s After My Death, Ogata Takaomi’s The Hungry Lion, and Naito Eisuke’s competition title Liverleaf.

    More than ever, the festival aims to show that Asia is a beacon of cinematic excitement, its films as rich in provocative artistry and as emotionally compelling as those of its Western counterpart. In the age of algorithm-dictated curation and Eurocentrism, NYAFF holds two convictions: that taste in films cannot be deduced or reduced to one’s browser history; and that the best in new cinema is rising from the East.

    Opening Night is the North American premiere of Tominaga Masanori’s Dynamite Graffiti, an unorthodox and sprightly drama based on the life and times of Japanese porn mag king Suei Akira, who cultivated future artists such as Araki Nobuyoshi and Moriyama Daido. This spirited tale of sexual exploitation is an ode to free expression, proving that the so-called "smut" of today might very well become the art of tomorrow. The film is a metaphor for the humble origins of the festival as a Chinatown-born grindhouse showcase introducing the works of Johnnie To and several of the modern masters of Korean cinema.

    Closing Night is the world premiere of Erik Matti’s BuyBust from the Philippines. On the surface, it is structured like an action film in the vein of The Raid, with superstar Anne Curtis and MMA world champion Brandon Vera as narcs taking down a drug kingpin against insurmountable odds over one unrelenting rainy night. The film employed 309 stuntmen and features a wildly ambitious three-minute, one-cut action scene. Being a Matti film, it also offers a searing perspective on the ongoing drug war and broader issues of political corruption. The director and stars will attend the screening.


    BuyBust

    The Centerpiece is the world premiere of Sunny Chan’s Men on the Dragon, starring Francis Ng and Jennifer Yu. Always central to the festival’s DNA, Hong Kong cinema demonstrates the resiliency of an industry whose identity is easily blurred with Mainland China, but on which it also exerts a considerable influence and provides storytelling expertise and craftsmanship. The film is a quintessential underdog story about a group of blue-collar workers who reluctantly join their company’s dragon boat team. A directorial debut of a veteran Hong Kong screenwriter, Chan’s film is being presented one year after NYAFF had a special focus on first-time directors from the territory. Chan and actress Jennifer Yu will be among the attending guests.

    Seven films will battle in the second edition of the festival’s re-launched Main Competition now dubbed the Tiger Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film: Shiraishi Kazuya’s Blood of Wolves (Japan), Nam Ron’s Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Malaysia), Naito Eisuke’s Liverleaf (Japan), Dong Yue’s The Looming Storm (China), Sunny Chan’s Men on the Dragon (Hong Kong), Jeon Go-woon’s Microhabitat (South Korea), and Treb Monteras’s Respeto (Philippines). Six of the seven films are receiving their North American premieres at NYAFF, with one world premiere. Four of the competition titles are debut films, reflecting the festival’s ongoing support for new directors.

    The festival honors its tradition of presenting awards to recognize outstanding talent and filmmakers from Asia that are still under the radar in the West.

    Hong Kong’s Dante Lam has been at the creative forefront of the action genre for ten years, when his psycho-thriller Beast Stalker became an instant modern classic. The festival celebrates his career by awarding him the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema and a special 10th anniversary screening of Beast Stalker on 35mm, together with his MMA drama Unbeatable and his latest film Operation Red Sea. The latter made over half a billion dollars in China to become the second highest-grossing Chinese-language film of all time, and Asia’s biggest hit of 2018. Lam attends our opening weekend to discuss his films with long-term producer Candy Leung.

    This year, the festival presents two Star Asia Awards:

    South Korea’s Kim Yun-seok is best known to North American audiences for his role as the grizzled ex-cop in 2008 serial killer thriller The Chaser. A decade on, he stands firmly in the top tier of his country’s leading men. Like his contemporaries Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-shik, he came late to movies after a background in theater. Jang Joon-hwan’s powerful drama 1987: When the Day Comes screens, in which Kim plays the frightening head of South Korea’s anti-communist bureau, hellbent on holding back the country’s democracy movement.

    Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wu‘s career has bridged independent cinema and mainstream success for 25 years. Two decades ago, he was at the forefront of a new populist independent cinema about big city life that transformed modern Chinese cinema with Zhang Yang’s Shower. He has worked with Zhang Yimou (To Live), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly), Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), and Herman Yau (Shock Wave). Xin Yukun’s part noir, part western Wrath of Silence will screen in tribute, in which his terrifying nouveau riche mining magnate falls into a trap of his own design.

    The Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Japan’s Harada Masato, a former U.S.-based film critic. He is most recognizable to Western viewers for his role as the villain Mr. Omura opposite Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. Since his debut in 1979, he has positioned himself as one of Japan’s most unique and important directors. While he has worked in nearly every genre, he is best known for tackling societal issues such as teenage prostitution, illegal immigrants, and the role of the media. Screening in the festival are his dark classic gem Kamikaze Taxi on 35mm, the recent Kakekomi (2016), a period piece about female empowerment, and his most recent historical epic Sekigahara, about the one-day battle in 1600 that defined modern Japan.

    The Screen International Rising Star Asia Award recipient will be announced at a later date.

    The Hong Kong Panorama, backbone of the festival’s programming, returns with nine features, including two world premieres: Sunny Chan’s debut Men of the Dragon and Antony Chan’s comeback House of the Rising Sons. Antony Chan is an original member of The Wynners, the popular teen-idol band of the 1970s that launched the careers of mega-stars Alan Tam and Kenny Bee. Chan, the band’s drummer, returns to the director’s chair after 26 years to present a vibrant biopic that avoids hagiography. Highlighting the miracles of motion and irresistible kinetic force that are the signature of Hong Kong cinema, is a three-film Dante Lam tribute, and an action-packed thriller run on July 4: Jonathan Li’s debut The Brink, Oxide Pang’s The Big Call, and Wilson Yip’s Paradox. Also screening is Chapman To’s family drama set in the world of karate, The Empty Hands starring Stephy Tang.

    The China section continues to take a more central role. One year ago, NYAFF committed to supporting the new generation of first-time directors emerging in Asia with the Young Blood series, focusing on Hong Kong; this year the festival shifts to Mainland China. Once again, the films are heady and diverse in subject matter, including Hunan-set, rain-drenched serial-killer thriller The Looming Storm, Inner Mongolia-set sexagenarian drama Old Beast (produced by Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai), and the razor-sharp Northeastern comedy Looking for Lucky, which revolves around a man, his father, and a missing dog. The Chinese film industry is changing fast, and trends are best reflected in where new directors are taking it. We also present films about the shifting rules of romance: Dude’s Manual and The Ex-Files 3: The Return of the Exes.


    The Looming Storm

    The New Cinema from Japan lineup is represented by one of the festival’s largest contingents of directors yet. In addition to NYAFF’s tribute to veteran director Harada Masato, the festival is bringing a group that could be described as defining a "new wave" of Japanese cinema: Naito Eisuke with his circle-of-revenge drama Liverleaf, Ogata Takaomi with experimental youth drama The Hungry Lion, Takeshita Masao with slow-burn drama The Midnight Bus, and Kanata Wolf with his slacker debut Smokin’ on the Moon. Also attending is actor Emoto Tasuku who brings his mischievous charm to the protagonist of porn publishing odyssey Dynamite Graffiti. Other highlights include Sato Shinsuke’s cross-generational superhero showdown Inuyashiki, Ueda Shinichiro’s meta zombie film homage One Cut of the Dead, and Yukisada Isao’s brutal youth drama River’s Edge.

    There are ten films in the South Korean Cinema section. This year, female-directed titles represent almost half of the NYAFF selection. They include Jeon Go-woon’s competition title Microhabitat, Yim Soon-rye’s Little Forest, and Jeong Ga-young’s Hit the Night. Actress and director Jeong’s positioning of herself as a female Hong Sang-soo—she recently starred in and directed Bitch on the Beach—is itself a critique of the macho posturing of much of South Korean cinema.

    The festival selected five films showcasing the uniqueness of Taiwan cinema and the strength of both its arthouse productions and its genre output. Of note is the North American premiere of gangster film Gatao 2: Rise of the King, poised comfortably between classic yakuza and triad movies from Japan and Hong Kong. In complete contrast is The Last Verse, which charts a romantic relationship through the turbulence of three presidential eras; it was directed by Tseng Ying-ting, one of Taiwan cinema’s freshest voices since Edward Yang.

    This year’s program features the largest Southeast Asian Vanguard selection yet, representing a fifth of the festival lineup. This region is one of the most creative corners of Asia, which NYAFF continues to champion in the film selection and guest lineup. Outside of Asia, arguably no other film event has so fully committed to exploring Southeast Asian cinema, which is at the heart of the festival’s future. Six films from the Philippines, three films from Thailand, two films from Malaysia, and one film from Indonesia will screen.

    The festival goes all-in on the Philippines with the largest lineup in NYAFF since 2013. Three strong films examine the nation’s ongoing drug war: Mikhail Red’s Neomanila, about a "mother-and-son" death squad; Treb Monteras’ Respeto, set in the milieu of rap battles; and Erik Matti’s BuyBust. There will also be a special screening of Matti’s thriller On the Job. On opening night, NYAFF hosts the world premiere of Richard Somes’s brutal We Will Not Die Tonight, starring Erich Gonzales as a stuntwoman trying to survive a single night. On a lighter note, Irene Villamor’s blockbuster (anti-)romance Sid & Aya (Not a Love Story) screens, also starring Anne Curtis from BuyBust.

    There has been a recent Malaysian New Wave reflecting the country’s societal and political changes, and it is only now reaching our cinema screens. NYAFF presents two films that would never have seen the light before 2018: police corruption thriller Crossroads: One Two Jaga and black magic thriller Dukun. The latter is the long-buried debut of top Malaysian director Dain Said, screening twelve years after its shoot was completed. Together with Brutal/Jagat (NYAFF 2016), these films hint at why Malaysian cinema is a territory to watch.

    Southeast Asian Westerns: The links between the western genre and Japanese cinema are well documented, from remakes of Akira Kurosawa’s classics to Lee Sung-il’s own remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven. But the western was also a genre embraced in Southeast Asia for decades, most recently with two Indonesian films: Mouly Surya’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (which opens in New York on June 22) and Mike Wiluan’s Buffalo Boys, which screens on the final day of the festival. Like their Northeast Asian counterparts (the Manchurian western), the genre offers tales of freedom and emancipation with Eastern heroes rising against their colonial oppressors. This year, Wisit Sasanatieng’s madcap Tears of the Black Tiger returns in a special 35mm screening.

    Young Art at NYAFF: "Safe Imagination Is Boring."
    "Safe Imagination Is Boring" is a group exhibition of 10 emerging artists who have created new work inspired by Asian cinema. The exhibition features Asian, second-generation Asian-American, and mixed-race artists.

    HBO« Free Talks at NYAFF
    This year, NYAFF presents several free talks, sponsored by HBO«, at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater. They include opportunities for NYAFF audiences to meet festival guests from Japan, China, and Southeast Asia and discuss their careers, trends, and regional genre cinema. Guest speakers include Harada Masato, Dong Yue, Xin Yukun, Erik Matti, and Mike Wiluan.

    The New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and takes place from June 29 to July 12 at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th St), and July 13 to 15 at SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd St). It is curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, deputy director Stephen Cremin, programmers Claire Marty and David Wilentz, and associate programmers Karen Severns and Mori Koichi.


    The Blood of Wolves

    FULL LINEUP (58)
    Titles in bold are included in the Main Competition; the list excludes the surprise screening.

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    CHINA (7)
    Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute
    – Dude’s Manual (Kevin Ko, 2018)
    – End of Summer (Zhou Quan, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – The Ex-Files 3: The Return of the Exes (Tian Yusheng, 2017)
    – Looking for Lucky (Jiang Jiachen, 2018) – International Premiere
    The Looming Storm (Dong Yue, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – Old Beast (Zhou Ziyang, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun, 2017) – New York Premiere

    HONG KONG PANORAMA (9)
    Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York
    – Beast Stalker (Dante Lam, 2008) – Tribute to Dante Lam
    – The Big Call (Oxide Pang, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – The Brink (Jonathan Li, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – The Empty Hands (Chapman To, 2018) – New York Premiere
    – House of the Rising Sons (Antony Chan, 2018) – World Premiere
    Men on the Dragon (Sunny Chan, 2018) – World Premiere
    – Operation Red Sea (Dante Lam, 2018) – Tribute to Dante Lam
    – Paradox (Wilson Yip, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – Unbeatable (Dante Lam, 2003) – Tribute to Dante Lam

    INDONESIA (1)
    – Buffalo Boys (Mike Wiluan, 2018) – US Premiere

    JAPAN (14)
    Blood of Wolves (Shiraishi Kazuya, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Dynamite Graffiti (Tominaga Masanori, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – The Hungry Lion (Ogata Takaomi, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – Inuyashiki (Sato Shinsuke, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Kakekomi (Harada Masato, 2015) – Tribute to Harada Masato, New York Premiere
    – Kamikaze Taxi (Harada Masato, 1995) – Tribute to Harada Masato
    Liverleaf (Naito Eisuke, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Midnight Bus (Takeshita Masao, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – One Cut of the Dead (Ueda Shinichiro, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – River’s Edge (Yukisada Isao, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – The Scythian Lamb (Yoshida Daihachi, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – Sekigahara (Harada Masato, 2017) – Tribute to Harada Masato, New York Premiere
    – Smokin’ on the Moon (Kanata Wolf, 2017) – International Premiere
    – The Third Murder (Kore-eda Hirokazu, 2017) – New York Premiere

    MALAYSIA (2)
    Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Nam Ron, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Dukun (Dain Said, 2018) – International Premiere

    PHILIPPINES (6)
    – BuyBust (Erik Matti, 2018) – Tribute to Erik Matti, World Premiere
    – Neomanila (Mikhail Red, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – On the Job (Erik Matti, 2013) – Tribute to Erik Matti
    Respeto (Treb Monteras, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – Sid & Aya: Not a Love Story (Irene Villamor, 2018) – New York Premiere
    – We Will Not Die Tonight (Richard Somes, 2018) – World Premiere

    SOUTH KOREA (10)
    – 1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joon-hwan, 2017)
    – After My Death (Kim Ui-seok, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – The Age of Blood (Kim Hong-sun, 2017) – International premiere
    – Counters (Lee Il-ha, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – Hit the Night (Jeong Ga-young, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – I Can Speak (Kim Hyeon-seok, 2017)
    – Little Forest (Yim Soon-rye, 2018) – New York Premiere
    Microhabitat (Jeon Go-woon, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – The Return (Malene Choi, 2018) – East Coast Premiere
    – What a Man Wants (Lee Byeong-hun, 2018)

    TAIWAN (5)
    – Gatao 2: Rise of the King (Yen Cheng-kuo, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – The Last Verse (Tseng Ying-ting, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – Missing Johnny (Huang Xi, 2017) – New York Premiere
    – On Happiness Road (Sung Hsin-yin, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful (Yang Ya-che, 2017) – New York Premiere

    THAILAND (3)
    – Premika (Siwakorn Jarupongpa, 2017) – North American Premiere
    – Sad Beauty (Bongkod Bencharongkul, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2000)

    The New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and takes place from June 29 to July 12 at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th St), and July 13 to 15 at SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd St). It is curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, deputy director Stephen Cremin, programmers Claire Marty and David Wilentz, and associate programmers Karen Severns and Mori Koichi.
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    THE LOOMING STORM (Doug Yue 2018)

    From China, a debut film noir that follows a deluded factory security officer who wants to be a detective investigating a serial killer. It also has a lot to say about China's brutal factory shutdowns in 1997. And it all takes place beside a dark satanic factory that's going under, swamped in constant rain. Maybe a little heavy-handed and excessive, but richly textured and with a good lead performance and very watchable - till it peters out a bit at the end. Still, a promising debut.

    Shows in the NYAFF at the Walter Reade Theater July 9, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.

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    MICROHABITAT (Jeon Go-woon 2017)

    Miso (Esom) is a spartan sybarite, a 31-year-old woman of limited means in Seoul who decides to give up her small apartment and couch surf one winter so she can afford to indulge her two favorite vices, smoking cigarettes and drinking good whisky. When her cartoonist boyfriend decides to go to Saudi Arabia for two years to save up some money, it's tough. This is a meditative character study and also a series of vignettes that show alternative lifestyles and economic levels in contemporary Korea. A slightly flawed but otherwise sparkling debut by a woman director from an independent filmmaking collective.

    Shows in the NYAFF at the Walter Reade Theater Lincoln Center July 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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    CROSSROADS: ONE TWO JAGA (Nam Rom 2017)

    This scrappy little film from Malasia mainly focuses on a low level corrupt cop and his disapproving rookie assistant anchors, sort of, a collection of subplots about immigrants and locals. It's a rough study of how cops and robbers are hard to tell apart. But there are too many plots and they become hard to tell apart too.

    Shows in the NYAFF at the Walter Reade Theater July 11, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.

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    THE BLOOD OF WOLVES (Shirashi Kazuya 2018)

    Another messy cop and a disapproving rookie sidekick, but from Japan. The cop is dealing with two rival yakuza gangs, and the rookie is undercover for Internal Affairs looking for crimes from his boss and hoping to find his notebook full of secrets. This is a return to the yakuza genre, with lots of violence and sadistic punishments, gross-out methods of murder. At over two hours this is too long, and it's doubtful there is anything new in it. Its inclusion in a film festival is, initially at least, unclear. But at times it's pretty great, nonetheless. There's considerable sophistication, and two juicy main roles the well-cast actors do full justice to.

    Showed Mon., July 2.

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    RIVER'S EDGE (Isao Yukisada 2018)

    Early Nineties Tokyo: bullying, sex, drugs, violence, and other teenage fun at a high school by the water, near a grungy industrial location. From a well-known Manga series, so the characters are shallow, but flashy. Some debt to Gregg Araki, maybe to Tim Hunter's Eighties movie.

    Showed in the NYAFF Tues., July 3.

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    RESPETO (Treb Montera 2017)

    This deeply funky movie set in the slums of Manila about a boyish would-be rapper and his unlikely elder poet mentor won the love of audience and jury at the Cinemalaya festival. Montera and his cowriter Njel De Mesa have woven a powerful myth about generations and cycles of oppression and violence. It's a passionate first film full of raw energy that blows away slicker genre efforts from Japan, Hong Kong, etc.

    Shows in the NYAFF at Walter Reade Theater July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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    LOOKING FOR LUCKY (Jiang Jiachen 2018)

    A real talent here in this feature debut, a slightly exhausting comedy rooted in the filmmaker's native area of northeastern China. Focus is a young man finishing his MA who's his prof's slave, hoping to get a secure university job by doing so. But for millennials there aren't any secure jobs anymore. Made in only 61 long takes with virtuoso improvisational performances that are as real as they are absurd.

    Showing in the NYAFF at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center on July 8 at 2:30 p.m..

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    WRATH OF SILENCE (Xin Yukun 2017)

    Young (33-year-old) Chinese filmmaker Yukun shows himself an accomplished maker of elaborate genre pictures, in this case a mix of martial arts-rich western and noir in a story of a corrupt rural mining magnate, a vengeful mute minor, and two missing kids. Good cast, good editing, good general package.

    Showing in the NYAFF at the Walter Reade Theater July 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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    PARADOX (Wilson Yip 2017)

    A typically adept Hong Kong martial arts-centric movie. It concerns a cop (Louis Ko) whose brutal reaction to his daughter's unplanned pregnancy leads her to flee to Thailand, and disappear. Ko goes looking for her and teams with local police colleagues to uncover a devious scheme to save the ailing mayor of Bangkok and an organ-stealing ring. Brutal hand-to-hand fighting features a newly buff and martial-arts-trained Ko. This is for genre fans. If offers nothing much that's new.

    Showing in the NYAFF in Lincoln Center at the Walter Reade Theater July 4 at 7:45 p.m.

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    HIT THE NIGHT (Jeong Ga-young 2017)

    Korean Actress-turned-director Jeong Ga-young plays a version of herself - a young would-be director - in a homage to Hong Sang-soo, a long night of drunken conversation. In it, Ga-young tries to seduce a young man she fancies in the pretense of interviewing him in preparing a screenplay. Reversing gender roles makes a big difference, we find.

    Showing in the NYAFF in Lincoln Center at the Walter Reade Theater July 6 at 6 p.m.

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    THE EMPTY HANDS (Chapman To 2017)

    In Hong Kong a girl's dominated by her father, a stern karate instructor. When he suddenly dies, she counts on subdividing the dojo into tiny apartments and becoming a slacker Hong Kong slumlord. Not so fast. Wait till they read the will. "One of the strangest martial arts dramas ever made," said Hollywood Reporter. But it's a lot more than that, and a charming and elegant second film by director To, as well as a career-redefining role for Stephy Tang in the lead. One of the most original and amusing of the festival.

    Showing at the Walter Reade Theater on July 6 at 8:15 p.m.

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    New York Asian Film Festival 29 June - 15 July,2018 begins today.

    "Inarguably this country’s best annual showcase of new Asian cinema, the New York Asian Film Festival is back with a vengeance, and its Savage Seventeenth edition might be the best one yet." – IndieWire

    Kicking off tonight with the North American Premiere of Dynamite Graffiti and a can't-miss after-party, the 17th edition returns with a mind-melting selection of the bold, the beautiful, the terrifying, and everything in between. Join us for 58 films, dozens of guest appearances, premieres, free talks, and much more!

    Filmleaf Festival Coverage thread for the 2018 now has 12 reviews up. More to come!



    LINKS TO THE REVIEWS:

    Age of Blood, The (Kim Hong-sun 2017)
    Blood of Wolves, The (Shiraishi Kazuya, 2018)
    Crossroads: One Two Jaga (Nam Ron, 2018)
    Empty Hands, The (Chapman To 2017)
    Hit the Night (Jeong Ga-young 2017)
    Looking for Lucky (Jiang Jiachen 2018)
    Looming Storm, The (Doug Yue 2017)
    Men on the Dragon (Sunny Chan, 2018)
    Microhabitat (Jeon Go-woon, 2017)
    Old Beast (Zhou Zihang 2017)
    One Cut of the Dead (Shin'ichir˘ Ueda 2017)
    Paradox (Wilson Yip 2017)
    Respeto (Treb Monteras, 2017)
    Return, The (Malene Choi 2018)
    River's Edge (Isao Yukisada 2018)
    Scythian Lamb, The (Daihachi Yoshida 2017)
    Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun 2017)

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    ONE CUT OF THE DEAD/KAMERA O TOMERU NO! (Shin'ichir˘ Ueda 2017)

    A funny, also virtuoso and cleverly self-referential, Japanese zombie picture, with a making-of of a making-of. The first is a single-cut, shot live on TV film called "One Cut of the Dead" ("Do Not Stop the Camera!" is the Japanese title) about the making of a cheap zombie picture that goes terribly wrong when the cast is attacked by actual zombies - but the made director goes on shooting. Part two takes us back a month earlier to the director's family and how he gets hired to do this picture, and the lives of others. Part three is a detailed making-of showing how they got around all the things that went wrong and still stayed live. Truly original, and likely to be a fave of all lovers of offbeat zombie flicks. Not to be missed!

    Showing in the NYAFF at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center on July 13 at 10:20 p.m.

    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 07-04-2018 at 01:13 AM.

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    OLD BEAST/LAO SHOU (Zhou Ziyang 2017)

    Pater familias, unrepentant rogue, gambler, trickster and former real estate mogul with cold, successful siblings who no longer need him, Lao Yang (Tu Man) is one of the loneliest guys in Chinese cinema. And that's something to see.

    Tues., 3 Jul. 2018 at 9 p.m. at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center.

    Last edited by Chris Knipp; 07-01-2018 at 01:03 AM.

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