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    New York Asian Film Festival 2019

    June 28-July 14

    FESTIVAL COVERAGE THREAD

    The list includes 53 films, something like the past two years.
    This now Lincoln-Center-based series is incredible.
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    FULL LINEUP (53)
    Titles in bold are included in the Main Competition; the list excludes the secret screening.

    More detailed list of films H.E.R.E

    CHINA (11)
    Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute

    – The Crossing (Bai Xue, 2018)
    – A First Farewell (Wang Lina, 2018) – U.S. Premiere
    – If You Are Happy (Chen Xiaoming, 2019) – New York Premiere
    – Jinpa (Pema Tseden, 2018) U.S. Premiere
    – Push and Shove (Wu Nan, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – The Rib (Wei Zhang, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Savage (Cui Siwei, 2018)
    – Uncle and House (Luo Hanxing, 2019) – International Premiere
    – Winter After Winter (Xing Jian, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – White Snake (Amp Wong, Ji Zhao, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – Wushu Orphan (Huang Huang, 2018) – North American Premiere

    HONG KONG PANORAMA (10)
    Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York

    – The Attorney (Wong Kwok Fai, 2019) – International Premiere
    – The Fatal Raid (Jacky Lee, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – G Affairs (Lee Cheuk Pan, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-ping, 1993) – Tribute to Yuen Woo-ping
    – Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping, 2018) – Tribute to Yuen Woo-ping
    – The Miracle Fighters (Yuen Woo-ping, 1982) – Tribute to Yuen Woo-ping
    – Missbehavior (Pang Ho-cheung, 2019)
    – See You Tomorrow (Zhang Jiajia, 2016) – North American Premiere
    – Still Human (Oliver Siu Kuen Chan, 2018) – New York Premiere
    …and the secret screening!

    INDONESIA (1)
    – 212 Warrior (Angga Dwimas Sasongko, 2018) – North American Premiere


    LYING TO MOM

    JAPAN (11)
    – 5 Million Dollar Life (Moon Sungho, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – Complicity (Kei Chikaura, 2018) – New York Premiere
    – Dare to Stop Us (Kazuya Shiraishi, 2018) – New York Premiere
    – The Fable (Kan Eguchi, 2019) – U.S. Premiere
    – Fly Me to the Saitama (Hideki Takeuchi, 2019) – New York Premiere
    – The Gun (Take Masaharu, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Hard-Core (Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Jam (SABU, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Lying to Mom (Katsumi Nojiri, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Mr. Long (SABU, 2017)
    – Samurai Marathon (Bernard Rose, 2019) – North American Premiere

    MALAYSIA (1)
    – Walk with Me (Ryon Lee, 2019) – North American Premiere

    PHILIPPINES (2)
    – Ma (Kenneth Lim Dagatan, 2018) – International Premiere
    – Signal Rock (Chito S. Roo, 2018) – New York Premiere

    SINGAPORE (1)

    – Zombiepura (Jacen Tan, 2018) – North American Premiere


    MAGGIE

    SOUTH KOREA (9)
    Presented with the support of the Korean Cultural Center New York
    100 Years of Korean Cinema KOFIC program
    – Another Child (Kim Yoon-seok, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – Dark Figure of Crime (Kim Tae-gyoon, 2018) – New York Premiere
    – Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels (Kim Tae-yong, 2018) – U.S. Premiere
    – Maggie (Yi Ok-seop, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Money (Park Noo-ri, 2018) – New York Premiere
    – Move the Grave (Jeong Seung-o, 2018) ) – International Premiere
    – The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (Lee Min-jae, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – A Resistance (Joe Min-ho, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – Sub-Zero Wind (Kim Yu-ri, 2018) – North American Premiere

    TAIWAN (4)
    Presented with the support of Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York

    – Han Dan (Huang Chao-liang, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Show (Hsieh Nien Tsu, 2019) – North American Premiere
    – The Scoundrels (Tzu-Hsuan Hung, 2018) – North American Premiere
    – Someone in the Clouds (Mitch Lin and Gary Tseng, 2018) – International Premiere

    THAILAND (1)
    – The Pool (Ping Lumpraploeng, 2018) – North American Premiere

    VIETNAM (2)

    – Furie (Le Van Kiet, 2019)
    – Song Lang (Leon Le, 2018) – New York Premiere
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    SAMURAI MARATHON

    NYAFF (June 28-July 14) Press release.

    Here are some excerpts from the press release giving some of the main featured events.

    NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF)
    Now in its 18th year, the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which The Village Voice has called “the best film festival in New York,” and The New York Times has called “one of the city’s most valuable events.” Launched in 2002, the festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics. It was the first North American film festival to champion the works of Johnnie To, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike, and other auteurs of contemporary Asian cinema. Since 2010, it has been produced in collaboration with Film at Lincoln Center.

    NYAFF 2019 Venues:
    - Film at Lincoln Center, June 28 – July 11
    Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street

    - SVA Theatre: July 11-14
    333 West 23rd Street

    New York, NY (June 12, 2019) – Film at Lincoln Center and the New York Asian Film Foundation announce the 18th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), June 28 – July 14, 2019.

    After last year’s Savage Seventeen, this year’s program is dubbed the “Still Too Young to Die” edition with five international premieres, 23 North American premieres, four U.S. premieres, and eight New York premieres, showcasing the most exciting action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from East Asia, and bringing close to 30 directors and nine actors from Asia.

    Eighteen - Still Too Young to Die: Many will recognize the cheeky reference to NYAFF 2016 audience award winner, Kudo Kankuro’s Too Young to Die!, in which a busload of high-school students plummet to their deaths. They either end up in heaven or hell, both of which defy expectations. Graduating into adulthood, NYAFF aims to defy expectations cinematically.

    With the irreverent action-comedy stylings of the gonzo manga adaptation Fable and the singularly Singaporean zom-com Zombiepura as just two examples, NYAFF boasts both high-concept thrills and lowbrow gags. Rich contrasts can be found in deeply profound moral tales such as actor Kim Yoon-seok’s stunning directorial debut Another Child, or Huang Chao Liang’s literally explosive drama Han Dan, both in this year’s competition.

    From the deadly serious to the gleefully absurd, from the disquieting to the freaky, NYAFF continues to celebrate the most vibrant and provocative cinema out of Asia today.

    Opening Night is the North American premiere of Bernard Rose’s Samurai Marathon, featuring a star-studded cast and a score by Philip Glass. This original take on the jidaigeki (period piece) reinterprets a lesser-known real event out of history in the wake of the West’s arrival in Japan during the 1850s. Packed full of intrigue, thrills, and comic relief, and including both ninjas and royal rebels, the film is a marvelous amalgam of transnational aesthetics and distinctly Japanese genre traditions.

    The Centerpiece is the North American premiere of The Fable, directed by Kan Eguchi, who will attend the festival. The film captures the spirit that has sustained NYAFF over the years: a sprightly combination of action and pop comedy that never takes itself seriously but never completely leaves its brain at the door.

    Closing Night will be announced at a later date.

    Seven films will vie for the Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film in the third edition of the festival’s Main Competition: Moon Sungho's 5 Million Dollar Life (Japan), Kim Yoon-seok’s Another Child (South Korea), Huang Chao-liang’s Han Dan (Taiwan), Katsumi Nojiri’s Lying to Mom (Japan), Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s MA (Philippines), Yi Ok-seop’s Maggie (South Korea), and Wu Nan’s Push and Shove (China). Six of the films are North American premieres at NYAFF, with one international premiere, and six of the competition titles are feature debuts, underlining the competition’s mission to showcase new cinematic voices.

    This year’s competition jury consists of prominent personalities from the film business that bridge Asia and America: Doris Pfardrescher (President & CEO, Well Go USA), producer Guan Yadi (Wind Blast, Assembly), Tim League (CEO, Alamo Drafthouse), and actress and producer Veronica Ngo.

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    NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL at Lincoln Center JUNE 28 - JULY 14, 2019

    The Films.
    (These are short descriptions. For longer ones click on the individual films on the Film Lincoln Center site.)

    China

    Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute

    A First Farewell
    Wang Lina 2018 China 87 minutes
    This bittersweet narrative-documentary hybrid offers a precious glimpse into China’s Uighur minority through the story of a young boy. Debut director Wang Lina’s charming ode to her own hometown speaks volumes about this marginalized community.
    Showtimes
    July 11
    6:00 PM

    If You Are Happy
    Chen Xiaoming 2019 China 99 minutes
    Q&A with actress Fu Miao
    Through striking mise en scne and a vitriolic script built on cruel twists of fate, Chen Xiaoming’s film about a professor desperate to live in a school district that will guarantee a good education for his daughter, delivers a surprisingly suspenseful critique of modern society.
    Showtimes
    July 3
    7:30 PM

    Jinpa
    Pema Tseden 2018 China 103 minutes
    U.S. Premiere
    Dream and reality meld in this stark tale, produced by Wong Kar Wai, in which a stoic truck driver picks up a silver-dagger-wearing hitchhiker in the desolate Kekexili plateau and later goes looking for him, ostensibly to prevent further bloodshed.
    Showtimes
    June 29
    3:30 PM

    Push and Shove
    Wu Nan 2019 China 91 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with Wu Nan
    Well-off screenwriter Yu Feng’s cute little dog is viciously attacked by the hefty Tibetan Mastiff from next door. Perturbed and undeterred by both the police’s apathy and the neighbor’s reluctance to settle the matter properly, Yu Feng and his family embark on a complex war of attrition in a literal dog-eat-dog tale.
    Showtimes
    July 10
    9:15 PM

    The Rib
    Wei Zhang 2018 China 85 minutes
    North American Premiere
    This breakthrough film, about a 32-year-old man trying to undergo reassignment surgery, illustrates the intense stigma and obstacles that the LGBT community must face in China, offering an inside look at both the marginalized and those who condemn them.
    Showtimes
    July 5
    1:00 PM

    Savage
    Cui Siwei 2018 China 112 minutes
    Chang Chen plays the courageous cop to Liao Fan’s callous criminal, in a viscerally thrilling showdown between good and evil… and man and blizzard, which unfolds atop Mount Baekdu on the China/North Korea border, as the snowfall of a lifetime rolls in.
    Showtimes
    July 4
    7:30 PM

    Winter After Winter

    Xing Jian 2019 China 110 minutes
    North American Premiere
    During the Japanese occupation of Manchuria circa 1944, an aging father’s attempts to maintain his family line, stopping at nothing to ensure that his daughter-in-law produces a male heir. This sets the stage for an elaborate plot of subterfuge, encapsulating the struggle to persevere against oppression
    Showtimes
    July 5
    3:00 PM

    White Snake
    Amp Wong, Ji Zhao 2019 China 95 minutes
    North American Premiere
    A young woman who has lost her memory is helped by a snake catcher. In their quest to find her identity, they gradually develop feelings for each other, but just as the truth comes close, disaster looms... Embarking on a journey into the fantasy world of wuxia romance, the huge box-office success White Snake surely sets a new golden age for animated Chinese cinema.
    Showtimes
    July 7
    1:30 PM

    Wushu Orphan
    Huang Huang 2018 China 121 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with Huang Huang and actor Liu Zhihan
    Wet-behind-the-ears Lu Youhong takes a job teaching Chinese at a remote martial-arts academy, where he meets Zhang Cuishan, the only student who cares about academics. Huang Huang’s film is a beautifully poetic paean to the bittersweet pangs of growing up at any age.
    Showtimes
    June 30
    8:30 PM
    Hong Kong Panorama
    Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York

    The Attorney
    Wong Kwok Fai 2019 Hong Kong 102 minutes
    International Premiere
    Alex Fong shines as a lawyer who agrees to take the case of a young man accused of killing the daughter of Hong Kong’s richest tycoon and in the process unearths a conspiracy that may not only expose the truth behind the crime but also unravel a web of corruption.
    Showtimes
    June 29
    5:30 PM

    The Fatal Raid
    Jacky Lee 2019 Hong Kong 96 minutes
    North American Premiere
    With bad-ass modern women warriors at the forefront, director Jacky Lee effortlessly exudes the hyperbolic stylings of classic Hong Kong action, bringing back the irrepressible "girls with guns" subgenre with full bombastic force.
    Showtimes
    July 5
    8:15 PM

    G Affairs
    Lee Cheuk Pan 2018 Hong Kong 105 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with Lee Cheuk Pan and actress Hanna Chan
    An intertwining menagerie of odd souls, including a bad cop and his teenage daughter, their lovers, a cellist, and an autistic man, reflect the darker chasms of Hong Kong society in Lee Cheuk-pan’s bold and shocking debut.
    Showtimes
    July 9
    6:30 PM

    Iron Monkey

    Yuen Woo-ping 1993 Hong Kong 35mm 90 minutes
    Tribute to Master Yuen Woo-ping, with Master Yuen in attendance
    Yuen Woo-ping outdid himself with taut direction and revolutionary fight choreography for this classic from the early ’90s “New Wave” of old-school kung-fu films, featuring Donnie Yen as a man who is first mistaken for, then sent to track down and fight, the Robin Hood–style hero known as the Iron Monkey.
    Showtimes
    July 3
    10:00 PM

    Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy
    Yuen Woo-ping 2018 Hong Kong/China 108 minutes
    Q&A with Yuen Woo-ping, who will also receive the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award
    Legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping’s star-studded addition to the Ip Man universe centers on Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang), who after being defeated by Mater Ip tries to make an honest life with his young son in Hong Kong—but it’s not long before a mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.
    Showtimes
    July 1
    8:15 PM

    The Miracle Fighters
    Yuen Woo-ping 1982 Hong Kong 95 minutes
    Introduction by Yuen Woo-ping

    Kung-fu comedy master Yuen Woo-ping started added fantasy elements to the mix with this absolutely batshit-crazy cult classic. The wild and loose plot involves a Qing dynasty official in conflict with the emperor, resulting in the deaths of both his wife and the prince—and nonstop martial-arts zaniness.
    Showtimes
    July 2
    9:00 PM

    Missbehavior
    Pang Ho-cheung 2019 Hong Kong 88 minutes
    Singular auteur Pang Ho-cheung strikes again with his brilliant combination of uproarious lowbrow gags and insightful humanism, for this freewheeling tale that’s both a wild comedy built around a desperate scavenger hunt for breast milk and a look at the profundity of true friendship
    Showtimes
    July 4
    5:30 PM

    See You Tomorrow
    Zhang Jiajia 2016 China/Hong Kong 128 minutes
    North American Premiere
    This unrepentant cinematic celebration of bar culture and the emotional wreckage that goes with it plays like a drunk version of Wong Kar Wai’s classics, but set in his birthplace of Shanghai, instead of Hong Kong. A stunningly bizarre journey that defies meaning, where lost souls never quite find themselves or each other.
    Showtimes
    July 5
    5:30 PM

    Japan

    The Fable
    Kan Eguchi 2019 Japan 122 minutes
    Centerpiece Selection North American Premiere Q&A with Kan Eguchi
    An unequaled yakuza hit man known as The Fable is ordered to lay low and live a “normal life,” but while undercover is forced into action to protect a woman, in this picture-perfect antihero-comedy manga adaptation.
    Showtimes
    July 2
    6:00 PM

    Complicity
    Kei Chikaura 2018 Japan 116 minutes
    As a Chinese man working illegally in Japan acclimates to his new life with a new identity, he forms a strong bond with his mentor, while a quiet romance develops with a local woman. However, the threat of deportation always lurks around the corner...
    Showtimes
    June 29
    1:00 PM

    Dare to Stop Us
    Kazuya Shiraishi 2018 Japan 118 minutes
    Kazuya Shiraishi, who cut his teeth making exploitation pictures at Wakamatsu Productions, has now directed this rambunctious, fact-based account of one young dreamer who joins Wakamatsu in 1969 to make pinku eiga, struggling to fit into the testosterone-heavy “family” and find her own voice.
    Showtimes
    July 4
    3:00 PM

    The Gun

    Take Masaharu 2018 Japan 97 minutes
    North American Premiere
    Adapted from a prizewinning novel, this noir-tinged tale stars Nijiro Murakami as an aimless college student who stumbles upon the aftermath of a murder scene one night, and without thinking, grabs the titular weapon and keeps it safely hidden away at home. When a detective turns up at his apartment, a dangerous cat-and-mouse game ensues.
    Showtimes
    June 30
    6:15 PM

    Hard-Core

    Nobuhiro Yamashita 2018 Japan 124 minutes
    North American Premiere
    Nobuhiro Yamashita’s first sci-fi-inflected outing about sad-sack Ukon and his only friend, Ushiyama, a kindhearted oddball, who revive a rusty old robot, is also a mirthful drama about loneliness, male bonding, female lust, and doing the right thing.
    Showtimes
    June 29
    7:30 PM

    Jam
    SABU 2018 Japan 102 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with SABU
    Cult director SABU’s latest feature is an absurdist dramedy driven by random chance and fateful encounters, as three disparate characters inch closer to crossing paths.
    Showtimes
    July 8
    6:30 PM

    Lying to Mom
    Katsumi Nojiri 2018 Japan 133 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with Katsumi Nojiri
    When a doting mother learns that her son has killed himself, the shock is so great she loses consciousness and her memory of that day. Worried that the truth might prompt a relapse, her husband and daughter lie to her—and the fabrications just keep snowballing... until the family begins imploding with unspoken secrets.
    Showtimes
    July 10
    6:00 PM

    Mr. Long
    SABU 2017 Japan/Hong Kong/Taiwan 129 minutes
    Q&A with SABU
    When a job goes wrong in Tokyo, a legendary hit man takes refuge in a rundown neighborhood and is soon putting his knife to use cutting up food rather than people. But the mob is never far behind in this hitting actioner and self-actualization tale that masterfully combines punishing violence with poignant humanity.
    Showtimes
    July 8
    9:15 PM

    Samurai Marathon

    Bernard Rose 2019 Japan/UK 100 minutes
    Opening Night North American Premiere Q&A with Bernard Rose and Nana Komatsu
    British director Bernard Rose brings 1850s Japanese history to exhilarating life with this lavish jidaigeki, in which a feudal lord prepares his samurai troops for the onslaught of modernization by having them compete in a marathon—which his independent-minded daughter secretly joins in on.
    Showtimes
    June 28
    7:00 PM

    Malaysia

    Walk with Me
    Ryon Lee 2019 Malaysia 91 minutes
    North American Premiere
    Melding tragic melodrama with startling supernatural and psychological elements, this dynamic Malaysian horror film starts as a story of a bullied young female factory worker and gradually escalates into a feverish nightmare involving an evil boss, an abusive father, a sibling’s mysterious death, creepy dolls, and ghost children.
    Showtimes
    July 4
    10:00 PM
    Philippines

    MA
    Kenneth Lim Dagatan 2018 Philippines 72 minutes
    North American Premiere
    Two tragic stories of motherhood converge in Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s chilling feature debut, a phantasmagorically macabre tale of loss, sacrifice, and evil.
    Showtimes
    July 7
    9:15 PM

    Signal Rock
    Chito S. Roo 2018 Philippines 127 minutes
    North American Premiere
    What starts as a small slice of island life expands into a moving depiction of perseverance as Intoy works to help his sister win custody of her daughter from her abusive husband in a place where the only hope for women is to work in a bar or marry a rich foreigner.
    Showtimes
    July 7
    3:45 PM

    South Korea

    Another Child
    Kim Yoon-seok 2019 South Korea 96 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with Kim Yoon-seok
    In actor extraordinaire Kim Yoon-seok’s riveting directorial debut about family dysfunction, amour fou, and coming-of-age under the oddest of circumstances, a teenage girl discovers that her father is having an affair with a classmate’s mother.
    Showtimes
    July 11
    8:30 PM

    Dark Figure of Crime
    Kim Tae-gyoon 2018 South Korea 109 minutes
    A psychological game of cat and mouse plays out between a purported murderer and an agitated policeman in this fascinating police procedural, inspired by true events, that explores the dark side of human nature.
    Showtimes
    July 6
    9:00 PM

    Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels
    Tae-yong Kim Korean with English Subtitles 90 minutes
    U.S. Premiere
    The event features live traditional accompaniment performed by a 20-member ensemble from the National Gugak Center, the representative headquarters of Korean traditional performing arts, who will be playing the score for the first time in the US.
    Showtimes
    June 29
    7:00 PM

    Money
    Park Noo-ri 2018 South Korea 115 minutes
    Built around a devious scheme that serves as an indictment of avarice and materialism, the thrilling Money features rising star Ryu Jeon-yeol as a young aspiring stockbroker reaching for the golden ring, only to be shoved off his horse by an unscrupulous sociopath (Yoo Ji-tae, Oldboy).
    Showtimes
    July 6
    6:00 PM

    Move the Grave
    Jeong Seung-o 2018 South Korea 95 minutes
    International Premiere
    In this candid critique of modern society as funny as it is cruel, four bickering sisters and one nightmarish problem child take a road trip from hell after learning they have to move their father’s grave due to construction.
    Showtimes
    July 6
    4:00 PM

    The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale
    Lee Min-jae 2019 South Korea 112 minutes
    North American Premiere
    When the opportunistic Park family patriarch regains youthful vitality after a zombie bite, the get-rich-quick light bulbs go off. As the plague spreads, the more than eccentric Parks rely on outrageous feats of ingenuity to conquer the undead in hopes of turning a profit in Lee Min-jae’s action-packed and self-referential directorial debut.
    Showtimes
    July 9
    9:15 PM

    A Resistance
    Joe Min-ho 2019 South Korea 105 minutes
    North American Premiere
    In 1919, 17-year-old schoolgirl Yu Gwan-sun is thrown in jail. But Yu isn’t just any girl; she’s a fierce, independence fighter and a leading figure of the March 1st Independence Movement. This is the story of her captivity in Seodaemun Prison in Japan-ruled Seoul, where she inspires the female inmates of Prison Cell #8 never to lose hope.
    Showtimes
    June 30
    1:00 PM

    Sub-Zero Wind
    Kim Yuri 2018 South Korea 110 minutes
    North American Premiere
    Kim Yuri’s ambitious and incredibly moving feature debut follows two girls’ tumultuous lives from ages 12 to 19: Young-ha, whose father abandons her, and Mi-jin, her cousin and best friend. The two form an inseparable bond as they navigate the challenges of growing up with less-than-reliable adults as their caregivers.
    Showtimes
    July 6
    1:30 PM

    Taiwan

    Han Dan
    Huang Chao-liang 2019 Taiwan 125 minutes
    North American Premiere Q&A with Huang Chao-liang
    Set against the tradition where men seek atonement by submitting themselves to ritualized firecracker attacks (as effigies of the deity Han Dan), this eye-opening moral tale about an upstanding young man who commits a reckless act that ends in life-changing tragedy not only reveals unique aspects of Taiwanese culture but its complex psyche as well.
    Showtimes
    June 30
    3:30 PM

    It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Show
    Hsieh Nien Tsu 2019 Taiwan 103 minutes
    North American Premiere
    The unscrupulous owner of Crazy TV sets out to lower the channel’s ratings; viewership surprisingly grows, but he has something else up his sleeve. And then things get really crazy in this madcap farce, a glorious tribute to the spirit of creativity.
    Showtimes
    July 4
    12:30 PM

    The Scoundrels
    Hung Tzu-Hsuan 2018 Taiwan 104 minutes
    A former basketball star barely getting by working shady part-time jobs falls into a downward spiral of crime, treachery, and violence after he is hijacked and framed for robbery in this taut, action-packed thriller.
    Showtimes
    July 1
    6:00 PM

    Vietnam

    song Lang
    Leon Le 2018 Vietman 102 minutes
    Q&A with Leon Le
    In this mesmerizing, beautifully performed musical melodramas set in 1980s Saigon, the paths of a gangster and as singer cross, and they gradually discover they are kindred spirits.
    Showtimes
    July 7
    6:30 PM

    Free Talks & Special Events


    Masterclass with Yuen Woo-ping
    Presented by HBO
    Hong Kong action choreographer and director extraordinaire Yuen Woo-ping, perhaps best known to Western audiences for his work on The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and Kill Bill, will discuss his art and career in Asia and America. The recipient of this year’s Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award, he is also the subject of a tribute, with three of his films screening at the festival.
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    July 7
    7:30 PM

    The Terror: Infamy
    Josef Kubota Wladyka 2019 USA 50 minutes
    World Premiere
    The haunting second season of the horror-infused anthology centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community during World War II. Starring Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, Shingo Usami, and the renowned George Takei.
    Showtimes
    July 3
    6:00
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    The 2019 NYAFF Filmleaf Festival Coverage reviews begin with:

    SAMURAI MARATHON (Bernard Rose 2018)

    A Japanese samurai movie directed by a Brit known for horror and Russian-themed films is based on a fanciful story about Japan in the 1850's when Commodore Perry's arrival had disrupted the country's long isolation. An oddball feudal lord stages a marathon to inspire readiness. A spy for the shogun misinterprets this as a rebellion and mayhem ensues. A good cast, beautiful settings, and a score by Philip Glass save this from seeming just chaotic and nutty. NYAFF Opening Night Film.

    Friday, June 28, 7 pm at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center.

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    THE GUN 銃 (Masaharu Take 2018)

    This psychological thriller from Japan about an aimless university student who finds a pistol and becomes unhinged won several awards at the Tokyo Film Festival last year and is notable for the elegance of its emotionless young protagonist, played by Nijir Murakami. The always excellent Lily Franky (Shoplifters)) plays the key role of a detective.

    Sunday, June 30, 6:15 pm at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center.

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    WUSHU ORPHAN 武林孤儿 (Huang Huang 2018)

    A first film set in rural China in the Nineties. A naive young man with not much in the way of teaching credentials goes to a rural martial arts boarding school to be the instructor in Chinese, a thankless task. There is a gallery of odd characters, and one good student who hates martial arts.

    Sunday, June 30, 8:30 pm at the Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center.


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    THE SCOUNDRELS 狂徒 (Huing Tzu-hsuan 2018)

    From Taiwan, a brutal, tempestuous actioner in which a basketball star enters a life of crime after he is disgraced for attacking a spectator at a game. He becomes involved with a man who robs armored trucks carrying money. The director previously made only short films. It debuted at Busan and got a review in Hollywood Reporter.

    Showtime, NYAFF"
    Monday, July 1
    6:00 PM
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    COMPLICITY (Ken Chikaura 2018)

    Complicity is a touching, intimate study of illegal immigration - of a young Chinese man into Japan. He takes a false identity for work and becomes like family at a rural soba shop. But his status is continually in danger. Actor Lu Yulai is excellent in the lead, and ably backed by the veteran Japanese actor Tatsuya Fuji.

    NYAFF showtime:
    Saturday, June 29
    1:00 PM
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    THE FABLE (Ken Ebuchi 2019)

    A film from manga about a legendary hit man, Sato, whose boss puts him on furlough for a year to learn to "act normal." This of course could never work. A pretty woman menaced by an egotistical young ex-con (played by the extraordinary Yūya Yagira, who won Best Actor at Cannes at the age of 14 for Koreeda's Nobody Knows), forces Sato to act.

    NYFF showtime
    Tuesday, July 2
    6:00 PM
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    IF YOU ARE HAPPY 学区房72小时 (Chen Xiaoming 2019) (2019)

    Social ambition and real estate maneuvering in contemporary Shanghai. A man is willing to stop at nothing to get his little girl into a better school. A film permeated by soullessness.

    NYFF showtime
    Wednesday, July 3
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    DARE TO STOP US (Kazuya Shiraishi 2018)

    Dare to Stop Us 止められるか、俺たちを is the portrait of a moment and a group, the filmmaking team of Kōji Wakamatsu, a provocative Japanese film director, former yakuza, who made Pink eigu porn film but also radical political films. This is about Megumi, a young woman who comes to work there in the late Sixties, and the men she worked with, slept with, and got drunk with. Atmospheric study of a unique group at a special time.

    NYAFF showtime:
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    June 28 – July 11
    New York Asian Film Festival


    The New York Asian Film Festival begins today at 7 p.m. in Walter Reade Theater with Samurai Marathon.



    The 18th edition of the popular annual festival kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Bernard Rose’s star-studded Samurai Marathon. NYAFF continues with a jam-packed lineup showcasing the most exciting action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from East Asia, featuring tons of premieres, sneak previews, in-person appearances, a free master class with Yuen Woo-ping on July 2, and much more.
    Reviews will be coneinually added. The available Filmleaf Festival Coverage secteion reviews of the 2019 NYAFF so far:

    LINKS TO THE REVIEWS:
    Complicity (Ken Chikaura 2018)
    Dare to Stop Us 止められるか、俺たちを, (Kazuya Shiraishi 2018)
    Fable, The (Ken Eguchi 2019)
    Gun, The 銃 / J (Masaharu Take 2018)
    If You Are Happy 学区房72小时 (Chen Ziaoming 2018)
    Jinpa (Pema Tseden 2018)
    Money (Park Noo-ri 2019)
    Samurai Marathon (Bernard Rose 2019) Opening Night Film
    Scoundrels, The 狂徒 (Hung Tzu-hsuan 2018)
    Walk with Me (Ryon Lee 2019)
    Winter After Winter (xing Jian 2018)
    Wushu Orphan 武林孤儿 (Huang Huang 2018)

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    WALK WITH ME 雙魂 (Ryon Lee 2019)

    A shy, bespectacled young garment factory worker is menaced by everyone, boss, father, random men, querulous mom, takes refuge in a doll that may contain the malevolent ghost of her dead little brother. It's a horror movie, the Malaysian-born screenwriter-director's fourth, heavy on the melodrama but gentle with the gore, and with nice colors, green and blue predominating.

    In the New York Asian Film Festival, at Lincoln Center and 23rd St., which is now under way. It began last night.
    NYAFF Showtime:
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    Nana Komatsu (Princess Yuri in Samurai Marathon) received the 2019 Screen
    International Rising Star Award



    WINTER AFTER WINTER (Xian Jian 2019)

    The title is apt because the snow never goes out of this chilly picture. It's a depiction in intense black and white of life in Manchuria in WWII when the Japanese are desperately trying to hold onto remnants of their empire. Definitely another example like Pema Tseden's Jinpa of "slow cinema." Not for the impatient.

    Showing in the NYAFF
    NYAFF showtime:
    Friday, July 5
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    MONEY 돈 (Park Noo-ri 2019)

    A financial immorality movie in the vein of Wall Street, Boiler Room, Wolf of Wall Street, only set in Seoul's Yeouido financial district and more of a high energy crime thriller. Sharp and energetic. The young star Ryu Jun-yeol (who is actually 32 but looks like a college kid here) shows why he's getting the Rising Star Asia Award the night of this NYAFF showing and the director, who I believe is a woman, scores a creditable debut.

    Showing at the NYAFF:
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    July 6
    6:00 PM



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