Gadzooks! NYAFF Announces Full Line Up

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
If you're a regular reader of these here pages then you know one of our favorite events of the year is the New York Asian Film Festival, arguably the greatest showcase of contemporary Asian cinema in North America. Hot off the presses, or rather, more accurately through the fiber optic cables snaking below and that wi-fi magic cascading throughout the air, Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center present the full line up for this year's NYAFF, and boy, is it a good 'un!

Not to outdo year's past the 11th annual NYAFF looks to be extra-hefty on legendary guests and chock full of Twitch-tastic looking films. Here are a few titles we (and probably you too) are already very jazzed about: Let's Make The Teacher Have A Miscarriage Club, Starry, Starry Night, Scabbard Samurai,  and Monsters Club. The June 29th opener will be Pang Ho-cheung's Vulgaria, and the July 15th closer will be the Japanese Baseball flick Potechi (Chips). Right there in the middle, or if you wanna get fancy and say centerpiece, is Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters) & Yim Pil-Sung's (Antarctic Journal) new flick Doomsday Book plus the Chinese actioneer Guns N' Roses.  And now, here are a few faces you may wanna watch out for come festival time: Oldboy himself, Choi Min-sik, Toshiaki Toyoda, revolutionary Korean director Chung Chang-wha and yes, you're about to read this correctly, Donnie Yen. Head right on over to Subway Cinema's website for the full deets, and if you're so inclined read this press release below.


SUBWAY CINEMA and THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER

announce the full schedule for 

 

THE 11th NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

June 29 - July 15, 2012


at www.subwaycinema.com!

 

VULGARIA will be the Opening Night Presentation

DOOMSDAY BOOK and GUNS AND ROSES make their North American Premieres as the Centerpiece Selections

POTECHI (CHIPS) makes its North American Premiere as the Closing Night Presentation

 

Highlights include:

2012 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award to Chung Chang-Wha (KING BOXER, aka FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH)

2012 Star Asia Award goes to Donnie Yen

2012 Star Asia Rising Star Award goes to Michelle Chen (YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE) and Masami Nagasawa (LOVE STRIKES!)

 

Many more filmmaker appearances, including Will Yun Lee and the creative team behind Square Enix's upcoming Hong Kong cinema-inspired video game Sleeping Dogs - these guys are awesome and they're also putting on a back-to-back, tenth anniversary screening of INFERNAL AFFAIRS 1 & 2.

 

Presented in partnership between Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center with programming support from Japan Society, America's biggest festival of popular Asian film will showcase over 50 feature films and three programs of short films from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.

 

This is the big one folks! Our festival has never been more humongous!


Guests include:

 

Choi Min-Sik (Oldboy, Nameless Gangster)!

Donnie Yen (Dragon (aka Wu Xia), The Lost Bladesman)!

Pang Ho-cheung (Vulgaria, Love in the Buff)!

Chung Chang-Hwa (Five Fingers of Death, The Swift Knight)!

Michelle Chen and Giddens Ko (You Are the Apple of My Eye)!

Masami Nagasawa (Love Strikes!)!

Toshiaki Toyoda (Monsters Club)!

Yeun Sang-Ho (The King of Pigs)!

Davy Chou (Golden Slumbers)!

Grandmaster Y.K. Kim (The Miami Connection)!

Yoon Jin-Seo (Oldboy, Secret Love)!

 

Full details, full schedule, and full write-ups are live RIGHT NOW:

www.subwaycinema.com

 

This Kraken has been released!

 

NYAFF is deeply grateful for the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York, the Korean Cultural Service New York,the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York,The Kitano Hotel, Hotel Beacon, Radius, Funimation, Asian Media Rights, Manhattan Portage, Kirin, IZZE, Epic Proportions, Korean Cuisine Globalization Committee USA, Mooncake Foods, Well Go USA, China Lion, and Drafthouse Films.

 

A huge thanks to Square Enix who are supporting NYAFF in a major way as well as hosting a double screening of INFERNAL AFFAIRS 1 & 2, on the tenth anniversary of the film. Their new game, SLEEPING DOGS, is inspired in part by the IA series and it hits the street August 14 for PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC. Before the screening of IA 1 & 2 on Friday, July 6, there will be a panel with the creative team behind SLEEPING DOGS, including Stephen Van Der Mescht (THE HULK, SCARFACE), Justin Bullard (BULLY, MAX PAYNE 3), Jeff O'Connell (NEED FOR SPEED, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR), and actor Will Yun Lee (HAWAII FIVE-0, TOTAL RECALL, RED DAWN).

 

About NYAFF

Now in its 11th year, the New York Asian Film Festival is North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which the New York Times has called "...one of the city's most valuable events...".  Launched in 2002 by Subway Cinema, 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. The Festival has been produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010.


For all festival news and updates:

www.facebook.com/NYAFF

twitter: @subwaycinema, #NYAFF12

www.subwaycinema.com

 

About the Film Society of Lincoln Center

Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, currently planning its 50th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award--now named "The Chaplin Award"--to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com

 

About Japan Society

The Japan Society Film Program has offered a diverse selection of Japanese films, from classics to contemporary independent productions. The Program has included retrospectives of seminal directors, thematic series and special screenings of international, U.S. and NY premieres. Several original film series curated by Japan Society have traveled to other U.S. venues in tours organized by the Film Program. The Film Program has provided English subtitles for films which have never been screened outside of Japan. Accompanying lectures help place the films in their aesthetic and social contexts, and filmmakers often introduce and discuss their work. This year, Japan Cuts: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema (July 12-28, 2012)  is the world's largest showcase of contemporary Japanese cinema with 38  films in its line-up.

 

Around the Internet:
  • Bob Violence

    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.

    I know this is pedantic, but I have to stick up for the Canadians, who were ahead of the game where Bong and Miike were concerned. FantAsia in Montreal was the first North American festival to show a Miike film (Fudoh, in 1997); Vancouver screened Shinjuku Triad Society later that year and consistently supported him thereafter (The Bird People in China/Blues Harp/Rainy Dog in '98, with Miike himself in attendance; the international premiere of Audition in '99; three more films in 2001; etc.). Vancouver also screened Bong's shorts Incoherence and The Memories in My Frame in 1995, then Barking Dogs Never Bite in 2000 (where it won the Dragons and Tigers Award). Subway Cinema showed Barking Dogs a year later as part of the New York Korean Film Festival.

  • Joshua Chaplinsky

    Gadzooks indeed. Another year, another NYAFF. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

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