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Subway Cinema News February 26 - March 4, 2004
Welcome to the fifth edition of the weekly Subway Cinema News - a guide to Asian entertainment in New York.

It's BAM-a-licious next week as the full, un-cut Hammer Studios/Shaw Brothers Kung fu vampire flick unspools on March 8: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES. This isn't the poorly chopped, deeply weird version Subway Cinema has shown in the past. This is the uncut film and it's KLASSY!

BAM also presents WHEN ANIME ATTACKS from March 10-14, featuring animation from Hayao Miyazaki and Osamu Tezuka (amongst others).

Two major events are happening this week, and if you stick your head out the window you can smell the anticipation.

On Friday, Feb. 27, HOP-FU will do their DJs vs. PRODIGAL SON thing over at the American Museum of the Moving Image.

And then on Sunday Feb. 29 (Happy Leap Year!), Subway Cinema will kick off its latest series with a screening of RIGHTING WRONGS over at the Anthology Film Archives.

The true spirit of Leap Year is all about watching people jump up in the air and kick other people in the head, and aren't we lucky that two groups are giving you the chance to celebrate the freakish "holiday" the way god intended?

As a special treat, if you were born on February 29th, bring a photo ID with your birthdate on it to the Anthology Film Archives, and we'll let you and a friend into the screening of RIGHTING WRONGS for free!

Anthology Film Archives
The Sunday Matinee returns with a vengeance as we show our favorite
movies to a disbelieving audience at the Anthology Film Archives. Up first? The classic Hong Kong action flick:

RIGHTING WRONGS (1986, Hong Kong, 92 minutes)
Sunday, February 29 @ 3:30PM
Yuen Biao is a prosecutor who's sick and tired of criminals escaping the law. Cynthia Rothrock is a cop who applies her make-up with a trowel. Together, they fight crime for ninety minutes of unending stunts, fights, car chases, and kung fu beat downs. La Rothrock and Karen Shepherd duke it out with mile-long bamboo poles! Yuen Biao dukes it out with speeding cars! The audience jumps up and down until their heads explode. This is the ultimate 80's action movie.

All tickets are only $8! Prizes will be raffled away! Celebrities will be born! Mutants who were born on February 29th will get in free with a photo ID bearing their date of birth!
This movie rocks. Really. It's not just us. Read the reviews:

American Museum of the Moving Image
Friday, February 27 @ 7:30PM
Those Hop-Fu rascals are back. DJ's IXL and Excess spin whack tracks, synchronized to sampled sequences from Sammo Hung's PRODIGAL SON. Followed by a discussion. Yo! Who needs to discuss anything? This show is rollicking, the beats are dope and the kung fu is surgical. The performance lasts 90 minutes, and tickets are $14 for the general public and $10 for Museum members.
more info:
Read a review of PRODIGAL SON:

THE LAST EMPEROR: DIRECTOR'S CUT (1987, Italy/UK/China, 219 minutes)
Sunday, February 29 @ 2:00PM
Three hours and thirty-nine minutes of Bernardo Bertolucci's epic about the last emperor of China. John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O'Toole strut their stuff, but while it's as long as a Bollywood movie, there're no song and dance sequences to get you over the humps. People consider it a masterpiece and it's really pretty on the big screen, but wouldn't you rather be watching RIGHTING WRONGS over at the Anthology Film Archives?
Read a review of the director's cut:

Asia Society
February 26-28
Gender inequality! Post-9/11 discrimination! Caste-based oppression! Shocking! Yet true! Get your dose of human rights over at the Asia Society's Human Rights Film Festival. Three feature films and a daylong documentary series from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka document the things that make people very unhappy.
$5 students; $7 members/NGOs; $10 nonmembers
more info:

Cinema Village
ROBOT STORIES (2003, USA, 85 minutes)
General Release
Greg Pak's self-distributed arthouse, sci-fi anthology film keeps on trucking. It's all about robots: androids who need love, mechanical babies, toy robot collections, and digital consciousness. Robots are cool, critics like it, and it's won a slew of film festival awards. Beep to your beep beep.
Read more at:

Japan Society
MR. POO (1953, Japan, 98 min)
Friday, March 5 @ 6:30PM (for the lecture) and 7:30PM (for the movie)
It's a movie and a lecture! The Japan Society's Spring series "From Manga to Eiga: Japanese Comic Books Live on Screen" kicks off with a screening of the funny and incisive MR. POO, directed by Kon Ichikawa, one of Japan's greatest directors. See how the working class live in postwar Japan as a math teacher nurses a secret crush on his neighbor then loses his job.
Critic and video maker, Reina Higashitani, will lecture on the influence of manga on film, and vice versa. Can you keep from giggling while she says "Mr. Poo" over and over again? The only way to find out is to buy a ticket.
more info:

Korean Cultural Service
A GOOD LAWYER'S WIFE (2003, Korea, 105 minutes)
Thursday, February 26 @ 6:30PM
One of the Korean Cultural Service's monthly DVD screenings of a Korean film. This time it's the slightly arty, slightly smutty A GOOD LAWYER'S WIFE.
read a review:
more info:

MOMA @ Gramercy Theater
February 5 - 27
MOMA's mammoth retrospective of Korea's grand master director, Im Kwon-Taek, draws to its end with even more of the great one's films. There are simply too many screenings to list here, and I'll probably get them wrong, so visit this link for a full schedule and film descriptions:

New York International Children's Film Festival 2004
Two movies of note are playing at this festival. South Korean animated film HAMMERBOY (March 7 and March 14), and the English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's PORCO ROSSO (which is the opening night film and it's already sold out)

PORCO ROSSO (1992, Japan, 93 minutes)
Friday, March 5 @ 6:00PM
Directors Guild of America Theatre (110 West 57th Street @ 6th Avenue)
Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) is Japan's greatest animator and this is his most mature movie. A pilot in the pre-WWI Adriatic becomes so disgusted with humanity that he turns into a pig. One of the greatest animated films ever made, the whole movie is suffused with a restless nostalgia as the shadow of war creeps up on an unsuspecting world that thinks the good times will go on forever. This film is also playing with the reconstruction of Salvador Dali's Disney short, DESTINO.
Like we said, it's already sold out, but the audience will mostly be children and it's easy to beat them up and take their tickets.
more info:

Tickets go on sale Friday for New Directors/New Films
New Directors/New Films runs March 24-April 4 at Lincoln Center. This year it includes only two Asian films, both from Korea:

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER AND SPRING, directed by Kim Ki-Duk, South Korea, 2003 (Sony Pictures Classics)

UNTOLD SCANDAL, directed by E J-Yong, South Korea, 2003

Look for the complete schedule and order form in Friday's New York Times, or go to for the schedule, which goes up Friday. Shows usually sell out fast, so act now if you care about getting tickets.
TICKETS ON SALE IN PERSON at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office, Broadway at 65th Street (212-875-5050).

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