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NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL - Asian Films Are Go!!! (June 16 - July 1)

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and 2005.

March 25 - April 1
Welcome to your weekly update of Asian Entertainment in the New York Area.

Japan's Oscar submission, TWILIGHT SAMURAI, is opening in New York and Los Angeles in mid-April. Watch this space for more details. This movie is worth it.

Subway Cinema's mammoth festival dedicated to the latest and greatest Asian movies is coming to the Anthology Film Archives for its third year in a row.

In just a few weeks we'll be oozing with details, but we wanted to give you a heads up that we'll be holding the New York premiere of Zhang Yimou's (RAISE THE RED LANTERN) HERO, starring Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE). With cinematography by that Australian genius, Christopher Doyle, who shoots Wong Kar-wai's films.

It's here!!!!
Sunday, March 28 @ 2PM @ Anthology Film Archives
Subway Cinema presents:
TAOISM DRUNKARD (1983, Hong Kong, 91 minutes)
Back by popular demand! Are you brave enough to confront the weirdest martial arts movie of all time? The Yuen Clan (who are responsible for the action in CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON; THE MATRIX; and CHARLIE'S ANGELS) have made a movie that will shock the unwary! Can you stand the Little Mouse Car? Can you resist Lord Ruthless and his Flying Balls? Are you aware of the Watermelon Monster? At the screening we'll even give away free prizes!
All tickets...only $8!!!
read our review at:

American Museum of the Moving Image
PRINCESS BLADE (2002, Japan, 92 minutes)
Friday, March 26 @ 7:30PM
Hong Kong's Donnie Yen choreographs this 2002 drive-in movie. Set in the future, Yuki (the Princess Blade of the title) does a lot of sword-fighting in a series of low-budget, but well-polished action setpieces as she takes on sword-wielding, military chic clans.
More info:

Asia Society
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER...AND SPRING (2003, Korea, 103 minutes)
Friday, March 26 @ 7PM
Korea's bad boy director, Kim Ki-Duk (THE ISLE) returns with an atypically quiet film, shimmering with Buddhist calm. Highly acclaimed, the flick shows the passing of the four seasons at a floating Buddhist monastery. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the film.
Members Only
For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

Book Signing and reading:
Tuesday, March 30 @ 6:30PM
Li Cunxin is a principle dancer at the Houston ballet, but he was born to an empoverished peasant family in China, and picked to train as a dancer at the Beijing Dance Academy. This book is his memoir.
$5 students; $7 members; $12 nonmembers
For tickets, call Box Office: (212) 517-ASIA

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Monday, March 29 @ 4:30PM, 6:50PM and 9:10PM
part of "Bloody Hell: British Horror"
A lurid, "Fear the Indians" kind of horror flick purporting to be about the Thuggee cult in India, this Sadean flick serves mostly to deliver castrations and involuntary tongue removals to a titillated audience. Cut on its initial release in the UK and BANNED IN FINLAND!!!!
read a review:

Film Forum
RED PERSIMMONS (2001, Japan, 90 minutes)
Runs March 31 - April 6
A documentary about the harvesting of - you guessed it - red persimmons. Filming was started by director Ogawa Shinsuke, and completed after his death by his student Peng Xioa-lian.
Japan Society members will be admitted for member prices ($5), Monday-Friday, when they present their membership card at the Film Forum box office. Guests must pay full price, however.
more info:

Japan Society
LOVER'S KISS (2003, Japan, 114 minutes)
Friday, March 26 @ 6:30PM
Part of "From Manga to Eiga" series, this is the film version of a popular manga by Akimi Yoshida. Six high school students living in a sea side a giant robot! No, just kidding. This isn't one of those kinds of manga. In this romantic comedy, the kids fall in and out of love and in and out of friendship with each other. Some of the girls even fall in love with *gasp* other girls. Shocking.
More info:

MY HOUSE (2002, Japan, 115 minutes)
Friday, April 2 @ 6:30PM
Another in the Japan Society's "From Manga to Eiga" series. This one's about a family who has to move into a small apartment. The two brothers soon discover their sister is working in a sex shop. Audiences will be amused at how the brothers deal with this everyday situation in this bittersweet film.
more info:

Book reading:
Tuesday, March 30 @ 6:30PM
Genichiro Takahashi is Japan's hardcore literary experimentalist who, supposedly, puts Haruki Murakami to shame (according to his press material - which can be excused for not being humble). Tonight he reads from his first novel to be translated into English -- SAYONARA, GANGSTERS. He'll be joined by Beijing's avant garde filmmaker, Meng Jing-hui, of CHICKEN POETS fame.
Read an interview with Genichiro Takahashi:
read about Meng Jing-hui's career as an experimental stage director:

Korean Cultural Service
A LITTLE MONK (2002., Korea, 102 minutes
Thursday, March 25 @ 6:30PM
A DVD screening of Joo Kyung-Jung's movie about a nine-year-old orphan living at a Buddhist monastery. Bleak, but touching and sentimental, this gentle flick has received a lot of good press.
more info:
Read a glowing review at:

New Directors/New Films
March 24 - April 4
This year's festival includes two Korean movies:

UNTOLD SCANDAL (2003, South Korea, 124 minutes)
Alice Tully Hall
Monday, March 29 @ 8:45PM
MOMA @ Gramercy
Wednesday, March 31 @ 6PM
more info:

SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN, WINTER...& SPRING (2003, South Korea, 103 minutes)
Walter Reade Theater
Wednesday, March 31 @ 6PM & 8:45:PM
MOMA @ Gramercy
Thursday, April 1 @ 6PM
more info:

Tickets on sale at the Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street), call 212-875-5050, or go to for more info.

Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue @ 27th Street)
Opens March 18, 2004
I don't know if I'd call it an obsession (that's a little pejorative) but there's a long tradition of Chinese erotica and this exhibition has got it all on smutty display: from dirty Bronze Age tomb tiles, to the last skin mags. Better yet, it's sponsored by Tiger Beer, which is kind of cool. Do you see Anheuser-Busch sponsoring displays of American pornography? Uh, I mean, erotica? It's especially heartening to see this exhibit open on the heels of Hong Kong Penthouse magazine closing up in March 2004.
Tickets are $14.50 (plus tax) and $13.50 (plus tax) for students and seniors.
info: (212) 689-6337
Tix: (866) 667-3984
more info (Internet Explorer only):

*Special Notices*

BOMBAY DREAMS sneak preview
April 2, 2004
at Broadway Theater (Broadway and 53rd)
The American Indian Foundation is hosting a sneak preview of London's hit musical BOMBAY DREAMS. By Andrew Lloyd Weber, and with music by Indian composer genius, A.R. Rahman, this musical is coming to Broadway soon, but you can see it here first.
$150 - show and champagne reception
$100, $65 - show only

Contact Info:

Transplant Gallery (139 Orchard Street, 2/FL)
Ukawa Naohiro Exhibition
March 25 from 6PM - 9PM
Japanese designer and multimedia artist, Ukawa Naohiro, will be holding his first US show. A Japanese art star, he's worked with noise pioneer band, The Boredoms, and actor extraordinaire, Tadanabu Asano, directing videos and designing things.

Sedika Mojadidi is making a TV documentary on the Thai sport of Takraw. Imagine a very painful game of hackey-sack volleyball where the ball is made of hard wood. I touched a takraw ball once and it hurt a lot.
If you're a takraw enthusiast, you're nuts, but Sedika wants to speak to you. Email her at
Read more on takraw at:

YEARNING FOR THE SPIRITUAL IDEAL (Bruno Walter Auditorium, at NYPL of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza)
Saturday, March 27 @ 3PM
Vincent Warren, Curator, Bibiotheque de la Danse de l'Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec in Montreal will give an illustrated lecture on the history of Indian dance and its influence on Western dance. The program is free and open to the public.
More info:

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