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

Visit our archive for previous editions of the NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL:
and 2005.

August 12 - August 19, 2004

Lots of events kicking off, and things coming down the road. This is a quick update, however. Expect more details next week.


August 27 ushers in an enormous Giant Monster party at the Film Forum featuring literally dozens (okay, a dozen) classic and contemporary Toho flicks. Call them kaiju eiga, if you will, but don't blame us if someone beats you up for being a dork.
More info:

There's a "Jet Li, International Martial-Arts and Action Star" retro of four films (including HERO) coming to American Museum of the Moving Image August 20-26, 2004
The others are:
Fist of Legend, Tai Chi Master and Bodyguard From Beijing. Fist of Legend is amazing - Jet Li's best film in my opinion. Tai Chi Master is a lot of fun as well and also has Michelle Yeoh along for the ride.

September 17 sees GOODBYE, DRAGON INN appear at Cinema Village.

September 18 at Nassau Coliseum and September 25 at Atlantic City sees a concert with Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani, and more! And tickets are going fast!
More details:

And September 24 sees RING-master Hideo Nakata's DARK WATER appear there, as well.

October 2 sees a Shaw Brothers retrospective at Lincoln Center.

November 12 sees a contemporary Korean Cinema retro at Lincoln Center.


ZATOICHI (2003, Japan, 116 minutes)
It’s Takeshi Kitano's latest film, and it's been earning rave reviews. Find out what Japanese cinema's been up to while you've been sleeping.
read a review:

Anthology - 2nd Ave and 2nd Street
August 16
The classic film from Akira Kurosawa plays only one time at 9:15pm

Brooklyn Academy of Music
Thru August 24
If it ain't Wong Kar-wai, it's Yasujiro Ozu. No other directors get as many retrospectives as these two. Good thing, or bad thing, there's no point in debating it, because there's no stopping it from happening. Case in point: BAM's enormous Yasujiro Ozu retrospective.
More info and details on the difference between EARLY SUMMER (1951), LATE SPRING (1949), and EARLY SPRING (1956):
An essay on the career and films of Yasujiro Ozu at:

Cinema Village
GOZU (2003, Japan, )
Takashi Miike enters David Lynch territory, albeit with better results. A yakuza kid has to kill his mentor who's gone off the deep end and thinks chihuahuas are the latest gangster killing machines. Things get stranger, and stranger, and stranger, culminating in a sex scene that will turn you off of love making for the rest of your natural existence.
read a review:

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, who also helmed the terrific Mon-Rak Transistor and 6ixtynin9, he goes all Wong Kar-Wai-ish in this dreamy and elusive film. He even uses Christopher Doyle who has been the cinematographer for most of Wong's films. This film has received nearly universal praise for good reasons.
Review from the Village Voice:

Empire 25 on 42nd Street
ZATOICHI (2003, Japan, 116 minutes)
see Angelika listing above

ImaginAsian Theater
239 East 59th Street (at Second Avenue)
Starts August 13. The line-up consists of some 15 films from a tearjerker melodramatic romance like THE CLASSIC, to a silly romance like MY LITTLE BRIDE, to a completely disfunctional marriage in A GOOD LAWYER'S WIFE, to the head banging experience of SAVE THE GREEN PLANET to our favorite films in the festival, the painfully morose MEMORIES OF MURDER, and the recent Fantiasia Film Fest award winner, THE UNINVITED. The fest plays for 7 days at ImaginAsia before moving to BAM for the final 3 days.
For more info:
and the Village Voice review:

Korean Cultural Service
August 9 - 13
INTO THE MIRROR August 12 @ 6:30PM
ACACIA, August 13 @ 6:30PM

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
ZATOICHI (2003, Japan, 116 minutes)
see Angelika listing above

Loews State (at 46th Street in the basement of the Virgin record store).
I finally had a chance to check it out and its a fun but very goofy comedy that is probably for hard-core Bollywood fans only. It takes place on the lovely island of Goa with two of Bollywood's biggest hunks - Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar and one of Bollywood's most nubile actresses, the stunning Priyanka Chopra.
For a review:

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na Pyar
Don't know much about this one yet, but it has a fabulous cast of Amitabh Bachchan (universally considered to be the greatest actor ever in India), Aishwarya Rai (considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world and she was in fact Ms. Universe) and Vivek Oberoi (the hottest young actor out of India).

From the Hindustani Times:,00110003.htm

Village East
JU-ON (2003, Japan, 92 minutes)
Now showing
Japanese horror hit, JUON, moves from the Angelika to Village East (and rumor has it that it's doing such good business that it may move to another theater soon. Don't miss it!
More on JU-ON:
Or read a review at:

Various Theaters
Anime from Japan - features a boy who must save the world from an ancient Ecyptian god, the evil Anubis. The film gets royally slammed in all 3 daily papers as being little more than an infocommercial for trading cards.

Subway Cinema will be having its last showing in their monthly Sunday Series of Hong Kong classics. Trying to source Hong Kong film prints has become extremely difficult because they have all been bought up by US distributors who then sit on them. So we decided at least for now to end this series, but we go out with a nauseous blast. Perhaps the most vile and reprehensible film of all time, EBOLA SYNDROME, is coming to town for one showing on 8/29. Don't miss Anthony Wong have sex with a dying woman and then a freezer full of raw meat, through which he infects half the world with the dreaded Ebola virus. Think of that the next time you sit down for a $30 Filet Mignon in a chic restaurant.

Special Note:
THAI TAKES (April 2005, New York City) is the second New York Thai Film Festival presented by ThaiLinks. Shorts (less than 60 min.) and feature-length (60 min. or longer) directed, produced, or principally acted by Thais or Thai diaspora or films with Thai related subject matter are eligible. Categories: shorts, experimental, animation, documentary, feature, and youth-produced (Special consideration will be given to works that reflect the Thai diaspora experience). Works must have been completed after Sept. 30, 2002.

Formats: 16 mm and 35 mm film; Beta SP (NTSC) video. VHS(NTSC) or DVD for preview.

Postmark deadlines:
early deadline, October 4, 2004; final deadline October 29, 2004.

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