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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.

September 9 - September 16, 2004

The fabulous testosterone filled Thai film BANG RAJAN begins its bloody rampage at the Quad. This was the first Thai film that Subway Cinema's showed at out first New York Asian Film Festival and is still one of our favorites.

September 17, the much-anticipated, fresh-outta-Cannes, super cartoon from Japan, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE teleports itself into the Imaginasian theater.

September 17 sees Taiwanese arthouse film, GOODBYE DRAGON INN, appear like magic at Cinema Village. It's all about the last day of a movie theater that happens to be showing King Hu's martial arts epic, DRAGON INN.

September 18 rings in the TEMPTATION 2004 concert at Nassau Coliseum, then on 9/25 you can see it at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Whuzzat, you say? It's a gigantor concert that beams down the biggest stars in Bollywood for an all-signing, all-dancing, all-glitzy extravaganza. Who are the biggest stars in Bollywood? Shah Rukh Khan! Preity Zinta! Rani Mukherjee! Saif Ali Khan! And then a bunch of other people. Guaranteed to be like swimming in a big sea of cheese, in the best possible sense.
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September 24 brings Thai arthouse director, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, to the Anthology Film Archives with the release of his acclaimed ants-at-the-picnic flick, BLISSFULLY YOURS.

October 1 - 17 brings us a good Asian line-up in the New York Film Festival - see below for more details.

October 2 sees a Shaw Brothers retrospective at Lincoln Center - part of the New York Film Festival (see below).

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

WARRIORS OF HEAVEN AND EARTH (2003, Japan, 114 minutes)
Released to compete with HERO, this mainland Chinese epic Western (set in old timey time China) is a pretty drab affair. There's a certain amount of "let’s go on an epic quest" feel to it, and the performances are generally good, but after HERO, well, where's the pretty colors?
read a review:

Broadway Theater (Broadway and 53rd)
The hit British musical, BOMBAY DREAMS is chuffing along. But even a score by A.R. Rahman (including "Chaiya Chaiya" from DIL SE, and "Shakalaka Baby" from NAYAK), a role for Madhur Jaffrey, the biggest Indian cookbook writer in the West, and inflatable Ganesh statues (plus a big fountain) haven't saved it from almost unanimous critical slams. Yikes! I liked it, but I like Bollywood, and if you don't know Bollywood you probably won't like it, and who in the US knows much about Bollywood? Bolly-bummer.
Ticket info:212-239-6200

Cinema Village
JU-ON (2003, Japan, 92 minutes)
10:30PM daily
Japanese horror hit, JU-ON, just can't be killed. First it was at the Angelika, then it was at Village East, then the ImaginAsian, now it's at Cinema Village which is where movies in New York go before they die (or go to BAM).
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ImaginAsian Theater
239 East 59th Street (at Second Avenue)
Only one movie is currently running at New York's only all-Asian movie theater with the dorky name:

TAEGUKGI (2004, Korea, 145 minutes)
Saving Private Ryan for Korea, this epic war flick replicates the strengths and weaknesses of Spielberg's flick. But somehow TAEGUKGI feels more like an old time Hollywood epic, along the lines of GONE WITH THE WIND or DR. ZHIVAGO, only with more amputated limbs. The promotional effort for this movie doesn't let you know that it's not just the highest grossing movie of all time, but it made TWICE as much money in Korea as its nearest competition (the Lord of the Rings movies). That would be like an American movie making $500 million dollars, instead of leveling out at the $200 million mark which seems to be where our super-blockbusters hover these days. Searing and brutal. Well worth your $10.
Read a review:

Well it doesn't start playing until Sept 17, but tickets are on sale now for this psychedelic anime freak-out about sex robots and basset hounds.
Read some reviews:

Loew's State
Bollywood keeps on keeping on! And look, if you count THE VILLAGE (by a South Asian-American director) then it's three Indian movies playing at once. And boy, do DHOOM and RAKHT sound like the ingredients in a super-cheesy Bollywood pizza!

DHOOM (2004, India)
Abishek Bachchan (son of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan) stars in this cat n'mouse thriller about a gang of motorcycle-riding bank robbers who masquerade as pizza delivery boys. Change of pace of the Yash Raj production house which is famous for its glossy romances. Sounds like big, empty-headed fun.
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RAKHT (2004, India)
Sanjay Dutt (way too old to play this role) and Suneil Shetty star in this supernatural thriller with extra cheese. The women all wear bikini tops, the plot is insipid, the taps run hot and cold blood...does anything sound more thrilling?
Read the scathing review and then I dare you not to see it:

Quad Cinema - 13th Street
BANG RAJAN (Thailand)

Only a small village stands between the vast Burmese invading army and the fall of Siam back in the 1700's - and this village - Bang Rajan - stepped into legend with its ferocious defense of its country as every man and woman picked up a weapon and held out for weeks. Based on a true story. Extremely violent but awe inspiring.

34th Street Loews (between 8 and 9 Avenues)
TAEGUKGI (2004, Korea, 145 minutes)

New York Film Festival
October 1 - 17 at Lincoln Center
Tickets go on sale September 12
This year's festival features a pretty strong Asian line-up, and a Yasujiro Ozu retrospective (didn't BAM just do this?). Here's a rundown:

Cafe Lumiere - Hou Hsia-hsien's latest
House of Flying Daggers - the latest martial romper stomper from Zhang Yimou (HERO), who's rapidly turning into the action director to beat
Tropical Malady - Apichatpong Weerasethakul's latest brain-boggler
Woman is the Future of Man - Hong Sang-Soo's latest Korean art film
The World - from Jia Zhangke, director of Platform
All three INFERNAL AFFAIRS movies (do not miss a chance to watch 1 and 2 back-to-back)
"Elegance, Passion and Cold, Hard Steel," a tribute to the Shaw Brothers Studios

more info:

and better even more good info:

Union Square 14 (and other theaters)
HERO (2002, China, 98 minutes)
opens August 24
Right outta the New York Asian Film Festival comes Zhang Yimou's HERO, his eye-popping martial epic starring Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung and Donnie Yen. It's about two years since this movie was released everywhere else in the world, but better late than never. With cornea-blistering visuals by long-time Wong Kar-wai collaborator, Christopher Doyle, this flick is not the Second Coming, as many would have you believe, but it is an awe-inspiring spectacle on the big screen. It took a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering and pressure to get this movie released in the US at all, but bless 'em for finally doing it.

Village East
ZATOICHI (2003, Japan, 116 minutes)
Japanese auteur, Takeshi Kitano, directs and stars in this modern installment in the classic Japanese ZATOICHI series. Zato-who? Zatoichi, the blind masseur who roams Japan killing jerks when he's not relieving head and neck tension. Kitano adds in tap dancing, digital blood spray, and his own, patented deadpan morbid humor.
read a review:

Special Note:
We don't just cover New York!

Look! It's proof!
TAE GUK GI is also playing at the Movieworld at Douglaston in Queens (718-423-9200) and the Mayfair Triplex in New Jersey (865-2010).

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