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

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and 2005.

October 7 - October 14, 2004

I'm sorry, but it's official: Asian movies are the new wave. Just like French and Italian film in the 1960's remapped the way we looked at cinema, Asian film is producing the most exciting movies on the planet these days. Twenty years from now, people are going to be talking about this as a big moment in Cinema History, and you can get on the bus or stand by the side of the road. There's a big, delicious slice of the best of Asian film going on in NYC this month, so take a bite if you dare.

And just to entice you, there's free things happening for you.

First up, we're offering our readers a chance to win tickets to the NYC premiere of the remake of Takashi Shimizu's JU-ON. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Bill Pullman (and Clea Duvall!), THE GRUDGE is directed by Shimizu himself and features Americans being terrorized by dead Japanese people while living in Japan. Shimizu says that he wants to make Westerners scared to go to Japan. I'm all for that!

Go to the link below and enter your info to be put in the drawing for tickets to the NYC premiere of THE GRUDGE, with the cast and crew in attendance. It'll be on Tuesday, Oct 19 at midnight.
Put SUBCN in the promotional code box to let them know that we sent you:

Second up, we're offering an exclusive to readers of Subway Cinema News: win one of Kino's Wong Kar-wai box sets. What? Huh? I can win what?

Four of you. Will win. A Wong Kar-wai boxed set.
These are re-mastered DVDs of:

And the set includes the great documentary on the filming of HAPPY TOGETHER, "Buenos Aires Zero Degrees".

The set streets on October 19. Check it out at:

All you have to do is email for a chance to win.

Four winners will be drawn at random and the winners will be notified by email.


October 18-29 sees a really jaw-dropping line-up of Post-2000 Hong Kong movies at Lincoln Center. If you thought HK film died just because Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-fat, Jet Li and John Woo went American, you're so wrong. Make sure not to miss THROW DOWN, the judo-crazy epic from Johnnie To; GOLDEN CHICKEN with Sandra Ng as the world's happiest hooker, or INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2, which deserves the big-screen treatment.

Oct. 29th sees the much-hyped Filipino film, MAGNIFICO open at the Imaginasian theater.
Read a review:

November 12-December 2 sees a contemporary Korean Cinema retro at Lincoln Center.

December 3 sees a wide release of Zhang Yimou's HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS. This isn't as good as HERO, but it's worth watching. By any other director it would be a miracle, but it's a bit of a let-down from Zhang Yimou.


INFERNAL AFFAIRS is now playing at: the Angelika Film Center (see below), Crown New York Twin (Second Avenue and 66th Street), Loews on 34th Street, Empire 25 and Lincoln Square Cinema.

HERO is now playing at 42nd Street EWalk, 86th Street East, UA Battery Park Stadium 16, UA Union Square (see below).

AMC Empire 25 (42nd Street and 8th Avenue)
Anime fans have been making little puddles on their seats for weeks in anticipation of Mamoru Oshii's follow-up to his ground-breaking GHOST IN THE SHELL. And there's no doubt that this movie is absolutely stunning visually.
Read some reviews:

American Museum of the Moving Image
FLOATING WEEDS (1959, Japan, 119 minutes)
Saturday Oct. 9 @ 6:30PM
Sunday, Oct. 10 @ 6:30PM
Part of their subway films series, Yasujiro Ozu's FLOATING WEEDS screens. It's a classic!

Angelika Film Center
INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002, Hong Kong, 101 minutes)
Whammy! American independent crime movies don't aspire to anything more ambitious than remaking PULP FICTION and Hollywood crime films have become special effects-clogged action flicks that can be sold on the international marketplace. So who's making good crime movies these days? Everyone else. INFERNAL AFFAIRS is the most gripping and ambitious gangster flick to hit movie screens since...well, since a long time. Head down to Chinatown (or to the New York Film Festival) and check out INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2, and 3 after you've watched IA 1. It rivals the three GODFATHER flicks in terms of epic scope (and, true to form, Kelly Chen is the "in over her head" equivalent of Sofia Coppola, and part 3 is a bit of a disappointment). Action flicks don't get any smarter than this.
Read a review:
Also playing at:
Crown New York Twin (Second Avenue and 66th Street), Loews on 34th Street, Empire 25 and Lincoln Square Cinema.

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
Daily shows at 1:40PM, 3:45PM, 5:50PM, 7:50PM
Taiwan's arthouse director (does Taiwan produce anything else, these days?) Tsai Ming-liang brings his trademark silences, Buster Keaton deadpan, and drip-drip-drip constant water leakage to the world of movie love. It's the last days in the life of the Fu-Ho theater and they're screening King Hu's masterpiece, DRAGON INN. While the movie runs, lonely people meet and try to connect in the theater, the bathrooms and the ticket booths. The theater is haunted, and actors Miao Tien and Chun Shih are in the audience, watching themselves perform in the movie they made almost 40 years earlier. Some people hate this movie, but a lot of Tsai Ming-liang fans are calling it amazing.
read a review:

SILENT WATERS (2004, Pakistan)
Daily at 1:20, 3:20, 5:25 and 7:30
This film kicks off as a cross-generational comedy and darkens and chills to become an indictment of genocide. Well-acted, well-shot, and under-reviewed it's worth your time. Since we're fighting a war in Pakistan we owe it to ourselves to watch a couple of Pakistani movies, and this is a great place to start. (I strongly recommend that after you watch this movie, you go to your video store or get online and order ZINDA LASH. It's Pakistan's first horror movie, recently re-issued by Mondo Macabro, and it's a go-go dancing, B&W remake of DRACULA that manages to be crazy, cheap and addictive.)
read a review:

Crown New York Twin (Second Avenue and 66th Street)
INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002, Hong Kong, 101 minutes)

Eagle Theater (7307 37th Road Jackson Heights NY; Phone: (718) 205-2800)
Daily at 5PM and 8PM
The Eagle is way out in...Jackson Heights!!! But CHOKER BALI is worth it. A period piece, shot in Bengali and based on a classic novel, it's a sumptuous classical tragedy full of musical numbers. And it stars that star of stars, Aishwarya Rai. Call ahead to make sure it's got subtitles.
Read a review:

ImaginAsian Theater
239 East 59th Street (at Second Avenue)
ANDROMEDIA (1998, Japan, 109 minutes)
October 8 - 14 only
Takashi Miike directs a lot of movies and they range all over the map. This sci-fi flick is a teen pop star vehicle and it's an entertaining, but regular kind of flick. Well, except for the fact that Wong Kar-wai's cameraman, Christopher Doyle, plays an evil mastermind. Starring Japanese girl-pop quartet, Speed, and boy band, Da Pump.
read a review:

Loews State Theater - 46th and Broadway
Choker Bali

34th Street Loews (between 8 and 9 Avenues)
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:

New York Film Festival
October 1 - 17 at Lincoln Center

This year's festival features a strong Asian line-up as well as appearances by filmmakers, including Zhang Yimou.

Info on the festival at:

"Elegance, Passion and Cold, Hard Steel," a tribute to the Shaw Brothers Studios. This retrospective features some amazing movies you should not miss:
CLANS OF INTRIGUE is a twisted, paranoid martial arts film about conspiracies that are decades-old.
INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A CHINESE COURTESAN is the movie that inspired NAKED KILLER. Imagine NK's vicious lesbian killers in Ancient China and shot by the Shaw Brothers. Incredible!
HONG KONG NOCTURNE an all-singing, all-dancing musical melodrama the MGM way!
more info on the Shaw retro at:

UNTOLD SCANDAL (2003, Korea)
This Korean version of DANGEROUS LIASONS transports the familiar story to 18th Century Korea but remains faithful to the original. It was a huge hit when it was released last year, with its venomous vipers wrapped up in posh period costumes, eating each other alive on sumptuous sets, and it was part of last year's New York Film Festival, and has received wide critical acclaim. Plus: lots of sex! How can you not want to see this movie?
Read a review:

Union Square 14 (and other theaters)
HERO (2002, China, 98 minutes)
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.
Also playing at:
42nd Street E Walk, 86th Street East, UA Battery Park Stadium 16.

Webster Hall
Puffy AmiYumi Concert!!!
October 8 - doors open at 7PM
Japan's disco-pop super-duo, Puffy AmiYumi, are not only a cartoon coming up on the Cartoon Network, but they're a real J-pop band that's hitting Webster Hall for a concert this October. Japanese Power Pop Girl Band Madness unleashed!!!
More info:
Tickets at:

Super Special Notes!!!
You can show off how smart you are by going to book readings too! Books are those things made of paper that they sell in those Barnes and Noble stores around the coffee shops. They are very flammable, and hurt if they hit you in the head, but apart from that they aren't dangerous.

Ease yourself in slowly by going to the Barnes and Noble store at 6th Avenue and 22nd Street on October 27th @ 7PM to see Koji Suzuki read from his books. He's the guy who wrote THE RING and SPIRAL that the movies are based on.

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

Look! It's proof!
UNTOLD SCANDAL will open on October 15 at the Kew Gardens Cinema in Queens, and the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, NY.

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