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

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and 2005.

October 28 - November 4, 2004

There isn't much new this week - the Philippino film MAGNIFICO at Imaginasia sounds very interesting and has gotten good word of mouth. It is great to see small films like this being shown at this theater.

Every now and then when we come across a good article regarding Asian film we will share the link - this is a great overview of Asian cinema and it gives a huge thumbs up for HOUSE OF THE FLYING DAGGERS and Wong Kar-wai's latest 2046. To read it click:

November 12 - December 7 sees "The Newest Tiger: 60 Years of South Korean Cinema" kick off at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It features things like Im Kwon-Taek's latest film LOW LIFE (his 99th movie), Lee Myung-Se's NOWHERE TO HIDE (the most beautiful action movie ever made), Lee Myung-Se's FIRST LOVE (a much-loved Korean romance), Kim Ki-Young's twisted and sick 1960 THE HOUSEMAID and a ton of others. Geez, it's like Lincoln Center is on Asian steroids these days.

Friday, Nov. 26th sees a screening of last year's Korean epic limb-hacker, SWORD IN THE MOON at the American Museum of the Moving Image. It was at Cannes, and while it's not the greatest movie ever made, it's a pretty darn effective period swordplay movie with lots of spookiness and great carnage.
There'll also be some more Ozu movies at the AMMI in November.

December 3rd 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.

December 4th (Saturday) from 9:30AM - 5:30PM there's a Godzilla Symposium at the Altschul Auditorium in the International Affairs Building at Columbia U (that's 118th St. and Amsterdam Avenue). A Godzilla symposium? I can die happy!

Early December sees the release of the stunning Korean horror movie, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS. A big hit when it was released, there's going to be a number of free screenings before it comes out and you're going to get into some of them. Keep your eyes pinned to this blog.

HERO is still playing at AMC Empire 25, UA Union Square (see below).

THE GRUDGE is playing all over town. Don't miss it. This is the Hollywood remake of Japan's creepfest, JU-ON, and it's directed by the original director, it stars both of the original's creepiest stars, and it's set in the same scary Japanese house in the same scary Japan! Plus, it features the poster from THE RING. And it's actually very faithful to the original and very, very good.

AMC Empire 25 (42nd Street and 8th Avenue)
HERO (2002, China, 98 minutes)
Also playing at:
UA Union Square 14

Broadway Theater (Broadway and 53rd)
Ticket info:212-239-6200

Cinema Village
Daily at 1:45, 3:45, 5:45, 7:45; Noon on Friday and Saturday
A Mainland Chinese movie about, well, postmen. And their routes are in, well, the mountains. It's all about a postman taking a kid on his three day route through the mountains with lots of bonding on the side. If you're a sucker for father/son movies, this one will get you. Bring hankies.
Read a review:

Columbia University
GODZILLA CONQUERS THE GLOBE: Japanese Movie Monsters in International Film Art
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Through December 2004
It's back!!! We had no idea this was running through December, but you can see it now.
A big exhibition of GODZILLA film materials from around the globe. For exhibit times and how to get to the library and find the exhibit please go to the website listed below. Check out the website anyways, because if you can ignore the goofy picture of Godzilla (who looks more like the Loch Ness Monster here) you can also see a map and a case by case listing of every single object in the exhibit. And, apparently, the exhibit is BYOED (Bring Your Own Exhibit Descriptions) so make sure you print out the website as there's almost no signage at the library.
The exhibit extends through three rooms on two different floors; part of it is in the Main Reading Room of the Starr Library, which is open all day during the academic term, but the other two rooms are open only M-F 9AM - 1PM. Curated by Prof. Gregory M. Pflugfelder, who deserves a Nobel prize for his Godzilla scholarship, it'll run through May 15, and the good Prof. Pflugfelder (is that a made-up name?) is organizing a Godzilla symposium on December 4th. A Godzilla symposium?!? Could we possibly live in a better world?
more info:

ImaginAsian Theater
(239 East 59th Street, btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
MAGNIFICO (Philippines, 2004, 122 minutes)
This award-winning, much-hyped Philippino melodrama lands at the ImaginAsian for a week.
Read a review:

November 1 and 3 @ 5PM
A comedy about three women who cry professionally at funerals.
Read reviews:

IMELDA (2004, USA, 101 minutes)
Nov. 2 @ 5PM; Nov. 4 @ noon
More screenings of the documentary about Imelda Marcos that promises to go beyond the shoe collection.
read a review:

Japan Society
October 15 - December 17
Curated by brainiac, Susan Sontag, this series of hand-picked (like cherries and apples) Japanese classics features some stand-out films and some of the same-old same-old. The last time she did this it was successful. Will it be a winner again?

DRUNKEN ANGEL (Japan, 1948, 98 minutes)
Tuesday, November 2 @ 6:30 pm
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune together again. Mifune is a gangster in post-WW II Japan, dying of tuberculosis.

REPAST (Japan, 1951, 97 minutes)
Monday, November 8 @ 6:30PM
Mikio Naruse directs this movie with two of the biggest stars of the 40's and 50's, Setsuko Hara and Ken Uehara. A domestic drama.

FIRES ON THE PLANE (Japan, 1959, 105 minutes)
Monday, November 29 @ 6:30PM
Kon Ichikawa directs this grueling flick about a starved and exhausted soldier in the Philippines.

WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (Japan, 1960, 86 minutes)
Wednesday, December 1 @ 6:30PM
A childless widow works as a madam in Ginza trying to be moral while everything around her is steeped in sin.

PIGS AND BATTLESHIPS (Japan, 1961, 108 minutes)
Monday, December 6 @ 6:30PM
The great Shohei Imamura directs this black comedy about a group of gangsters that controls a town dependent on the local US military base.

HIGH AND LOW (Japan, 1963, 144 minutes)
Tuesday, December 14 @ 6:30PM
Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune together again. Kidnappers get the kid of the chauffeur not of his boss, and the boss has to make a moral choice. I just woke up. If you like BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN you'll recognize the ending of HIGH AND LOW as the source of the final scene.

More details (their regular website is currently down):

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:
Go to the website:

Union Square 14 (and other theaters)
HERO (2002, China, 98 minutes)

Village East
INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002, Hong Kong, 101 minutes)
starts on 10/22

Special Notes!!!
There's a special series at Columbia University of lectures on aspects of Japanese art and literature. They're the Donald Keene Center Special Lecture series and you can find updates at:

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