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

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and 2005.

January 28 - February 3, 2005

A slightly different format this week because Grady was called out of town.

What's playing this week, you ask. Here is a quick look.

TRAVELLERS & MAGICIANS - just admit you have never seen a film from Bhutan - while you are at it, admit that you don't even really know where Bhutan is. Well this is your chance to see one and friends who saw it at a film festival last year had only great things to say about it. It starts Friday at the Quad.

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS - my guess is any of you who plan to see this film in a theater already have - but for those cheapskates who plan to wait till the dvd rental release all I can say is don't - this needs to be seen on the big screen. It didn't get an Oscar nomination for Best Film - but then no Asian films did while four came from Europe. But we all know how great European films are these days.

And check here for an article about the Foreign Film nominations this year in The Sun from Grady:

BORN INTO THE BROTHELS - wow, this film has been held over again at Film Forum - it is great seeing a small film like this do well.

EDWARD YANG Retro - the Anthology - our favorite theater - is doing a quickie retro of four films from Yang. Yang is considered one of the best filmmakers from Taiwan or anywhere and in particular his film Yi Yi is considered a classic. It is a long film though so bring your dinner. Their schedule has changed - so don't go by their quarterly magazine. Here is the latest:

1985, 110 minutes, 16mm.
Friday, January 28 at 7:00, Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 & Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00.

1987, 120 minutes, 16mm.
Friday, January 28 at 9:30, Sunday, January 30 at 5:30 & Tuesday, February 1 at 9:30.

1982, 166 minutes, 16mm.
Saturday, January 29 at 3:00, Monday, January 31 at 7:30 & Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30.

2000, 173 minutes, 35mm.
Saturday, January 29 at 7:00, Sunday, January 30 at 8:00 & Thursday, February 3 at 7:30.

ENTER THE FAT DRAGON - for insomniacs only - this great Bruce Lee parody from another great - Sammo Hung - plays at Two Boots. It plays Saturday night (or is that Sunday morning?) at 12:15 a.m. - tell us how it is because I'll be hibernating. On Sunday they play another Bruce Lee imitation - BRUCE LEE WE MISS YOU from 1977. Here is a very lengthy review that is quite mean to it.

ImaginAsia has two films going on - Arakimentari - a documentary about a perverse Japanese photographer and a Bollywood film, Kisna - which is the latest film from Subhash Ghai - famous for his slick movies and big production values. I have heard generally positive comments but almost everyone is agog at the great performance of Antonia Bernath - a non-Indian love interest - when was the last time you saw a good performance from a white person in an Asian film?

KISNA may also be playing at the Loews State on 46th and Broadway as well as may another Bollywood film called DES HOYAA PARDES. Don't know much about this one. It's always a bit iffy to figure out what is playing at this theater so check before you go.

APPLESEED - this anime continues around town - some people say its pretty amazing - some don't - judge for yourself if you are into this kind of thing.

It's not Asian - but the film I want to see is the Limited Engagement of RAGING BULL at the gigantic screen at the Zeigfield starting 1/28.


Here are the upcoming east coast dates. After this they move westward.

Feb 25 North Star Bar/Philadelphia
Feb 26 Ottobar/Baltimore
Feb 27 Maxwell's/Hoboken
Feb 28 CBGB/New York
Mar 2 El Salon/Montreal

If you are wondering who Guitar Wolf are, go check out the over the top zombie flick Wild Zero someday.

w/Petty Booka, Titan Go King's, TsuShiMaMiRe, Puppypets and Gaijin A Go Go

Here are the upcoming east coast dates.

March 21 Sin-e/New York
March 22 Abby Lounge/Boston
March 23 St. Lawrence University/Canton, NY


2/4 NOBODY KNOWS - the Japanese film submitted to the Oscars

A retrospective assembled by the Film Society of Lincoln Center that includes Maggie Cheung's new film, CLEAN, OLD BOY, New York Asian Film Fest fave, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGENACE, MEMORIES OF MURDER, Takashi Miike's IZO and more.

The director of BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM directs a Bollywood version of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

I saw this at the ImaginAsia fund raiser last week - amazing action film on the big screen - when I left I checked for bruises this film is so physical and brutal.

Theatrical release for the animated Korean sci fi epic.

2/18 BAD GUY
A Kim Ki-Duk feature from last year, at Cinema Village. In Disturb-o-Rama.

The hit Thai movie about a real-life transsexual kickboxing champion.

3/3 SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE three day screening of Park Chan-Wook's sophomore film at BAM.

The latest from Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow...more of an action flick than a comedy, but something of a marvel of modern-day filmmaking.

From the director of AKIRA comes this steampunk adventure flick.

3/28 OLD BOY
Cannes Grand Prix winner and critical darling gets a US release.

The cracked Korean masterpiece at Film Forum. The most violent anti-violence movie ever made!

4/29 3-IRON
Kim Ki-Duk's latest festival favorite gets a NY/LA release, followed by a national roll-out.

Korean Cultural Service
The KCS will be hosting a series of DVD projections of Korean films each month, hosted by Im Hyun-Ock who is one of the producers of NOWHERE TO HIDE, Lee Myung-Se's incredible cop film.

ADDRESS UNKNOWN (Korean, 117 minutes)Thursday, January 27 @ 6:30PM
Director Kim's film after his breakthrough THE ISLE, this flick is about Koreans eking out a living next to a US military base in Korea.
Read a review:

MY MOTHER, THE MERMAID (Korean, 115 minutes)
Thursday, February 10 @ 6:30PMA charming Korean version of BACK TO THE FUTURE if it were a drama instead of a comedy, sort of.
Read a (very biased) review:

SPIDER FOREST (2004, Korea, 113 minutes)
Thursday, February 24 @ 6:30PM
Last year's festival hit, this creepy film is a moody, good-looking thriller about brain damage.
Read a review:

THREE...EXTREMES (2004, Korea/Hong Kong/Japan, 118 minutes)
Hong Kong's Fruit Chan (DURIAN, DURIAN), Korea's Park Chan-Wook (JSA, OLD BOY), and Takashi Miike (AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER) team up to make a three part horror flick. Miike's is a moody, slow-paced story about a pair of contortionists. Fruit Chan's is a body horror epic about eating dumplings made of fetuses in order to stay young, and Park Chan-Wook's is a tight, real-time thriller about a film director and a disgruntled extra.
Read a review:

REWIND (2002, Korea, 100 minutes)
A melancholy romance.Read a review:oops, couldn't find one

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