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

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and 2005.

May 6, 2005 - May 12

The New York Asian Film Festival!!
The hype begins!
From June 17th to June 30th

Here are just a few titles that we will bringing to the New York Asian Film Fest. In all we will have over 25 films and it will run for 14 days! It will be at both the Anthology and at ImaginAsia this year so make sure you are at the right place!

THREE...EXTREMES (Hong Kong, 2004) - the three-part horror movie that caused a ruckus all over Asia. Featuring shorts from Park Chan-Wook (OLDBOY), Takashi Miike (ICHI THE KILLER) and Fruit Chan (DUMPLINGS), the later with cinematography by Chris Doyle, and starring Bai Ling.

KAMIKAZE GIRLS (Japan, 2004) - a Roccoco fashion conscious slacker and her biker babe best friend living in the middle of nowhere show their disgust for conformity, gross men, and off-the-rack clothing in this comedy cluster bomb. An anthem of liberation for those who'd rather die than shop at Sears.

GAGAMBOY (Philippines, 2004) - the Filipino SPIDERMAN! He doesn't swing on a web - he swings on rope! His costume is made out of junk! He lives in a slum! He fights a giant cockroach man! And his girlfriend thinks he's dumb! With great power comes great stupidity!

R-POINT (Korea, 2004) - the Vietnam War was bad, but imagine if it was a horror movie. A Korean detachment heads into the bush to investigate haunted R-Point. Once there they encounter ghosts and all kinds of craziness. I love the smell of ectoplasm in the morning!

And many more to come.

Jet Li rubs shoulders with Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman in his latest English-language outing that used to be called DANNY THE DOG, which was a much more fun title.

Thailand's madman, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, made this beautiful film with Chris Doyle, Tadanobu Asano and Takashi Miike. It's worth your time. At the Anthology.

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Pen-ek Ratanaruang's first film, from 1999, is a fast-paced caper about a secretary who gets in trouble with the mob over a box of instant noodles. Also at the Anthology.

Takeshi Kitano and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest films play the Anthology as part of a Palm Pictures weekend

Taiwanese arthouse darling, Hou Hsiao-hsien, crafted this beautiful ode to Japan's master of quiet lyricism, Yasujiro Ozu, that will play a run at the Anthology Film Archives.

Empire 25, Angelika Film Center
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KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005, Hong Kong)
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Angelika Film Center

Brooklyn Academy of Music

KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005, Hong Kong)
April 27 - May 5 @ 2:30 (Fri & Sat only), 4:40, 7:10 and 9:20
Just go!
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Village Voice Best of 2004
June 1 - 29th
Voice critics pick the best movies, and the best undistributed and undiscovered flicks of 2004. Which was last year.

CAFE LUMIERE (2004, Taiwan/Japan, 108 minutes)
Saturday, June 4 @
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan's master filmmaker, created this ode to Japan's Yasujiro Ozu starring Tadanobu Asano (ICHI THE KILLER).

THE BIG DURIAN (2003, Malaysia, 75 minutes)
Tuesday, June 14 @ 7:30PM
Amir Muhammed has been lauded as the best thing to happen to Malaysian film in a long time and here's your chance to check out the first feature from this fresh n'funky Malaysian funkmaster. It's a mockumentary about an episode in recent Malay history when a soldier ran amuck at rush hour in a city.

THE WORLD (2004, China, 139 minutes)
Friday, June 17 @ 7PM
One show only of Zhang Jiake's latest movie that played last year's New York Film Festival. Zhang looks at modern day China through the prefabricated kaleidoscope of actors at an Epcot "It's a Small World After All" style theme park.

GOODBYE DRAGON INN (2003, Taiwan, 82 minutes)
Monday, June 20 @ 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15PM
Tsai Ming-liang, the other director from Taiwan, sets his latest, water-logged movie in a decaying, haunted cinema screening its last film: King Hu's DRAGON INN.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (2004, Japan, 99 minutes)
Tuesday, June 21 @ 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15PM
The sequel to the ground-breaking anime, GHOST IN THE SHELL, isn't a patch on its predecessor but everyone agreed: it's gorgeous. See it in a movie theater, the way you should.

WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN (2004, Korea, 88 minutes)
Thursday, June 23 @ 7PM
Hong Sang-Soo is an acquired taste, but if you love this Korean director, then you REALLY love him. His latest flick is a stone-faced, subtle comedy about two guys looking for the girl they lost a long time ago.

INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002, Hong Kong, 100 minutes)
Saturday, June 26 @ 2, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15PM
Hong Kong's gobstopping thriller is the tautest, tightest, most tension-filled 100 minutes you'll experience in a theater: and hardly a single bullet gets fired. The story of a cop who goes undercover in the triads, while a triad member goes undercover in the cops, was from 2002, but it didn't open stateside until 2004. And now Martin Scorsese's remaking it with Leonardo DiCaprio (currently shooting). Forget about it. See the original.

Cinema Village

A PECK ON THE CHEEK (India, 2002)
Wednesday May 11 @ 7:30PM
Mani Ratnam is one of India's best directors, and this is a stunning musical about losing your parents, adoption, terrorism, war, refugees, and the Tamil Tigers. See it.

ImaginAsian Theater

THE TALE OF A NAUGHTY GIRL (2002, India, 91 minutes)
Now playing daily @ 12 and 6:20PM
Man is going to the moon, and all one prostitute can do is sell her young daughter to a rich guy so she can escape her lousy life. Big fun!

Japan Society
March 4 - May 27, 2005
This showcase of Japan's geekiest movies has some great surprises hidden on the inside. The flicks all deal with obsessions, pop culture, and costume fetishes.

KIZUNA parts 1 & 2 (Japan, 1994, 60 minutes)
Friday, May 13 @ 6:30PM
Two episodes of the original KIZUNA anime, newly-subtitled. What's KIZUNA? It's yaoi anime. What's yaoi anime? It's man/man love, baby, geared for female viewers. Get on over and get educated.

A2 (Japan, 2001, 131 minutes)
Friday, May 23 @ 6:30PM
A sequel to the film (which I think is a documentary) about the struggle to survive of the new incarnation of the Aum cult, who were responsible for the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. A2 follows the ex-cult members as they try to fit in.

GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (Japan, 1999, 110 minutes)
Friday, May 27 @ 6:30PM
If you're going to see one giant monster movie, make yours GAMERA 3. Introduced by Brian Camp, this is the ultimate kaiju eiga (giant monster movie) and it delivers on the promises made, but never fulfilled, by hundreds of monster movies over the years. GAMERA 3 finally satisfies all your expectations.
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Landmark Sunshine
3 IRON (Korea, 2004)
Director Kim Ki-Duk turns in his best movie since THE ISLE with 3-IRON. The story of a guy who breaks into houses and cleans them, then hooks up with a battered wife, it'll drive you crazy if you can't deal with a movie where neither main character speaks for the entire running time. But if you can go with Director Kim's kooky flow, you'll have a grand old time.
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Lincoln Plaza (Broadway btwn 62ns and 63rd)
3 IRON (Korea, 2004)

Loew's State

MAIN AISA HI HOON (2005, India, 170 minutes)
First it was Dustin Hoffman in RAIN MAN, then it was Rosie O'Donnell on RIDING THE BUS WITH MY SISTER, now it's Ajay Devgan in MAIN AISA HI HOON, a big budget Bollywood movie where the actor plays a retarded adult. This time, the li'l booger is trying to raise his 7 year old daughter by himself. But when a bad man sues him for custody, only high-powered lawyer, Sushmita Sen, can defend him in court. Oy vey.

Museum of the Moving Image

A PECK ON THE CHEEK (India, 2002)
Friday, May 6 @ 7:30PM
Mani Ratnam is one of India's best directors, and this is a stunning musical about losing your parents, adoption, terrorism, war, refugees, and the Tamil Tigers. See it.

THROWDOWN (2004, Hong Kong, 95 minutes)
Friday, May 27 @ 7:30PM
Who said pure entertainment couldn't be smart? Johnnie To's ode to judo, standing up for yourself, and figuring out what it is that you actually want, is one of the best movies of 2004. If you missed it, go see it. Guaranteed to be more entertaining than anything else currently playing.

UNKNOWN PLEASURES (2002, China, 113 minutes)
Saturday, June 11 @ 1:30PM
Zhang Jiake's first feature is all about restless youth in modern day China. And boy are they restless.

THE WORLD (2004, China, 139 minutes)
Saturday, June 11 4PM
One show only of Zhang Jiake's latest movie that played last year's New York Film Festival. Zhang looks at modern day China through the prefabricated kaleidoscope of actors at an Epcot "It's a Small World After All" style theme park.

FALLEN ANGELS (1995, Hong Kong, 95 minutes)
Sunday, June 12 @ 2PM
A much-loved and long-neglected movie by Wong Kar-wai, back when he made films that were pop-fast, and neon-furious, FALLEN ANGELS stars a bunch of Hong Kong heartthrobs (including HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGER's Takeshi Kaneshiro). Heartbreak and hitmen.

MILLENIUM MAMBO (2001, Taiwan, 105 minutes)
Sunday, June 12 @ 4PM
Hou Hsiao-hsien's movie about...who cares? It stars Shu Qi, one of the most beautiful actresses in all of Asia.

Pioneer Two Boots Theater

They didn't do that well in theaters, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're bad movies. Otomo's STEAMBOY and Tony Jaa's ONG BAK both have a lot going for them: STEAMBOY is the follow-up anime movie from the director of the ground-breaking AKIRA, and ONG BAK is the best action movie of the past several years. Check them out at midnights at Two Boots in the East Village.

Midnights: Saturday May 7, Saturday May 14, Saturday May 21, Saturday May 28
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Midnights: Friday May 6, Friday May 13, Friday May 20, Friday May 27
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Village East
A documentary about kids growing up in the Calcutta brothels, this film is saved from a myriad of sins by the fact that the director gave cameras to the kids and let them shoot photos of their own lives.
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