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

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and 2005.

July 9 - July 14, 2005

8/5 - 8/21
Restored Shaw Brothers films come back to NYC. Nothing here hasn't already been shown, but these flicks are always worth seeing again. Go and worship.

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (2004, Japan, 119 minutes)
Exclusive engagement starts June 10, then it opens wide on June 17. This is Miyazaki's most surreal, ethereal, and strange movies. It's like watching a dream... a wet one. Literally, since it's filled with flowing rivers of slime, sweat, oil, mud and just plain old goop.
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Anthology Film Archive
THROWDOWN (2004, Hong Kong)
Friday, July 22 - Thursday, July 28 @ 7PM & 9PM (plus 3PM & 5PM on weekends)
Johnnie To's judo masterpiece doesn't need to be talked about, it just needs to be seen. One of the most unexpected, stylish and startlingly humane movies of the year. Either that, or it's just one big bore. My Subway pals and I differ sharply on this one!
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NYC's little house of art distributor gets its annual retrospective with lots of Wong Kar-wai and a little John Woo.

DERSU UZALA (1975, Japan, 137 minutes)
Monday, August 8 @ 9:15PM
Akira Kurosawa's comeback project after his suicide attempt in 1971 about good ol' Dersu Uzala, the mystical Russian guide.

THE KILLER (1990, Hong Kong, 119 minutes)
Thursday, August 11 @ 9PM
John Woo's ground-breaking romantic bloodshed flick that opened up the eyes of the West to Hong Kong's considerable charms. Danny Lee and the cha-cha Chow Yun-fat star as a cop and a hitman who don't know whether they want to kill or kiss each other.

DAYS OF BEING WILD (1991, Hong Kong, 94 minutes)
Thursday, August 11 @ 7PM
Wong Kar-wai turned into Wong Kar-wai with his second film that only runs 94 minutes but feels like an eternity of romantic swoons, dripping sweat and sexual torment. Come and get lost in it again in this big purty new print.

FALLEN ANGELS (1995, Hong Kong, 90 minutes)
Friday, August 12 @ 7PM
Wong Kar-wai's pop explosion is every idea he ever had wrapped up in a chewable, neon-streaked package and set to excite every neuron in your brain. Gorgeous to watch, hard to forget.

HAPPY TOGETHER (1997, Hong Kong, 97 minutes)
Friday, August 12 @ 9PM
One of the best romances ever made, HT is more like a scrapbook to all those faded loves of yesterday, giving you a shot of woo with a chaser of loss and longing. Leslie Cheung (RIP) and Tony Leung Chiu-wai go at it, hammer and tongs, whether they're screaming or screwing.

Asia Society
28th Asian American International Film Festival
July 15 - 31
With a presentation of Maggie Cheung's film CLEAN, as well as COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY and CENTER STAGE, plus the Japanese flick CRYING OUT LOVE IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, this festival also has a full complement of shorts, documentaries, and Asian-American films.
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Cinema Village
THE WORLD (2004, China)
Jia Zhangke, China's chronicler of the modern n' mopey set, has been winning praise for THE WORLD. A look at the tolls and triumphs of China's rapid modernization it's set inside the funhouse freakery of a giant EPCOT-type amusement park where the characters all play the fake inhabitants of other countries.
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DOING TIME, DOING VIPASSANA (1997, India, 70 minutes)
A documentary about the use of meditation in Indian prisons.
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ImaginAsian Theater
(239 East 59th Street, btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave)
OLDBOY (2003, Korea)
Daily at 10:10PM
Park Chan-Wook's most purely cinematic, chewably pulp, comic book movie. It's got more brains and more nasty secrets and satanic perversions than your average comic book inspired flick, but its cliffhanger plot and hypnotic style are the kind of thing SPIDERMAN 3 wishes it could have a little more of. Oh Dae-Su is an ordinary schlub, abducted and imprisoned for 15 years and suddenly released with a rage-induced hard-on to mess up the guy who locked him up. Then things get really twisted.
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PAHELI (2005, India)
Daily at 1:20PM, 4:10PM, 7PM
Shah Rukh Khan, India's biggest stud and the planet's only Tom Cruise now that Cruise himself has gone bonkers, stars with Rani Mukerji in this lavish period fantasy film based on an Indian classic. SRK not only wears an award-winning fake moustache, but he's not even human in this film. Of course not... he's Shah Rukh Khan.
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Loew's State Theater
SARKAR (India, 2005)
1:10PM, 3:40PM, 6:40PM, 9:40PM
See this movie. The Bollywood version of THE GODFATHER, starring legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan, and his son Abhishek Bachchan, it's directed by COMPANY's Ram Gopal Varma and it is great.
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DUS (2005, India, 170 minutes)
1:30PM, 5:15PM, 9:15PM
Not much news about this one, but it stars Sanjay Dutt and is a crime flick.

PAHELI (2005, India)
Shah Rukh Khan, India's biggest stud and the planet's only Tom Cruise now that Cruise himself has gone bonkers, stars with Rani Mukerji in this lavish period fantasy film based on an Indian classic. SRK not only wears an award-winning fake moustache, but he's not even human in this film. Of course not... he's Shah Rukh Khan.
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Museum of Modern Art
ANIME!! (July 10 – September)
A three month celebration of anime, including screenings of the big screen blockbusters like AKIRA, GHOST IN THE SHELL and MIND GAME as well as tv episodes like the great FLCL, HIS AND HER CIRCUMSTANCES and the mind-blowing EVANGELION: END OF EVANGELION.
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Museum of the Moving Image
THE WARRIOR (India/Britian, 2001, 85 minutes)
Friday, July 8 @ 7:30PM
Miramax sat on this flick for 3 years before deciding to release it. It's an action movie set in India.
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Village East
KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005, Hong Kong)
Stephen Chow is odd... oops, I mean God! Oh hell, he's both! Sony Pictures Classic releases the King of Comedy's latest flick in 2,000 theaters nationwide and you owe it to the universe to buy a ticket.
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