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Subway Cinema Coming Attractions:
NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL - Asian Films Are Go!!! (June 16 - July 1)

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and 2005.

Sept 1 - 8, 2005


EARLY AUTUMN (Sept. 14 - January)
MOMA presents dozens of Japanese classics in new prints from the Tokyo National Film Center.

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (Sept. 24 - October 20)
SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE! THE PRESIDENT'S LAST BANG! New Hou Hsiao-hsien! Plus a 35 film Shochiku retrospective.

Another Japanese master who's rarely seen getting the deep retro treatment from Film Forum.

100 YEARS OF CHINESE CINEMA (Oct. 21 - Nov. 10)
They can't show all 100 years, but they manage to hit a lot of the highlights in this Walter Reade retro.

Japan's often-unseen master gets a full retro (well, pretty full) out at BAM.

Thailand's posh period flick about dueling xylophone players is coming from Kino this October. While it can be a little staid at times, the blazing xylophone duels are pretty hot stuff. It opens Oct. 9 on the West Coast and then comes to NYC.

THE PRESIDENT'S LAST BANG (late October? Early November)
Kino trots out this super-controversial Korean flick about the assassination of President Park back in the early 80's - starring the always-incredible Han Suk-Gyu and Baek Yoon-Sik (the CEO in SAVE THE GREEN PLANET). Totally scatological, funnier than a film about presidential assassination has any right to be, and so well-made and intense that it puts American political thrillers to shame.
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PULSE (Nov. 9)
Coming out in the fall, this is Kiyoshi Kurosawa's most accessible flick, and one of the best Japanese horror movies ever made. If you're tired of dead wet girls with long black hair then this one's for you.
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AMC EMPIRE 25 (42nd St. between 7 & 8 Aves)
2046 (2005, Hong Kong)
Wong Kar-wai's latest features Tony Leung Chiu-wai flirting with and seducing Faye Wong, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau and, most memorably, Zhang Ziyi. A spiritual successor to IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, this WKW movie represents the end of the road for the DAYS OF BEING WILD crowd.
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Film Forum
August 19 - Septemeber 15
Film Forum re-introduces us all to the movies that used to remind us of exactly why we hate our jobs: samurai movies. Your boss sucks, he asks you for ridiculous things, there's only one thing to do: bear with it and then, when it gets too much, whip out your sword and KILL EVERYONE YOU CAN FIND!!!

KILL! (1968, Japan)
Thursday, Friday and Saturday (9/1, 9/2, 9/3)
A wild 60's send-up of the samurai genre with Tatsuya Nakadai turning in a pitch perfect comic performance as a reluctant samurai. This is one of those movies where you feel like you came in during the middle for about the first 45 minutes, but eventually things start to make sense if you can go with the flow. Plus, the final showdown happens in a closet.
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HARAKIRI (1962, Japan)
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (9/4, 9/5, 9/6)
If there's one masterpiece in the line-up, this is it. Tatsuya Nakadai is a broke-ass swordsman who shows up at a clan house asking for a nice quiet place to kill himself. But when they loan him the courtyard things start turning horrific. Engrossing, and horrifying.
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ImaginAsian Theater
(239 East 59th Street, btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave)
SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (2002, Korea, 124 minutes)
You probably know Park Chan-Wook from JSA or OLDBOY, but his SYMPATHY is the most amazing, most grueling, most bestest movie he's ever made. This simple Jacobean revenge drama will test your tolerance and strain your heart but it's all in a good cause. Amidst all the stabbings, beating, drownings and electrocutions he's begging us: can't we just stop hurting each other?
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OLDBOY (2004, Korea)
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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Landmark Sunshine
2046 (2005, Hong Kong)
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Lighthouse Theater (111 E59th Street between Lexington and Park)
The New York Korean Film Festival returns, this time to the Lighthouse Theater, and with a line-up of the movies that make Korean cinema go. The list of recommendations?

BUNSHINSABA - it's ghost story set in a girls' high school, but the director has a flair for getting down and dirty, and it's surprisingly good for a horror movie, consistently delivering its pulpy punch.
SPIDER FOREST - visually gorgeous, mentally disturbing. A guy wakes up next to two dead bodies covered with spiders and, oh yeah, it looks like he killed them. No one can figure out what's going on, but the more they try the more they die. This is the kind of brainy but pretty thriller Korea has made a prime export.
GHOST HOUSE - a horror movie send-up that manages to get more laughs than it deserves. Totally ramshackle, but compelling in a "what the hell is going on" kind of way. If you liked the random Hong Kong comedies of the early 90's, this grue's for you.
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Lincoln Plaza Cinema
2046 (2005, Hong Kong)
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Loew's State Theater
BARSAAT (2005, India)
A blood and thunder melodrama that appears to be a Bollywood take on SWEET HOME ALABAMA starring Bobby Deol (king of the action flicks) and Shakti Kapoor. Worth seeing for South Africa standing in for the US.
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THE RISING (2005, India)
Starts August 12
Aamir Khan whose last mighty hit was LAGAAN, return to tell the epic tale of the Indian Mutiny under British colonial rule and the life of Mangal Pandey. All singing! All dancing! One of the most anticipated Bollywood movies of the year.
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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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Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street)
This French/Chinese film, directed by Chinese director Dai Sijie and based on his best-selling novel of the same title, is a lot better than you'd think. Combining his memories of being sent down to the countryside for re-education, his love for Western literature, and the Three Gorges Dam Project into a gorgeous, well-acted, occasionally gruesome love letter to his youth this flick is worth your time if you're into this sort of thing.
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Pioneer Two Boots
KUNG FU HUSTLE (2005, Hong Kong)
9/3 @ midnight, 9/10 @ midnight, 9/24 @ 10:45PM
Stephen Chow is god, and now you know. Not as funny or as satisfying as 2001's SHAOLIN SOCCER, this is still the most imaginative movie to hit US screens so far this year. Plot? You don't need to know the's Stephen Chow. Just go!
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Quad Cinemas
TONY TAKITANI (2005, Japan, 75 minutes)
Japanese arthouse legend, Jun Ichikawa, has crafted a slow, subdued, quiet chamber movie from a Haruki Murakami short story. If you don't like art films it's not for you, but if you love the arthouse movies then this is one of the better ones.
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