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

Visit our archive for previous editions of the NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL:
and 2005.

May 25 - June 1, 2006


Go to the Lincoln Center Festival for Asian music, dance and theater!

From July 10th through 30th, the Lincoln Center Festival brings extraordinary Asian performers to America. The hippest artists in Bangkok converge in New York on July 28th and 29th for Ramakien: A Rak Opera, a radical and lusty re-telling of the timeless Thai masterpiece The Ramayana. Filmmakers, visual artists, rock and pop stars, underground electronica DJs, and other assorted Thai scenesters illuminate present day Thai culture in this vibrant, fiery, and often raucous extravaganza. On July 21st and 22nd, the prolific Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara fuses sculpture with dance, air, space and time in his mysterious Bones in Pages. A cult figure in Japan, this celebrated artist has achieved iconic status throughout Europe and Festival provides a unique chance to witness his rare gifts. And, from July 27th through July 30th, Singapore's Ong Keng Sen explores the secret world of the enigmatic geisha in Geisha, an enchanting tapestry of tea-house stories. This new production by Theatreworks Singapore includes traditional Kabuki dancers and performances on the three-stringed Japanese shamisen.

For tickets and information: 212.721.6500 or

At the Anthology Film Archives and the ImaginAsian
More funny than monkey!
More deadly than shark!
More exciting than ninja!

The New York Asian Film Festival is five years old so come celebrate by watching the latest movies from Asia that will make your head explode! We,ve just added two Japanese films: ALWAYS, the mammoth hit melodrama that won 12 of 13 Japanese Academy Awards in 2005 and A STRANGER OF MINE, a twitsy puzzle box comedy of manners that won four awards at Cannes last year and was a word-of-mouth hit in Japan, running for three months.

Oh wait a second - another film just landed on our shores. A sequel to a film we showed in 2004 that was enormous fun... UMIZARU 2!

Ticket Giveaway

Every week until our festival we will be giving away 3 pairs of tickets to some lucky winners. You just have to answer 2 easy trivia questions - we wouldn't want to tax anyone's brain at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend! Send in the correct answers and we will pick 3 emails and let you know. Then once our schedule is up you just let us know what screening you want to come to.

The questions:
In which two films is there a mix of Japanese and Korean characters and themes - in one of conflict and love, the other of female bonding and friendship.

Two films have wrestlers save the day - in one he tries to save his wife from turning into a fish, in the other he tries to save the world as we know it.

To get the answers of course you have to read the blurbs on our website, which is - of course - our sneaky way to get people to read them! Send your answers to

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On Sunday, June 11 at 7pm the Brooklyn International Film Festival will hold a Subway Cinema night. We'll be there with our fancy pants on, giving out prizes and introducing a screening of Gu Changwei's moving PEACOCK.
Full details:

and for the BIFF homepage:

TYPHOON - the big budget Korean film is apparently opening here in theaters. Click here and follow instruction for a free screening:

WATER (India, 2006, 114 minutes)
Deepa Mehta's trilogy draws to a close with this story of widows living in India. Powerful and moving, it rocked the Canadian box office and was targeted for trouble in India where the set was attacked and burned down.
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WATER (India, 2006, 114 minutes)
Daily at 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:30pm
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Cinema Village
CLEAN (2004, France, 111 minutes)
The Maggie Cheung-starring French film where everyone's fave Hong Kong icon plays a skanky, junkie mommy.
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CAVITE (2005, Philippines)
The Philippino thriller about terrorism, shot on a shoestring and getting rave reviews.

IFC Center
THREE TIMES (Taiwan, 2005)
Hou Hsiao-hsien's latest slow-moving art film stars the luminous Shu Qi, she of the planetary lips, in three roles set in three decades.
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SEVEN SAMURAI (Japan, 1954, 160 minutes)
Saturday and Sunday at noon
Akira Kurosawa's

ImaginAsian Theater
(239 East 59th Street, btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave)
Fanaa (2006, India)
This is Kajol's big comeback film after a few years of retiring and having a baby. She was the biggest thing in Bollywood back then, will she still have it? Instead of her usual partner, Shahrukh Khan, she is teamed up with another Khan - Aamir. I am excited about this one and hope its good.
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Paris Theater (58th Street and 5th Avenue)
WATER (India, 2006, 114 minutes)
Daily at 11:45am, 1:25pm, 4:45pm, 7:3pm, 9:55pm

Village East
SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE, the third and final installment in Park Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy (including SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE and OLDBOY) hits New York in all its impeccably styled, somewhat confusing glory.
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Chen Kaige's gigantic, sumptuous spectacle takes the wu xia pian and transforms it into a kitschy, colorful circus where everyone flies, the costumes are enormous, and Cecelia Cheung winds up locked in a golden birdcage.
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