June 1 - 8, 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 LincolnCenter.org
NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (June 16 - July 1)
At the Anthology Film Archives and the ImaginAsian
We've announced special guests (the stars of UMIZARU 2, for one) and the schedule is going up online over the weekend. Advance ticket sales should follow shortly. See below for special events at the Brooklyn International Film Festival and the Japan Society.
And of course we are giving away more free tickets this week! You have to answer both the questions below correctly and we will at random pick three winners for the pair of tickets of their choice. Could life be any better? Well, yes of course it could. E-mail Paul with your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The answers reside in the deep dark recesses of Grady's blurbs and you have to ask yourself if it's worth the pain of reading them for free tickets.
"Everyone has had a teacher or two that made their lives hell. But not usually with a power drill. But some lucky students come face to face with one in which film? Class, today's subject is pain. Yours."
"An actor plays three of the major roles in this film that shocked its country as it includes previous taboo subjects such as drugs, murder, rape, illegal race car driving, pimps and tacky nightclubs. And Sid Haig isn't even in it. The director will be here to tell us how he got it past the censorship board!"
Go to http://www.subwaycinema.com/ for more info
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.
WATER (India, 2006, 114 minutes)
Daily at 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm, 9:30pm
Brooklyn International Film Festival (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway)
PEACOCK (China, 2005)
Sunday, June 11 @ 7pm
Subway Cinema's rowdy, crowdy New York Asian Film Festival invades the Brooklyn International Film Fest for a one-night blow-out screening of Gu Changwei's gorgeous PEACOCK. Prizes will be awarded. Rude noises will be emitted. A movie will be watched. And a tiny doggie will cry. Who will live? Who will die? The only way you can find the answers is to attend!
CAVITE (Philippines, 2006)
This guerilla-style terrorism flick, shot on a shoestring in the slums of Manila, takes the best ideas from CELL PHONE and PHONE BOOTH and drops them into this indie thriller about a Philippino-American security guard who goes to the motherland only to step into a terrorist plot the second he lands.
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.
(239 East 59th Street, btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave)
FANAA (2006, India, 156 minutes)
Daily at 12pm, 3:30pm, 7pm, 10:30pm
A big budget, tragic romance from Bollywood about a blind woman who turns out to be The One for a flirty, womanizing tour guide, FANAA is one of the big Bollywood movies for the summer. Starring Aamir Khan (just off RANG DE BASANTI) and heralding the return to the screen of Kajol after a long absence, it's a must see for Bolly-fans.
ALWAYS - SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (Japan, 2005)
Wednesday, June 14 @ 7:30pm
The New York Asian Film Festival invades the Japan Society for a screening of ALWAYS - SUNSET ON THIRD STREET with director Takashi Yamazaki in attendance. A big budget film, set in the 50's and made with all the charm and craft of Hollywood at its Golden Age height, this film won 13 of 14 Japanese Academy Awards last year and deserved each one of them. This film looks back nostalgically at Japan on the brink of the economic miracle soon to come with a yearning for those simpler times. Tickets for this show have to be pruchased separately through the box office at the Japan Society. There will be a reception with booze present. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $12 for Japan Society members. Go here to buy tickets:
Paris Theater (58th Street and 5th Avenue)
WATER (India, 2006, 114 minutes)
Daily at 11:45am, 1:25pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 9:55pm
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.
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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