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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.

September 2 - 7, 2006

Anthology Film Archives, BAM, and ImaginAsian
NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL (August 25 - September 3)
Every year, this festival takes a core sample of what's playing in Korean cinemas and carefully brings it over to New York for your viewing pleasure. Ignoring the major films in order to give an idea of what fills the majority of Korean multiplexes, the Korean Film Festival is an eye-opening look at the current Korean cinema scene. Recommended in this year's line-up: the savage, HOLIDAY; the wildly popular word-of-mouth hit, MY SCARY GIRL; and international film festival favorite, GRAIN IN EAR. Also, make sure you don't miss the screening of Lee Man-Hee's WATERMILL (1966): a black and white Korean classic so erotic and emotionally charged that it practically moans while you watch it.
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Cinema Village
The Filipino film festival favorite about a young, transgendered kid living in the slums of Manila who falls for a hunky police officer comes to Cinema Village on September 22.
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IFC Center
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (1958, Japan, 139 minutes)
Starts September 1, Friday - Sunday at Noon
A lot has been made out of the influence Akira Kurosawa's HIDDEN FORTRESS had on George Lucas' STAR WARS and the parallels are hard to deny: two bumbling, bickering peasants escorting a princess to safety with the assistance of a gruff, no-nonsense general (Harrison Ford). All that stuff ID there, but watch it for its beautiful cinematography and for Toshiro Mifune's grand portrayal of the resourceful, slightly doomed General
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HIGH AND LOW (1963, Japan, 143 minutes)
Starts September 15, Friday - Sunday at Noon
Toshiro Mifune (again) delivers an unforgettable performance as a wealthy, self-made man who suddenly faces a choice when kidnappers targeting his son snatch his chauffeur's kid by accident: does he lose everything to help the help? One of the most influential Japanese crime movies ever made (its final twist has shown up in several other movies including BAYSIDE SHAKEDOWN) it's based on an Ed McBain book and it emphasizes ethics over action while still offering up plenty of noir grime.
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The ImaginAsian
KANK (2006, India, 210 minutes)
Daily at 2:45pm
Also known as KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA, this is the monster hit that's breaking box office records all over the world. It's from India's maker of melodramas, Karan Johar, whose KABHI KUSHIE, KABHIE GHAM turned the family drama up to eleven and it's the first Bollywood movie invited to the Toronto Film Festival in 31 years. Starring all of India's major stars it's a song and dance version of CLOSER shot mostly in New York.
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LAGE RAHO MUNNA BHAI (2006, India, 145 minutes)
Daily at 6:35pm and 9:45pm
The sequel to the much-loved gangster comedy (now being remade by Chris Tucker) MUNNABHAI MBBS stars Sanjay Dutt as a gangster who falls in love with the voice of a radio show host and she, in turn, mistakes him for a History professor and falls for him. It's getting good reviews and, like the first MUNNABHAI film it looks like it'll be another sleeper comedy hit.
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Also see NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL entry, at top of page.

Village East
WATER (India, 2006, 114 minutes)
Daily at 3:10pm and 5:35pm
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. It's been running forever so it must be good.
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Walter Reade
SHOLAY (1975, India, 200 minutes)
September 1 - 5, Daily @ Noon, 4pm and 8pm
The great Indian classic, this "Curry Western" stars Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra as two criminals drafted to free a village from the control of Gabbar Singh, one of the great boogeymen of Indian cinema. An enormous, rollicking epic, think of it as THE TWO SAMURAI with musical numbers.
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THE NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (September 29 - October 15)
The New York Film Festival is stuffed full of chewy goodness this year with a fistful of high-profile Asian movies. THE HOST, Korea's monster hit monster movie! TRIAD ELECTION, which is really Johnnie To's inimitable ELECTION 2! PAPRIKA, a new flick from Satoishi Kon! You can't beat these movies with a stick and you can't get tickets till September 10 - but you should be ready to hit the ground running when they go on sale.
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