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Subway Cinema Coming Attractions:
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.

January 26 - February 2, 2007
Coming Soon
FILM COMMENT SELECTS (February 14 - 27)
This year's festival brings over Johnnie To's EXILED, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's RETRIBUTION and Luo Ye's SUMMER PALACE. Yay!
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A TASTE OF TEA (February 16)
2005's landslide winner of the New York Asian Film Festival's Audience Award hits the ImaginAsian and it's about time. This amazing movie will blow your mind and electrify your heart with its tale of a family in rural Japan. Trains emerge from heads, a poo ghost appears, 50ft doppelgangers skulk and stare and a sunflower eats the world in a movie Time Out New York calls "a masterpiece". And look for BABEL's Rinko Kikuchi in a small role. Opening at the ImaginAsian.
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Tsai Ming-liang's porn opus is a great movie and it ends with a shot that make THE BROWN BUNNY look positively genteel. See it!
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PING PONG (Japan, 2002, 114 minutes) (April, 2007)
New York Asian Film Festival Audience Award winner, PING PONG may be the greatest sports movie ever made. It's certainly the deepest. And it's about the manly man sport pong? Darn tootin'. It gets a very limited theatrical release in 07.
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CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (2006, China)Zhang Yimou's epic wraps Chow Yun-fat and Gong Li in miles of crackling gold decor and sets them at each others' throat as the world's most dysfunctional Imperial family. The reviews are mixed, but the cleveage is plentiful, as evidenced by the fact that Chinese audiences have dubbed it "Curse of the Golden Corset".
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THE PAINTED VEIL (2006, USA)An adaptation of Somerset Maughm's novel, this flick was shot in China and stars Naomi Watts and Edward Norton. But come on, the real reason you want to see it is because it also features Hong Kong stalwart, Anthony Wong.
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LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006, USA)Now screening all over town, it's part two of Clint Eastwood's World War II Iwo Jima pics, this time concentrating on the Japanese side of the battle. Starring Ken Watanabe (MEMORIES OF TOMORROW) and Shido Nakamura (PING PONG, FEARLESS) it's already earning critical raves out the ears.
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January 31 - February 1st
The Anthology Film Archives does a retrospective of the anti-society flicks of Kazuo Hara, a documentarian who would do anything to get the truth on film. Do not miss THE EMPEROR’S NAKED ARMY MARCHES ON, about what really happens during a war (hint: it's not pretty) or the spurned lover suicide artbombing of EXTREME PRIVATE EROS: LOVE SONG 1974.
Film Forum
Exhumed from the Miramax vaults by the indie distributor, Magnolia, this first film from Wisit Sasanatieng is an eyeball searing blast of technicolored madness. A Thai Western, totally sincere, full of some of the most toxically beautiful colors to ever hit the screens, it's a riot. A little flat, but worth seeking out.
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The ImaginAsianSALAAM E ISHQ (2007, India, 215 minutes)
Daily at 1:30pm and 10:30pm
A bevy of Bollywood stars (Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Govinda) play a series of lovers whose lives and stories cross and intersect as they sing and dance and cry. It's a little bit of LOVE ACTUALLY only with a lot more musical numbers.
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Starts February 2
The number 2 movie in Korea last year - beating out M:i:III, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2, THE DA VINCI CODE - coming in just after THE HOST, was TAZZA. It's a low down, gritty Korean version of GOD OF GAMBLERS only much, much meaner, much bloodier, and extremely hardcore. A very long, very twisty movie but it's one of the more entertaining crime films to come out in a while. Opening at the ImaginAsian.
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Tuesday, January 30 @ 6:30pm
The massive samurai movie from Isao Yukisada (who directed the terrific GO and the romance CRYING OUT LOVE IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD) starring Ken Watanabe comes to the ImaginAsian courtesy of New York-Tokyo. The flick follows an exiled samurai clan as they're abandoned to a harsh winter and an attempt to live off the land in their remote natural prison.
Admission is free, just RSVP to
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The Korea Society (950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor.)
On the Third Thursday of every month, the Korea Society will host video projections of classic films from Korea. January 18, February 15 and March 15 are the dates in question and here's a line-up of what's showing:
The Hand of Destiny (1954)
Director: Han Hyeong-Mo
Casting: Park Am, Kim Jeong-Rim, Yang Mi-Hee, Lee Min
Madame Freedom (1956)
Director: Han Hyeong-Mo
Casting: Park Am, Kim Jeong-Rim, Yang Mi-Hee, Lee Min
Flower in Hell (1958)
Director: Shin Sang-Ok
Casting: Kim Hak, Choi Eun-Hee, Cho Hae-Won
Sam-Ryong the Mute (1964)
Director: Shin Sang-Ok
Casting: Kim Jin-Gyu, Choi Eun-Hee, Park No-Shik
A Seashore Village (1965)
Director: Shin Sang-Ok
Casting: Kim Jin-Gyu, Choi Eun-Hee, Park No-Shik
A Road to Return (1967)
Director: Lee Man-Hee
Casting: Kim Jin-Gyu, Mun Jeong-Suk, Jeon Gye-Hyeon
Ticket price is $5(members) & $10(non-members) and refreshments will be served. If you want to register all six month programs in advance, we can offer discount $25 (members) & $35 (non-members).

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