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

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SUBWAY CINEMA NEWS: March 27 – April 3, 2008
Asia Society
TATTOOED LIFE (Japan, 1965, 82 minutes)
Thursday, April 3 @ 7pm
Part of their GANGSTERS, GAMBLERS AND OTHER ANTI-HEROES: THE JAPANESE YAKUZA MOVIE series. If you’re going to catch one film from the line-up, get this one. One of Suzuki Seijun’s most visually gob-stopping flicks! It starts out all nice and normal, keeping a story about a yakuza hitman in hiding at a mountain mine on a low simmering boil, but the finale explodes into the kind of imagery that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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Thursday, April 17 @ 7pm
Kinji Fukasaku’s YAKUZA PAPERS five-part series is one of the great gangster epics of all time, and BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY is the first one in the series. As a stand-alone it’s not quite as satisfying, but all the movies are out on a great DVD presentation in the US so it’s not hard to find the rest if this one piques your interest. It’s a new take on the gangster movie, featuring handheld cameras, vicious battles, low-life thugs trying to make a living all set in post-War Japan. This is THE WIRE of Japanese gangster movies, a look at how the entire, stinking system works and why it should all be destroyed.
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Cinema Village
TUYA’S MARRIAGE (China, 2007, 96 minutes)
Daily @ 1:00pm, 3:05pm, 5:10pm, 7:15pm, 9:20pm
Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, TUYA’S MARRIAGE is set in China’s Mongolian grasslands and tells the tale of steel-willed Tuya, who sets out to find a new husband after her original hubby falls ill. Part comedy, part girl-power social drama, it’s a highly acclaimed film set in some of the most scenic parts of the planet.
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Columbia University
(Roone Arledge Auditorium, 115th Street & Broadway)
PU SAN (Japan, 1953)
part of
Tuesday, April 8 @ 6pm
This series, curated by Linda Hoaglund, is screening some ultra-rare films from Japan’s immediate postwar years. The following synopsis is cribbed from Columbia U’s website:
“Inspired by the eponymous comic strip, Pu San traces the misadventures of a hapless widower edging past his prime, trying to stay employed and out of jail, while keeping an eye on the landlord’s daughter, fittingly named Stubborn. Ichikawa manages to stir up a wicked and sardonic brew of raucous politics, rambunctious students, inflation, and corruption.”
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IFC Center
FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON (Taiwan/France, 2008, 115 minutes)
Daily @ 11:35am, 12:50pm, 3:00pm, 5:25pm, 6:00pm, 7:50pm, 10:10pm, 12:25am
The latest movie from Taiwan’s great auteur, Hou Hsiao-hsien, is being hailed as one of his best and most accessible movies yet. Set in Paris and starring Juliette Binoche, it’s all about single mothers trying to raise their kids and stay connected to other people in the modern world.
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NANA (Japan, 2005, 113 minutes)
Daily @ 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm, 9:30pm
One of the most satisfying movies from Japan in recent years, NANA is based on an enormously popular manga series about two girls who share the name Nana who become roommates when they move to Tokyo. It’s all simple enough, but somehow this movie manages to feel as big as all creation. Funny, smart, cute, and sugar pop charged, this is one of the most intelligent dramas about young women that you’ll see this year. Right up there with LINDA LINDA LINDA from a few years ago.
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Japan Society
GLASS JOHNNY: LOOKS LIKE A BEAST (Japan, 1962, 108 minutes)
Friday, April 4 @ 7:30pm
As THE WARPED ONES was a riff on BREATHLESS this Japanese flick (part of the Nikkatsu Action retrospective that’s been packing the house up there) is a riff on Fellini’s LA STRADA. The inimitable chipmunk-cheeked Jo Shishido plays a bike track tout who wants to groom a young rider into a star racer, and he adopts a simple-minded prostitute in the process. Black and white madness like you’ve never seen before.
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Landmark Sunshine
CJ7 (Hong Kong, 2008)
Daily @ 12:15pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 12:20am
Stephen Chow abandons his surreal “mo lei tau” style of anything goes comedy in this movie that sees him embracing a gentler more universal style of laffs. There are still plenty of manga-style combat scenes, poo jokes, overly-violent whacks in the head and off-the-wall plot turns in this sci-fi riff on ET about a poor father and son who find an alien toy in the local dump.
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Paris Theater (4 West 58th Street)
FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON (Taiwan/France, 2008, 115 minutes)
Daily @ 11:45am, 2:10pm, 4:50pm, 7:30pm, 9:55pm
The latest movie from Taiwan’s great auteur, Hou Hsiao-hsien, is being hailed as one of his best and most accessible movies yet. Set in Paris and starring Juliette Binoche, it’s all about single mothers trying to raise their kids and stay connected to other people in the modern world.
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Walter Reade
Taking place March 26 – April 6, New Directors/New Films is Lincoln Center and MOMA’s annual celebration of the newest directors they dig up all over the planet. This year there are six directors from Asia, including:
EPITAPH – a hallucinatory Korean horror movie that rises above genre with a creepy visual sense and a time-jumping tale that folds up in itself.
FOSTER CHILD – Brillante Mendoza is one of the best new directors from the Philippines and his rehearsed and improvised movies are some of the rawest, roughest evocations of life in modern day Manila.
MEGANE – a feel good film from the director of KAMOME DINER that’s scientifically built to warm the cockles of even the blackest heart.
SOUL CARRIAGE – a bleak, abstract movie from China (directed by a Brit) it’s a grimmer take on GOING HOME: a young construction worker tries to make some quick cash taking the dead body of his co-worker back to his hometown thousands of miles away.
WE WENT TO WONDERLAND – an elderly Chinese couple visits Europe for the first time. He can’t speak due to cancer, she’s a hardheaded pragmatist. Sly, gentle comedy ensues.
WONDERFUL TOWN – a damp, mysterious film set in Thailand, this flick is all about an architect shows up at a nearly-abandoned town and tries to hook up with a woman whose past is as mysterious as his.

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