New York Asian Film Festival

New York Asian Film Festival

Friday, June 19 - Thursday, July 2, 2009

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“One of the city’s most valuable events.” – The New York Times

“The best ticket in town! Everyone’s favorite pan-Asian cinematic WTF smorgasbord returns for another face-stuffing binge of robot penises, severed fingers, child sex slaves, introverted sci-fi, Malaysian meta-movies, gay pastries, Catholic panty photographers, and Kim Jong-il doppelgangers… the eighth New York Asian Film Festival takes one more mighty kung fu leap toward its implacable apotheosis as Gotham’s most demented film festival.” – Nathan Lee, Village Voice

The economy. Unemployment. Bank crisis. War. Missiles. Death. Is there any relief from the horrors that surround us? Yes! Like a knight in shining armor, the New York Asian Film Festival is back, charging over the horizon with some 50 brand-new pop masterpieces from Asia ready to bring hope, light and giant monsters into your heart!

Special tickets packages:

TEN-PACK ($100)
Good for admission to any ten specific shows. You must select all ten tickets upon the claiming the Ten-Pack at the box office. There is a limit of 4 tickets for any single show that may be used as part of a Ten-Pack.

MATINEE PASS ($125)
Good for admission to any Monday-Friday NYAFF screening that starts no later than 5:00pm. Bring your Matinee Pass receipt to the NYAFF table in the lobby and receive a badge that allows entry for all weekday matinee shows.


20th Century Boys

20th Century Boys

Sunday, June 21, 2009
Imagine the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy with giant robots and religious cults instead of wizards and orcs and you've got 20TH CENTURY BOYS, three blockbusters based on a best-selling manga with the third... more...



20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope

20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope

Sunday, June 21, 2009
The Pop Apocalypse: Level Two. Racing at breakneck speed, this movie jumps between 1969, 2000 and 2012, as super-viruses multiply, the Satanic Salesmen unleash hell and more made-up childhood fantasies... more...



Antique

Antique

Monday, June 22 - Saturday, June 27, 2009
Four of Korea's hunkiest young actors star in this musical about gay pastry chefs taken from the wildly popular manga series Antique Bakery. A genius pastry chef who happens to be "a gay of demonic charm"... more...



Be a Man! Samurai School

Be a Man! Samurai School

Saturday, June 27 - Monday, June 29, 2009
With director Tak Sakaguchi and top stuntman Isao Karasawa in attendance! Tak Sakaguchi is Japan's action man, doing the choreography and stunts in flicks like VERSUS and GODZILLA FINAL WARS. His directorial... more...



Breathless

Breathless

Thursday, June 25 - Thursday, July 2, 2009
From its first screamed obscenity to its last blow to the head, this is the most savage and obscene movie we've ever screened. Coming out of nowhere, star/writer/producer/co-director Yang Ik-June took... more...



Cape No. 7

Cape No. 7

Monday, June 22 - Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Taiwanese film industry is a smoking crater, so when director Wei Te-sheng mortgaged his house to make CAPE NO. 7 most people thought he was insane. Showed them. CAPE became a cultural phenomenon and... more...



Children of the Dark

Children of the Dark

Wednesday, June 24 - Monday, June 29, 2009
Banned in Thailand, this Japanese drama about the international trade in children is not for the weak-stomached. A Japanese family comes to Thailand to buy kidneys for their dying child. German tourists... more...



Climber’s High

Climber’s High

Tuesday, June 30 - Thursday, July 2, 2009
On August 12, 1985, Japan Airlines Flight 123, en route to Osaka, smashed into Mount Takamagahara with 524 passengers onboard. What followed was a media circus as authorities raced to save the survivors... more...



The Clone Returns Home

The Clone Returns Home

Monday, June 22 - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Bad news: Your husband died in Earth orbit. Good news: We have a spare. An indie sci fi flick that premiered at Sundance, it owes a debt to Andrei Tarkovsky but ultimately Nakajima's THE CLONE RETURNS... more...



Crush and Blush

Crush and Blush

Wednesday, June 24 - Thursday, June 25, 2009
With lead actress, Kong Hyo-Jin in attendance! The first film from one of Korea's rare female directors, CRUSH & BLUSH was produced by Park Chan-Wook (OLDBOY) and it features a career-making performance... more...



Dachimawa Lee

Dachimawa Lee

Sunday, June 21 - Friday, June 26, 2009
With lead actress, Kong Hyo-Jin in attendance. Korea's hardest-hitting action director, Ryu Seung-Wan (CITY OF VIOLENCE), turns in a loopy send-up of Korean spy thrillers from the 70's and 80's. You don't... more...



Dream

Dream

Saturday, June 20 - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The baddest boy in Korean cinema, Kim Ki-Duk (THE ISLE), returns to the big screen with a twisted cinematic version of that old Zen koan, "A man dreamed he was a butterfly. He awoke and wondered if he... more...



An Empress and the Warriors

An Empress and the Warriors

Friday, June 19, 2009
Ching Siu-tung (action director of HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) turns in a Cantopop confection of warring armies, secret treehouses, Kelly Chen getting hit in the head, and Donnie Yen stripping off... more...



The Equation of Love & Death

The Equation of Love & Death

Tuesday, June 23 - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Powered by nothing more than Zhou Xun's intense perfromance, this twisty daylight noir hits like a spike of Shanghai white injected right into your aorta. Zhou Xun drops her public persona as a fashionable... more...



Exodus

Exodus

Saturday, June 27 - Monday, June 29, 2009
This taut, tense movie doesn't waste a minute as it delivers a pared-to-the-bone black comedy version of the war between the sexes, thinly disguised as an arthouse film. Simon Yam discovers a secret plot... more...



Eye in the Sky

Eye in the Sky

Friday, June 19 - Monday, June 22, 2009
This sleek thriller is directed by Yau Nai-hoi, a screenwriter with credits for dozens of Johnnie To movies under his belt. Simon Yam plays the leader of the SU (Surveillance Unit) playing a lethal game... more...



The Five Deadly Venoms

The Five Deadly Venoms

Sunday, June 28, 2009
The classic Old School Kung Fu fllck, FIVE DEADLY VENOMS is directed by macho god, Chang Cheh, and it introduces the long-running team of the most charismatic martial artists to ever strip to their waist... more...



Fish Story

Fish Story

Saturday, June 27, 2009
In 1975, the year before the Sex Pistols debuted, a Japanese punk band called Gekirin released their single, "Fish Story" and then broke up, never to record again. Thirty-seven years later, in 2012, their... more...



The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door

Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28, 2009
Joko Anwar (director of last year's award-winning festival hit, KALA) is one of Indonesia's most popular directors, but the deep evil of FORBIDDEN DOOR split audiences: half watched it in stunned horror... more...



Go Go 70′s

Go Go 70′s

Tuesday, June 30 - Thursday, July 2, 2009
Brothers and sisters, do you feel the funk? This period flick charts the rise and rise of real-life Korean soul band, The Devils, throughout the 70's, when Korea was under military rule and pop culture... more...



Hard Revenge Milly 1 & 2

Hard Revenge Milly 1 & 2

Friday, June 26 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Introduced by make-up effects supervisor Yoshihiro Nishimura! Low budget sci fi doesn't have to be boring. Case in point: the two post-apocalyptic HARD REVENGE MILLY movies. Gun control laws are revoked... more...



High Noon

High Noon

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Eric Tsang produced the youth film project, Winds of September, which resulted in three feature films about kids coming of age, one set in Taiwan, one set in Mainland China and one set in Hong Kong. 24-year-old... more...



House

House

Friday, August 9 - Saturday, August 10, 2013
High-definition digital projection Ad-man extraordinaire Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 head-trip is part psychedelic ghost yarn, part stream-of-consciousness bedtime story, part Scooby... more...



If You Are the One

If You Are the One

Wednesday, June 24 - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
We've outsourced everything else to China, so why not outsource romantic comedies, too? Smart, sophisticated, witty and cosmopolitan, this story of love thwarted is the second most successful Chinese movie... more...



Ip Man

Ip Man

Monday, June 22 - Monday, June 29, 2009
Hong Kong action cinema is back, and it's gonna crack your back, jack! Donnie Yen stars in this biopic of Bruce Lee's master, Ip Man, one of the great teachers of wing chun, the badass martial art invented... more...



K-20

K-20

Saturday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Holy, Steampunk! Japanese/Chinese screen idol, Takeshi Kaneshiro, is back and this time he's showing his respect for Lupin, Raffles and all the other great thieves and pulp heroes of the turn-of-the-century... more...



Lala Pipo

Lala Pipo

Sunday, June 28, 2009
Written by Tetsuya Nakashima (MEMORIES OF MATSUKO, KAMIKAZE GIRLS) and shot in his candy-colored, super surreal style, LALA PIPO is a trawl through the gutters of the sex industry, telling the stories... more...



The Longest Nite

The Longest Nite

Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wai Ka-fai in person! Deepest, darkest film noir, slick as the 70's and mean as a snake, director Patrick Yau's THE LONGEST NITE is a diseased hybrid of Orson Welles' LADY FROM SHANGHAI... more...



Magazine Gap Road

Magazine Gap Road

Sunday, June 21 - Thursday, June 25, 2009
With director Nick Chin in attendance. Ice cold pimps, low life players and high class prostitutes populate this glittering Hong Kong noir where the cityscape gleams like a handful of jewels thrown across... more...



Monster X Strikes Back

Monster X Strikes Back

Friday, June 19 - Sunday, June 28, 2009
The 6/19 show will be followed by a special presentation from Tokyo Shock about their new kaiju movie, DEATH KAPPA. More giant monster love than any single human can stand, director Minoru Kawasaki (EXECUTIVE... more...



MSFF shorts program #1

MSFF shorts program #1

Friday, June 26, 2009
This is the third year Subway Cinema presents movies from the Mise En Scene Short Film Festival, Korea's only festival of short, genre films. Program Two contains the truly stunning animated martial arts... more...



MSFF shorts program #2

MSFF shorts program #2

Saturday, June 27, 2009
With short film director Lee Su-Jin in attendance. This is the third year Subway Cinema presents movies from the Mise En Scene Short Film Festival, Korea's only festival of short, genre films. Program... more...



Old Fish

Old Fish

Tuesday, June 23 - Thursday, June 25, 2009
Written by and starring real-life Chinese cops and bomb squad officers, this movie belongs to actual ex-cop and non-actor Ma Guowei, who plays the titular Old Fish who has to save his hometown from a mad... more...



Pink double feature #1 – Groper Train: Search for the Black Pearl & Japanese Wife Next Door

Pink double feature #1 – Groper Train: Search for the Black Pearl & Japanese Wife Next Door

Friday, June 19, 2009
Japan's pink films are softcore porn movies shot on film, edited analog and released in theaters on triple bills and they're where lots of mainstream directors got their starts, from Kiyoshi Kurosawa to... more...



Pink double feature #2 – Blind Love & Groper Train: Wedding Capriccio

Pink double feature #2 – Blind Love & Groper Train: Wedding Capriccio

Friday, June 26, 2009
BLIND LOVE director Daisuke Goto will be in attendance. Japan's pink films are softcore porn movies shot on film, edited analog and released in theaters on triple bills and they're where lots of mainstream... more...



Plastic City

Plastic City

Saturday, June 20 - Thursday, June 25, 2009
It already played the festival circuit in a different version, but this is the completed, and completely different, version of Yu Lik-wai's psychedelic gangster movie. Shot in Brazil and starring Hong... more...



Pride

Pride

Sunday, June 28, 2009
Directed by Shusuke Kaneko (DEATH NOTE) this glitzy, diva-licious flick is based on a hit manga, Pride by Yukari Ichijo. All about young, aspiring, backstabbing opera singers kneecapping each other backstage,... more...



Quick Gun Murugan

Quick Gun Murugan

Tuesday, June 23 - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
An Indian musical about a singing and dancing vegetarian cowboy out to stop the evil, non-veg, McDosa corporation from kidnapping all the mothers in India, in order to use their mother love as the secret... more...



The Rainbow Troops

The Rainbow Troops

Friday, June 26 - Sunday, June 28, 2009
A major crowd-pleaser, THE RAINBOW TROOPS is based on a wildly successful Indonesian novel from 2004 and it became that country's biggest hit of 2008. With glossy production values and a bittersweet pop... more...



Rough Cut

Rough Cut

Tuesday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Introduced by actor So Ji-seob! Under-promising and over-delivering, this action blockbuster feels like a summer hit, only one from Steven Soderbergh instead of Steven Spielberg. A spoiled... more...



Samurai Princess

Samurai Princess

Saturday, June 20 - Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Is this a classic for the ages? No. But does it feature some of the most bizarre gore and special effects scenes you'll ever see in your life? Hell yeah! With special make-up effects by Yoshihiro Nishimura... more...



Snakes and Earrings

Snakes and Earrings

Friday, June 26 - Thursday, July 2, 2009
Based on the best-selling novel about a woman who decides that her one goal in life is to have her tongue split, this is the sexy body modification movie you've been waiting for. Yuriko Yoshitaka gives... more...



Tactical Unit 5: Comrades in Arms

Tactical Unit 5: Comrades in Arms

Saturday, June 20 - Monday, June 22, 2009
A sequel to Johnnie To's PTU, this tale of beat cops chasing down armored car hijackers through the Hong Kong mountains is directed by longtime Milkyway associate director, Law Wing-cheong. Two teams of... more...



Tokyo Gore Night (multimedia)

Tokyo Gore Night (multimedia)

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Director Yoshihiro Nishimura and his crew of lunatics are in the house, including MACHINE GIRL director, Noboru Iguchi! There will be a screening of a series of bizarre short films set in their TOKYO GORE... more...



Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

Friday, June 26 - Monday, June 29, 2009
Introduced by director Yoshihiro Nishimura, action director Tak Sakaguchi and visual effects supervisor Tsuyoshi Kazuno! The world premiere of the latest slice of chaos from special-effects-maestro-... more...



The Warlords

The Warlords

Friday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Three of Hong Kong's biggest stars - Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro - team up in this massive action movie about three blood brothers in the middle of the Taiping Rebellion. As big, meaty and satisfying... more...



When the Full Moon Rises

When the Full Moon Rises

Saturday, June 20 - Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Like Guy Maddin taking on the history of Malaysian cinema. Most of Malaysia's older movies have been destroyed by the ravages of time, so director Mamat Khalid makes a "lost" black-and-white thriller from... more...



Written By

Written By

Friday, June 19 - Monday, June 29, 2009
With director Wai Ka-fai in person! Wai Ka-fai has written almost every single Johnnie To movie, and co-directed several others (MAD DETECTIVE, RUNNING ON KARMA). In this film, Wai directs... more...



Yoroi Samurai Zombie

Yoroi Samurai Zombie

Friday, June 19 - Friday, June 26, 2009
With director Tak Sakaguchi and top stuntman Isao Karasawa in person! What could be more fun that watching a bunch of rotting, samurai zombies rise from the grave and go after a happy... more...





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