The Full Lineup for the 14th New York Asian Film Festival June 26 – July 11, 2015

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Watch the trailer for the 2015 New York Asian Film Festival and then scroll down for the line-up. There’s quite a variety here.

The 2015 New York Asian Film Festival lineup

OPENING NIGHT FILM

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

PORT OF CALL | 踏血尋梅

PHILIP YUNG, 2015 | CAST: AARON KWOK, MICHAEL NING, JESSIE LI

HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 121 MINUTES

A police detective (Aaron Kwok, in a career-defining role) tracks down the murderer of a young prostitute in this brutal thriller directed by Philip Yung and shot by master cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

Director Philip Yung and star Aaron Kwok will attend the screening. Aaron Kwok will be presented with Star Asia Award on June 26.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

CHASUKE’S JOURNEY | 天の茶助

SABU, 2015 | CAST: KENICHI MATSUYAMA, ITO OHNO, REN OHSUGI, YUSUKE ISEYA

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 105 MINUTES

A celestial tea server descends to Okinawa in order to save a young girl, falls in with a gang of losers, enjoys ramen, finds unwarranted celebrity, and fights against predestination written by heavenly hacks who copy Hollywood blockbusters.

Director Sabu will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

COIN LOCKER GIRL | 차이나타운

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

HAN JUN-HEE, 2015 | CAST: KIM HYE-SOO, KIM KO-EUN

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 110 MINUTES

Straight outta Cannes comes this high velocity mash-up of Mommie Dearest and Goodfellas, Veteran Korean diva, Kim Hye-Soo (The Thieves) brings high caliber thesping to her star turn as the most toxic mommy on earth. Back in 1996, a corrupt cop in her employ found Il-Young (Kim Ko-Eun, recipient of Rising Star Award at NYAFF 2013) abandoned in a coin locker, and he brought her to the criminal queen bee played by Kim Hye-Soo. Discovering that the foundling has a talent for mayhem, mom raises her up and trains her to go after the people who owe her money and snap their fingers like breadsticks. But, one day, her kid meets a guy she’d rather not mutilate, and so she defies her adoptive mom’s orders. Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned, and soon they’re tearing the city apart as they work out their mother-daughter issues with fists, guns, and knives.

Director Han Jun-hee will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of the Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

ABASHIRI PRISON | 網走番外地

TERUO ISHII, 1965 | CAST: KEN TAKAKURA, KOJI NANBARA, TETSURO TAMBA, TORU ABE

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 92 MINUTES

The first entry in Toei’s hugely successful Abashiri Prison yakuza film series, directed by Teruo Ishii, established Ken Takakura’s superstar status. If you want to understand Ken’s enormous popularity, this is the film that started it all. In many ways, this is the invention of the Japanese man.

Print courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

BANGLASIA 孟加拉殺手
NAMEWEE, 2015 | CAST: NIRAB HOSSAIN, SAIFUL APEK, NAMEWEE, ATIKAH SUHAIME

MALAYSIA | MALAY, ENGLISH, MANDARIN, AND HOKKIEN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 91 MINUTES

From the director of festival fave foodie flick Nasi Lemak 2.0 comes this wild and crazy Western full of musical numbers and humor so slaphappy it’ll leave your head spinning. It was banned in Malaysia for being too political, so we’re proud to screen it.

Director/actor/singer Namewee will attend the screening.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF THE NEW DIGITAL REMASTER

BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY | 仁義なき戦い

KINJI FUKASAKU, 1973 | CAST: BUNTA SUGAWARA, HIROKI MATSUKATA, NOBUO KANEKO, KUNIE TANAKA, GORO IBUKI

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES | DCP | 99 MINUTES

Quite possibly the ultimate yakuza movie, Kinji Fukasaku’s dark, gritty classic stars Bunta Sugawara (in the role that made his career) as a former soldier who turns to organized crime and claws his way up the yakuza underworld in postwar Hiroshima.     .

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

Co-presented with Arrow Video.

 

BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES | 繡春刀

LU YANG, 2014 | CAST: CHANG CHEN, CECILIA LIU, WANG QIANYUAN, ETHAN LI, NIE YUAN

CHINA | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DIGITAL PROJECTION | 106 MINUTES

One of the best Chinese period action films in recent memory, this overlooked blood-red gem is packed with superbly choreographed fight scenes, riveting drama, and performances to match.

Film courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

CAFÉ. WAITING. LOVE | 等一個人咖啡

CHIANG CHIN-LIN, 2014 | CAST: VIVIAN SUNG, BRUCE, MEGAN LAI, MARCUS CHANG

TAIWAN | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 120 MINUTES

Three years after his record-breaking debut, You Are the Apple of My Eye, writer-director Giddens Ko penned this irresistibly zany romantic comedy, based on his book of the same name—but this time with Chiang Chin-lin in the director’s seat.

Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

CART | 카트

BOO JI-YOUNG, 2014 | CAST: YUM JUNG-AH, MOON JUNG-HEE, KIM YOUNG-AE, KIM KANG-WOO, HWANG JEONG-MIN, CHUN WOO-HEE

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 103 MINUTES

In this pro-union flick, the 99% rise up after a bunch of female employees at a chain retail giant (think Wal-Mart) get laid off via text message. When they decide to go on strike, management calls in the thugs…

Director Boo Ji-young and producer Shim Jae-myung will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of the Korean Cultural Service New York.

Co-presented with The Korea Society.

 

CITY ON FIRE | 龍虎風雲

RINGO LAM, 1987 | CAST: CHOW YUN-FAT, DANNY LEE, SUEN YUET, ROY CHEUNG

HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35mm | 100 MINUTES

Ringo Lam’s classic heist-gone-bad flick is the movie that made Chow Yun-fat (playing an undercover cop) a star and provided Quentin Tarantino with the basis for Reservoir Dogs. The film features heartbreak to spare for the little people trying to eke out a living at the end of a gun.

Director Ringo Lam will attend the screening and will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Print Courtesy of Academy Film Archive.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

COLD WAR | 寒戰
LONGMAN LEUNG, SUNNY LUK, 2012 | CAST: AARON KWOK, TONY LEUNG KAR-FAI, ANDY LAU
HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | DCP | 102 MINUTES
Winner of nine Hong Kong Film Awards, including “Best Film,” Best Director,” “Best Screenplay,” “Best Actor,” and “Best New Performer,” COLD WAR was Hong Kong’s 2012 box office sensation. This cop thriller stars Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Kar-Fai as two high-ranking officers whose rivalry leads to an intense power struggle over an explosive rescue operation.
Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

COPS VS. THUGS | 県警対組織暴力
KINJI FUKASAKU, 1975 | CAST: BUNTA SUGAWARA, HIROKI MATSUKATA, KEN TAKAKURA, MIKIO NARITA, NOBUO KANEKO
JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM | 100 MINUTES
Bunta Sugawara plays a cop so corrupt he’s basically a member of the yakuza—delivering witnesses to his criminal buddies and looking the other way when they murder rivals. But now a war is breaking out and this bad lieutenant is going to have to choose sides.
Print courtesy of the Japan Foundation
Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

EMPIRE OF LUST | 순수의 시대

AHN SANG-HOON, 2015 | CAST: SHIN HA-KYUN, JANG HYUK, KANG HANNA, KANG HA-NEUL

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH LIVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES | DCP | 113 MINUTES

A gorgeous period actioner set during the founding days of Joseon Dynasty in the early 14th century, Empire of Lust follows three men who engage in a power struggle within the palace walls, caught in the whirlwind of love, lust, greed, betrayal, and revenge.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

A FOOL | 一個勺子

CHEN JIANBIN, 2014 | CAST: CHEN JIAN BIN, WANG XUEBING, JIN SHIJIA

CHINA | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 105 MINUTES

Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut is a harsh noir about an honest farmer’s efforts to help a young homeless man that instead set off a chain of disasters, serving as a reminder of man’s inhumanity when faced with greed.

 

China Lion Film Distribution (www.chinalionentertainment.com) has acquired North American rights to A Fool. The release date is yet to be announced. The film is expected to receive a Greater China release in late 2015.

 

FULL ALERT | 高度戒備

RINGO LAM, 1997 | CAST: LAU CHING-WAN, FRANCIS NG, AMANDA LEE, MONICA CHAN, JACK KAO

HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 98 MINUTES

Ringo Lam’s last great movie before his 12-year retirement is a dark, glittering gem of a police procedural that works both as a heist flick and as a tombstone for both pre-Handover Hong Kong and the action genre.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

U.S. PREMIERE

FULL STRIKE | 全力扣殺

DEREK KWOK & HENRI WONG, 2015 | CAST: JOSIE HO, EKIN CHENG, RONALD CHENG, TSE KWAN-HO, ANDREW LAM, WILFRED LAU

HONG KONG/CHINA | CANTONESE, HAKKA, AND ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 108 MINUTES

Racquet sport becomes martial art when a down-and-out gang of has-beens form a badminton team to win back their self-respect in this hyperactive, totally surreal comedy from Derek Kwok, the co-director of Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

FUNUKE, SHOW SOME LOVE YOU LOSERS! | 腑抜けども、悲しみの愛を見せろ

DAIHACHI YOSHIDA, 2007 | CAST: ERIKA SATO, MASATOSHI NAGASE, HIROMI NAGASAKU

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 112 MINUTES

Seduction, persecution, prostitution, suicide, and more greet the Wago family’s three siblings who return home for their parent’s funeral after they’re killed while trying to save a kitten. Yoshida’s twisted, smart, and deftly handled first film is as black as a comedy can get, yet wrapped in a lighthearted exterior.

Director Daihachi Yoshida will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

INITIATION LOVE | イニシエーション・ラブ

YUKIHIKO TSUTSUMI, 2015 | CAST: SHOTA MATSUDA, ATSUKO MAEDA, FUMINO KIMURO

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: HDCAM | 110 MINUTES

 

Steeped in the culture of ’80s Japan, Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s adaptation of Kurumi Inui’s novel is cinematically playful and emotionally sophisticated in its coming-of-age tale of a young man, Takkun, navigating his responsibilities as an adult and his confused emotional attachments to two women. Takkun finds the girl of his dreams in his Shizuoka hometown in the form of Mayu, a pretty, simple, and always sunny girl-next-door type. But when his office transfers him to Tokyo, he finds himself in a more sophisticated world and attracted to his well-bred colleague Miyako. The title refers to a question posed by Miyako to Takkun: are his feelings for Mayu merely “initiation love”—a puppy love that does both a disservice as the years pass. As Takkun slides into an affair with Miyako, he has to make a series of difficult choices that will define him as a man. The Japanese promotion of the film emphasizes the twist in the film’s final five minutes (which take a radically different course from the ending of the novel) in a conclusion that is not just a cinematic coup d’etat but also reveals a painful truth about love that is a lesson for all men and women.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

INSANITY | 暴瘋語

DAVID LEE, 2014 | CAST: LAU CHING-WAN, HUANG XIAOMING, ALEX FONG, FIONA SIT, NINA PAW

HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 99 MINUTES

In this psychological thriller produced by Derek Yee (The Great Magician, One Night in Mongkok), a psychiatrist (Huang Xiaoming) is lured to the dark side of the mind by his patient and convicted murderer (Lau Ching-Wan).

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

THE ISLE | 섬

KIM KI-DUK, 2000 | CAST: CHO JAE-HYUN, SUH JUNG, PARK SEONG-HEE, JANG HANG-SEON

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 85 MINUTES

Kim Ki-duk helped put Korean cinema on the map with this art-house exploitation shocker about a cop on the run who winds up at a floating hotel owned by a woman who might be insane, or just really in love. You are not prepared.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG

EMILY TING, 2014 | CAST: JAMIE CHUNG, BRYAN GREENBERG, RICHARD NG

HONG KONG/USA | ENGLISH | FORMAT: DCP | 78 MINUTES

This compelling walk-and-talk romance à la Richard Linklater, centered on two Hong Kong expats who randomly cross paths one night, is as much about the attraction between the leads as it is about the love of Hong Kong.

Director Emily Ting and actors Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL | さよなら歌舞伎町

RYUICHI HIROKI, 2014 | CAST: SHOTA SOMETANI, ATSUKO MAEDA, LEE EUN-WOO, ROY (SON IL-KWON)

JAPAN | JAPANESE AND KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 136 MINUTES

Taking place over 24 hours in a Tokyo love hotel, this steamy and poignant character-driven ensemble drama from director Ryuichi Hiroki (Vibrator) looks at ordinary people as they experience life-changing events.

Director Ryuichi Hiroki and star Shota Sometani will attend the screening. Shota Sometani will be presented with the Screen International Rising Star Award.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM | 味園ユニバース

NOBUHIRO YAMASHITA, 2015 | CAST: SUBARU SHIBUTANI, FUMI NIKAIDO, SARINA SUZUKI, KATSUMI KAWAHARA

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 103 MINUTES

From Nobuhiro Yamashita (director of Linda Linda Linda and Tamako in Moratorium) comes this romantic comedy about an amnesiac man who, as the memory of his criminal past slowly returns, tries to find redemption and love through rock music.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

THE LAST REEL | ដុំហ្វីលចុងកាាយ

KULIKAR SOTHO, 2014 | CAST: MA RYNET, ROUS MONY, DY SAVETH, HUN SOPHY

CAMBODIA | KHMER WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 106 MINUTES

This gorgeous and engaging drama about a rebellious Cambodian girl determined to shoot the missing ending of a 40-year-old movie starring her mother is a meditation on Cambodia’s past and present, and the power of art.

Director Kulikar Sotho will attend the screening.

 

LITTLE BIG MASTER | 五個小孩的校長

ADRIAN KWAN, 2015 | CAST: MIRIAM YEUNG, LOUIS KOO, WINNIE HO

HONG KONG/CHINA | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 112 MINUTES

Hong Kong’s runaway box-office hit is a powerful drama based on the true story of a principal assigned to a failing rural kindergarten with only five students: if one of them drops out, the school closes.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

THE MAN WHO STOLE THE SUN | 太陽を盗んだ男

KAZUHIKO HASEGAWA, 1979 | CAST: BUNTA SUGAWARA, KENJI SAWADA

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 147 MINUTES

A ballsy satire about a high-school science teacher (rock-star Kenji Sawada) who builds an atomic bomb at home and uses it to try to get The Rolling Stones to play in Japan, all the while playing cat and mouse with a police detective sporting a buzz cut (Bunta Sugawara).

Print courtesy of the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

U.S. PREMIERE

MEETING DR. SUN | 行動代號孫中山

YEE CHIH-YEN, 2014 | CAST: ZHAN HUAI-TING, MATTHEW WEI, JOSEPH CHANG, BRYAN CHANG

TAIWAN | MANDARIN AND TAIWANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 94 MINUTES

A deadpan high-school noir about two gangs of impoverished boys competing to steal a statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen (the founding father of the Republic of China) so they can sell it as scrap metal. Schoolyard slapstick becomes a call for Taiwan’s youth to wake up.

Director Yee Chih-Yen will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER | 님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오

JIN MO-YOUNG, 2014 | CAST: JO BYEONG-MAN, KANG KYE-YEOL

KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 85 MINUTES

In Jin Mo-young’s critically acclaimed documentary—which is also the most successful independent film in Korean history—a couple who have been married for 76 years face death with dignity and the strength of love.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

NIHON KYOKAKU-DEN (TALES OF CHIVALRY IN JAPAN) | 日本侠客伝

MASAHIRO MAKINO, 1964 | CAST: KEN TAKAKURA, KINNOSUKE NAKAMURA, HIROKI MATSUKATA

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM | 98 MINUTES

The first film in Toei’s immensely popular ninkyo film series chronicles a bitter feud that brews and breaks out between two rival yakuza clans. Honor is stained, blood is shed, hilarity does not ensue.

Print courtesy of Japan Foundation.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

WORLD PREMIERE

NOWHERE GIRL | 東京無国籍少女

WORLD PREMIERE

MAMORU OSHII, 2015 | CAST: NANA SEINO, NOBUAKI KANEKO, HINAKO TANAKA, AYURI YOSHINAGA, KANON HANAKAGE, LILY, HIROTARO HONDA

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 85 MINUTES

Ai (Nana Seino, the all-around kicker from )Tokyo Tribe is a student at an all-girls’ art high school. Her natural talent for art provokes the fury and envy of both the adults around her and her classmates. Her daily life becomes a war, which she slowly loses. But there’s more to the beautiful high school girl than meets the eye: she has a very specific set of skills, skills that make her a nightmare for bullies.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

U.S. PREMIERE

PALE MOON | 紙の月

DAIHACHI YOSHIDA, 2014 CAST: RIE MIYAZAWA, MITSUYO KAKUTA, SOSUKE IKEMATSU

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 126 MINUTES

A housewife turns to a sophisticated embezzlement scheme to support an affair with a college student in NYAFF director-in-focus Daihachi Yoshida’s mesmerizing fantasy-drama.

Director Daihachi Yoshida will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

PARTNERS IN CRIME | 共犯

CHANG JUNG-CHI, 2014 | CAST: WU CHIEN-HO, TENG YU-KAI, CHENG KAI-YUAN, YAO AI-NING

TAIWAN-HONG KONG | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 88 MINUTES

Director Chang Jung-chi’s second feature and follow-up to Touch of the Light (Taiwan’s foreign-language Oscar entry in 2012) is an atmospheric and taut high-school mystery-drama centered on the apparent suicide of a student.

Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

PERMANENT NOBARA | パーマネント野ばら

DAIHACHI YOSHIDA, 2010 | CAST: MIHO KANNO, EIKO KOIKE, CHIZURU IKEWAKI, YOSUKE EGUCHI

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: HDCAM | 99 MINUTES

A happy-go-wacky relationship film about a recently divorced woman (Miho Kanno) who returns with her young daughter to her tiny hometown. There, she reunites with her mother (Mari Natsuki) who runs the only hair salon in town, Permanent Nobara, an extraordinary place that provides a signature perm and a shame-free confessional for the local women to discuss their most personal love and sex issues.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

THE PRESIDENT’S LAST BANG | 그때 그사람들

IM SANG-SOO, 2005 | CAST: HAN SUK-KYU, BAEK YOON-SIK, SONG JAE-HO

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 104 MINUTES

One of the most controversial Korean movies of all time, Im Sang-soo’s black comedy tells the tale of the 1979 assassination of military dictator President Park by the head of the Korean CIA. It’s all the more relevant today because Park’s daughter is currently president of Korea.

Producer Shim Jae-myung will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

RED AMNESIA |  闖入者

WANG XIAOSHUAI, 2014 | CAST: LU ZHONG, SHI LIU, FENG YUANZHENG, QIN HAO, AMANDA QIN

CHINA | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 115 MINUTES

Beijing Bicycle director Wang Xiaoshuai’s latest film is a blood-curdling mystery about the harassment of an elderly widow, and her haunting by a mysterious young boy who brings back ghosts of past choices, moral compromises, and the long shadows of the Cultural Revolution.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

REVIVRE | 화장

IM KWON-TAEK, 2014 | CAST: AHN SUNG-KI, KIM QYU-RI, KIM HO-JUNG

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 93 MINUTES

Legendary 78-year-old Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-taek (Beyond the Years, Chihwaseon: Painted Fire) delivers a powerful and vital film—his 102nd!—about the indignities of old age and the inferno of suppressed desire, anchored by a commanding performance from veteran actor Ahn Sung-gi (Nowhere to Hide) as a marketing director who finds himself attracted to a younger employee while dutifully tending to his dying wife.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

U.S. PREMIERE

RIVER ROAD | 家在水草丰茂的地方

LI RUIJIN, 2014 | CAST: TANG LONG, GUO SONGTAO

CHINA | YUGUR WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 103 MINUTES

Bartel and Adikeer, two Yugur ethnic minority brothers, set out with their camel across the deserts of northwestern China in search of their parents in this masterfully lensed nomadic road movie.

 

WORLD PREMIERE

ROBBERY | 老笠

FIRE LEE, 2015 | CAST: DEREK TSANG, J. AIRE, LAM SUET, STANLEY FUNG

HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 90 MINUTES

An absurdist blood-soaked Grand Guignol with attitude to burn, Fire Lee’s indie black comedy about an overnight shift in a convenience store starts with a simple robbery, then moves on to mass murder, terrorist bombings, police shoot-outs, and even the afterlife.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE (U.S. CONTINENTAL PREMIERE)

THE ROYAL TAILOR | 상의원

LEE WON-SUK, 2014 | CAST: HAN SUK-KYU, KO SOO, PARK SHIN-HYE, YOO YEON-SEOK

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 127 MINUTES

An eye-popping historical comedy about the king’s tailor (played by Korean icon Han Suk-kyu) encountering a younger rival. It’s a stylish fashion showdown as the queen favors the younger needle-slinger, while the king sticks with his more stately (and stodgy) designer.

Director Lee Won-suk will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

Co-presented with The Korea Society.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

RUINED HEART: ANOTHER LOVE STORY BETWEEN A CRIMINAL AND A WHORE

KHAVN (aka KHAVN DE LA CRUZ), 2014 | CAST: TADANOBU ASANO, NATHALIA ACEVEDO, ELENA KAZAN

THE PHILIPPINES/GERMANY | FORMAT: DCP | 73 MINUTES

Neon-smeared pop poetry materializes on screen in this (almost) dialogue-free gangland art flick shot in the slums of Manila and starring Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer) and shot by longtime Wong Kar Wai cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

 

EAST COAST PREMIERE

SECOND CHANCE | 逆轉勝

KUNG WEN-YEN, 2014 | CAST: WEN SHANG-YI, P.J. HUANG, ANGEL YAO, JASON WANG

TAIWAN | MANDARIN AND TAIWANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 105 MINUTES

Like Rocky except for billiards instead of boxing, and if Rocky Balboa was a Type-A, overachieving schoolgirl, this flick features a who’s who of billiard champs as it becomes a fist-pumping sports movie.

Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

 

U.S. PREMIERE

SOCIALPHOBIA | 소셜포비아

HONG SEOK-JAE, 2014 | CAST: BYUN YO-HAN, LEE JOO-SEUNG

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 100 MINUTES

Four friends track down a cyberbully only to find that she’s hung herself. But two of them are convinced it’s murder, and the film becomes a grungy, realistic murder mystery set in the twitchy world of social media.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SOLOMON’S PERJURY PART 1: SUSPICION | ソロモンの偽証 前編

IZURU NARUSHIMA, 2015 | CAST:  RYOKO FUJINO, ANNA ISHII, TOMITA MIU, SHIMIZU HIROYA

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 121 MINUTES

In the first of a twisty two-parter, high-school students find the dead body of one of their classmates in the snow. Not convinced by the conclusion that he killed himself, they begin an investigation that eventually leads them to conducting a mock trial at school.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

SOLOMON’S PERJURY PART 2: JUDGEMENT | ソロモンの偽証 後編

IZURU NARUSHIMA, 2015 | CAST: RYOKO FUJINO, ANNA ISHII, MIU TOMITA, HIROYA SHIMIZU

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 149 MINUTES

Wrapping up the multitude of mysteries from the first part, the second film focuses on the trial, where both shocking and subtle revelations send irrevocable tremors through the high school and the adults surrounding the case.

 

THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D | 智取威虎山

TSUI HARK, 2014 | CAST: ZHANG HANYU, TONY LEUNG KA-FAI, LIN GENGXIN, YU NAN, TONG LIYA, HAN GENG, CHEN XIAO

CHINA | MANDARIN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 141 MINUTES

Tsui Hark (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) is back doing what he does best: delivering a popcorn thrillride. This adaptation of Qu Bo’s adventure novel, set in the late 1940s, mixes elements of spy movies, Chinese civil war sagas, and Mainland People’s Liberation Army actioners into a 3D blockbuster spectacle that was custom-made for the big screen.

Film courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

TAKSU | 欲動

KIKI SUGINO, 2014 | CAST: YOKO MITSUYA, TAKUMI SAITOH, KIKI SUGINO, TOM MES

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 97 MINUTES

Two couples find their needs and desires driving them further apart in this intensely erotic and melancholy drama set in Bali.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

NEW YORK PREMIERE

TOKYO TRIBE | トーキョ.トライブ

SION SONO, 2014 | CAST: RYOHEI SUZUKI, DAIS YOUNG, NANA SEINO, SHUNSUKE DAITO, TAKUYA ISHIDA, YUI ICHIKAWA, MIKA KANO, SHOTA SOMETANI, SHOKO NAKAGAWA, RYUTA SATO

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 116 MINUTES

Told almost entirely in hip-hop, Sion Sono’s berserk rap musical about warring gangs in Tokyo is full of tanks, B-boy battles, and so many baroque visual flourishes that the entire movie feels like Versailles stabbing you in both eyes.

Screen International Rising Star Shota Sometani will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

Tokyo Tribe will be released in the U.S. by XLrator Media in the Fall of 2015.

 

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PREMIERE

TWENTY | 스물

LEE BYEONG-HEON, 2015 | CAST: KIM WOO-BIN, LEE JOON-HO, KANG HA-NEUL

KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 115 MINUTES

Three friends enter their twenties with sex on the mind, easy access to soju, and absolutely no clue how to navigate college, money, or women… or really anything else in the world. A painfully hilarious reminder about how awkward the transition into adulthood can be.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

TWO THUMBS UP | 衝鋒車

LAU HO-LEUNG, 2015 | CAST: FRANCIS NG, SIMON YAM, PATRICK TAM, MARK CHENG

HONG KONG | CANTONESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 102 MINUTES

Old-school Hong Kong action-comedy at its finest, Two Thumbs Up stars Simon Yam and Francis Ng as ex-cons who disguise themselves as policemen to pull a heist. But it turns out they kind of like being cops…

Director Lau Ho-leung will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

 

NORTH AMERICAN FESTIVAL PREMIERE

VENGEANCE OF AN ASSASSIN | เร็วทะลุเร็ว

PANNA RITTIKRAI, 2014 | CAST: CHUPONG CHANGPRUNG, NATHAWUT BOONRUBSU, PING LUMPRAPLOENG, NISACHON TUAMSUNGNOEN

THAILAND | THAI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | DIGITAL PROJECTION | 99 MINUTES

The final film from action legend Panna Rittikrai (Ong-Bak films)—the kinetic master of mayhem—pulls out all the stops to deliver a rough-and-ready action flick sporting everything from badass games of soccer to gun fu.

Film courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

VIOLATOR
DODO DAYAO, 2014 | CAST: VICTOR NERI, ANTHONY FALCON, R.K. BAGATSING

THE PHILIPPINES | TAGALOG WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 115 MINUTES

The sole horror movie in this year’s lineup, Violator sees five men become trapped at a police station during a typhoon with a young man who claims to be Satan. A barebones indie that achieves a kind of monumental evil majesty as it progresses.

 

WAIKIKI BROTHERS | 와이키키 브라더스

YIM SOON-RYE, 2001 | CAST: LEE EOL, PARK WON-SANG, HWANG JUN-MIN

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 35MM | 109 MINUTES

In this modern Korean classic, a failed cover band returns to the lead guitarist’s hometown to try to get a fresh start, but the past, women, booze, and drugs threaten to break them apart.

Director Yim Soon-rye and producer Shim Jae-Myung will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

Co-presented with The Korea Society.

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

THE WHISTLEBLOWER | 제보자

YIM SOON-RYE, 2014

SOUTH KOREA | KOREAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 113 MINUTES

The All The President’s Men of bioresearch, Yim Soon-Rye (one of Korea’s few female directors) turns in a sharply suspenseful powerhouse thriller based on the true story of one of the biggest scientific frauds of the 21st century.

Director Yim Soon-rye will attend the screening.

Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Service New York.

Co-presented with The Korea Society.

 

WOLVES, PIGS AND MEN | 狼と豚と人間

KINJI FUKASAKU, 1964 | CAST: KEN TAKAKURA, SANAE NAKAHARA, SHINJIRO EBARA, KINYA KITAOJI

JAPAN | JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: 35MM | 95 MINUTES

Kinji Fukasaku’s first yakuza masterpiece is an angry tale of three brothers who walk and work the mean streets of a postwar Tokyo slum and buy themselves a world of trouble over a bag of stolen cash.

Print courtesy of Japan Foundation.

Presented with the support of Japan Foundation New York.

 

NYAFF 2015 Full Schedule

Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

Fri, June 26

6:00pm A FOOL (105 min)

8:30pm PORT OF CALL (120 min) + guest appearance (Star Asia Award presentation)

 

Sat, June 27

12:30pm COLD WAR (102 min)

3:00pm PORT OF CALL (120 min) + guest appearance

6:00pm EMPIRE OF LUST (113 min)

8:30pm CITY ON FIRE (100 min) + guest appearance (Lifetime Achievement Award presentation)

 

Sun, June 28

2:00pm FULL ALERT (98 min)

4:30pm INSANITY (99 min)

6:45pm IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG + guest appearance

9:15pm MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER (85 min)

 

Mon, June 29

6:00pm FUNUKE, SHOW SOME LOVE YOU LOSERS! (112 min) + guest appearance

8:30pm PALE MOON (126 min) + guest appearance

 

Tue, June 30

6:00pm LITTLE BIG MASTER (112 min)

8:30pm MEETING DR. SUN (94 min) + guest appearance

 

Wed, July 1

6:00pm THE MAN WHO STOLE THE SUN (147 min)

9:00pm REVIVRE (93 min)

 

Thu, July 2

6:00pm TAKSU (97 min)

8:00pm LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM (103 min)

10:15pm RUINED HEART (73 min)

 

Fri, July 3

12:30pm RED AMNESIA (115 min)

2:50pm RIVER ROAD (103 min)

5:00pm ABASHIRI PRISON (92 min)

7:00pm BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY (99 min)

9:00pm COPS VS. THUGS (100 min)

 

Sat, July 4

12:00pm FULL STRIKE (108 min)

2:15pm PERMANENT NOBARA (99 min)

4:15pm SOCIALPHOBIA (100 min)

6:30pm KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL (136 min) + guest appearance (Screen International Rising Star Award presentation)

10:00pm TOKYO TRIBE (116 min) + guest appearance

 

Sun, July 5

1:00pm ROBBERY (90 min)

3:00pm SOLOMON’S PERJURY PART 1: SUSPICION (121 min)

5:30pm TWO THUMBS UP (102 min) + guest appearance

8:15pm THE LAST REEL (106 min) + guest appearance

 

Mon, July 6

6:30pm THE PRESIDENT’S LAST BANG (104 min) + guest appearance

8:45pm CART (103 min) + guest appearance

 

Tue, July 7

6:30pm WAIKIKI BROTHERS (109 min) + guest appearance

8:45pm WHISTLEBLOWER (113 min) + guest appearance

 

Wed, July 8

5:30pm WOLVES, PIGS AND MEN (95 min)

7:30pm CHASUKE’S JOURNEY (105 min) + guest appearance

10:00pm VIOLATOR (115 min)

 

SVA Theatre’s Beatrice and Silas Theatres

 

Thu, July 9

Beatrice Theatre

5:30pm NIHON KYOKAKU-DEN (98 min)

7:30pm CAFÉ. WAITING. LOVE (120 min)

10:00pm THE ISLE (102 min)

 

Silas Theatre

6:00pm TWENTY (115 min)

8:30pm THE ROYAL TAILOR (127 min) + guest appearance

 

Fri, July 10

Beatrice Theatre

6:00pm VENGEANCE OF AN ASSASSIN (99 min)

8:00pm BANGLASIA (91 min) + guest appearance

10:30pm NOWHERE GIRL (85 min)

 

Silas Theatre

6:00pm SOLOMON’S PERJURY PART 2: JUDGEMENT (149 min)

9:00pm TAKING OF THE TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D (141 min)

 

Sat, July 11

Beatrice Theatre

1:00pm SECOND CHANCE (105 min)

3:15pm PARTNERS IN CRIME (88 min)

5:45pm BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES (106 min)

8:15pm RUINED HEART (73 min)

 

 

Silas Theatre

2:00pm LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM (103 MIN)

4:30pm INITIATION LOVE (110 MIN)

6:45pm TOKYO TRIBE (116 min)

9:00pm COIN LOCKER GIRL (110 MIN) + guest appearance

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