New Films Shine at the Premiere-Focused New York Asian Film Festival

Posted by Daniel Loria on 6.1.2011

World premieres from Takashi Miike and Eiji Uchida and international premieres from Johnnie To and Yu Irie will join a dozen other North America premieres and fifteen New York debuts for the New York Asian Film Festival.  The two week festival will run July 1-14.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced the full slate of films for the 2011 edition of the festival.  A total of 46 films (45 features and a short) will complete the line-up that features new films from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

The North American premiere of Yoshimasa Ishibashi‘s Milocroroze: A Love Story will serve as the opening night film with special in-person appearances by the director and star Takayuki Yamada. Yamada is also set to receive the festival’s Star Asia Rising Star Award.

Tsui Hark will be receiving the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. The filmmaker will also be headlining the programming section, Wu Xia: Hong Kong’s Flying Swordsmen. Other specialty sections at this year’s festival include Sea of Revenge: New Korean Thrillers and Su Chao-pin: Taiwan’s King of Entertainment.

Na-hong Jin’s The Yellow Sea will be the festival’s closing night film, making its New York Premiere after being in competition at this year’s Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

For the full slate and more information on the films and filmmakers making appearances, check out the full press release from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Photo from Karate-Robo Zaborgar.

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