New York Asian Film Festival 2013

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We’re back with the 12th edition of North America’s leading festival of popular Asian Cinema! This year we have a special focus on the Philippines with Manila Chronicles: The New Filipino Cinema and a lineup of Taiwanese “Black Movies,” the rambunctious early-80’s exploitation flicks that used to fill Taipei grindhouses with Taiwan Pulp! We’re also spotlighting audience favorite, actor Ryoo Seung-Beom, and giving special focus shout-outs to two of the festival’s oldest friends, Well Go USA (the champion of Asian film among U.S. distributors) and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York on the occasion of their 30th birthday. Co-presented with Subway Cinema.

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Secretly Greatly

Secretly Greatly

Jang Cheol-Soo | 2013 | 123 mins

Centerpiece Presentation! International Premiere! Director Jang Cheol-Soo in person for Q&A!

Three North Korean sleeper agents hiding in the South are slated for termination in this wild action-comedy based on the popular webtoon series "Covertness." Note: Grayed out screenings are currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Available tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis.

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Thursday, July 11

8:40pm
Cold War

Cold War

Sunny Luk | 2012 | 102 mins

New York Premiere!

Hong Kong’s biggest hit of 2012 and winner of nine Hong Kong Film Awards is a twisty cop thriller in the spirit of Infernal Affairs.

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Wednesday, July 10

8:15pm
The Fridge

The Fridge

Rico Maria Ilarde | 2012 | 90 mins

North American Premiere!

A young girl is stalked by a killer refrigerator that keeps her milk cold, her vegetables crisp, and her friends dead.

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Friday, July 05

11:59pm

Wednesday, July 10

3:30pm
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

How to Use Guys with Secret Tips

Lee Won-suk | 2013 | 114 mins

North American Premiere! Director Lee Won-suk in person for Q&A on July 7!

Half romcom, half satire of the Korean film industry, this wacky and charming tale follows an overworked woman's attempt to improve her relationship with men using a self-help video. Preceded by One Perfect Day (Kim Jee-woon, 34m).

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Sunday, July 07

5:15pm

Thursday, July 11

3:00pm
Juvenile Offender

Juvenile Offender

Kang Yi-Kwan | 2012 | 107 mins

North American Premiere!

This film festival fave follows a kid lost in the correctional system and the mom who ditched him, both looking for a new life. On July 11, screens with: Day Trip (Park Chan-Wook, Park Chan-Kyung 18m).

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Friday, July 05

12:15pm

Thursday, July 11

6:00pm
The Last Supper

The Last Supper

Lu Chuan | 2012 | 115 mins

U.S. Premiere!

From the director of City of Life and Death comes this hallucinatory history of the first Chinese Dynasty as told by the dying emperor.

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Sunday, July 07

8:00pm

Wednesday, July 10

1:00pm
Very Ordinary Couple

Very Ordinary Couple

Roh Deok | 2013 | 112 mins

International Premiere!

Korea’s other big hit this year is a hyper-realistic romantic comedy about a warring couple who work for the same company.

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Wednesday, July 10

5:45pm

Past Films

Aberya

Aberya

Christian Linaban | 2012 | 110 mins

International Premiere!

A hedonistic boxer, a prostitute on a mission, a social climber, and a time-traveling drug dealer cross paths in this deliriously imagined occult superhero movie.

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Monday, July 01

1:00pm
Arahan

Arahan

Ryoo Seung-Wan | 2004 | 114 mins

Ryoo Seung-Beom in person for Q&A!

A wall-busting, skyscraper demolishing, high-flying martial-arts-action date movie set in Seoul.

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Sunday, June 30

3:45pm
Behind the Camera: Why Mr. E Went to Hollywood

Behind the Camera: Why Mr. E Went to Hollywood

E J-Yong | 2012 | 85 mins

U.S. Premiere! Director E J-Yong in person for Q&A!

Meta to the max. Korea’s best actors play themselves (and other actors) in this send-up of carnivorous celebrity culture. Preceded by Jury (Kim Dong-Ho, 24m).

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Friday, June 28

6:15pm

Sunday, June 30

1:00pm
The Berlin File

The Berlin File

Ryoo Seung-Wan | 2006 | 117 mins

Star Ryoo Seung-Beom in person for Q&A!

Spies from North and South Korea square off in a gritty, high speed, post-Bourne thriller.

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Saturday, June 29

3:35pm
Bloody Tie

Bloody Tie

Choi Ho | 2012 | 90 mins

Star Ryoo Seung-Beom in person for Q&A!

In this hard-knuckled crimer, a corrupt detective teams up with an entrepreneurial meth dealer to bring down the local drug kingpin responsible for the death of the cop’s former partner.

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Monday, July 01

6:15pm
The Bullet Vanishes

The Bullet Vanishes

Law Chi-leung | 2012 | 108 mins

This stylish period thriller starring Hong Kong superstars Nick Tse and Lau Ching-wan pays homage to Holmes and Watson as a 1930s-era detective duo investigate a series of strange murders.

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Friday, June 28

1:30pm
The Concubine

The Concubine

Kim Dae-Seung | 2012 | 122 mins

North American Premiere!

A deep and dark political thriller set in the royal palace with enough court intrigue and sex to fuel an entire season of Game of Thrones.

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Monday, July 01

9:15pm
Enter the Dragon

Enter the Dragon

Robert Clouse | 1973 | 98 mins

Fab 5 Freddy and MC Yan in person for conversation!

Join NYAFF for a 40th anniversary screening of Bruce Lee’s legendary martial arts crossover hit, preceded by a conversation on the relationship between Kung Fu movies and early Hip Hop.

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Sunday, June 30

9:15pm
Eungyo (A Muse)

Eungyo (A Muse)

Jung Ji-Woo | 2012 | 129 mins

New York Premiere! Director Jung Ji-Woo and star Kim Go-Eun in person for Q&A!

A scandalicious hit about the romance between a 17-year old girl and a 70-year-old man, A Muse earned its lead actress six awards for her performance.

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Saturday, June 29

6:35pm
Ip Man: The Final Fight

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Herman Yau | 2013 | 102 mins

North American Premiere! Director Herman Yau and screenwriter Erica Li in person for Q&A!

A slyly subversive send-up of current craze for Ip Man movies, Herman Yau’s action flick is also a myth-busting celebration of Hong Kong’s working class riots and strikes of the 1960s.

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Sunday, June 30

6:30pm
The Lady Avenger

The Lady Avenger

Yang Chia-yun | 1985 | 89 mins

In this bloody rape-revenge flick from one of Taiwan’s only female exploitation directors, a reporter goes eye-for-an-eye on her attackers, killing them by bear trap, knife, blowtorch, and meat hook.

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Friday, June 28

4:00pm
The Legend is Born: Ip Man

The Legend is Born: Ip Man

Herman Yau | 2010 | 100 mins

Director Herman Yau in person for Q&A!

This stripped down Ip Man movie features Hong Kong’s best martial artists—Bruce Leung, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Ip Man’s son, Ip Chun—and will leave you bruised, battered, and begging for more.

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Saturday, June 29

1:00pm
Rigodon

Rigodon

Erik Matti | 2012 | 91 mins

International Premiere!

A ragingly sexy, grittily realistic love triangle film about a reality TV star trying to make bank and get some nookie. Preceded by Vesuvius (Erik Matti, 10m).

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Saturday, June 29

10:00pm
Tales from the Dark Part 1

Tales from the Dark Part 1

Fruit Chan | Lee Chi Ngai | Simon Yam | 2013 | 114 mins

Opening Night! World Premiere!

In this three-part horror omnibus based on Lilian Lee’s best-selling novel series, a young girl pays a veteran hitter to curse four villains, leading to gruesome deaths and the revelation of a chilling secret.

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Friday, June 28

9:00pm
The Unjust

The Unjust

Ryoo Seung-Wan | 2011 | 119 mins

This sprawling corruption epic is the kind of movie Sidney Lumet would have made if he had been Korean.

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Monday, July 01

3:20pm
The Animals

The Animals

Gino M. Santos | 2012 | 80 mins

International Premiere!

An indictment of the Filipino 1% via a decadent high-school party that degenerates into an orgy of sex, violence and class warfare.

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Tuesday, July 02

2:45pm

Wednesday, July 10

10:25pm
Catnip

Catnip

Kevin Dayrit | 2012 | 74 mins

International Premiere!

A hyperactive, uber-digital flick about two BFF’s and the abusive daddy who comes between them.

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Tuesday, July 02

1:00pm
The Challenge of the Lady Ninja

The Challenge of the Lady Ninja

Lee Tso-Nam | 1983 | 90 mins

Lovely Lady Ninja Wong Siu Wai returns to China after the death of her father, where she discovers her fiancé has betrayed her and must gather a gang of female warriors to seek vengeance.

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Tuesday, July 02

4:30pm
Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

Mika Ninagawa | 2012 | 127 mins

New York Premiere!

A vicious, candy-colored fashionista horror drama about a Lady Gaga-esque singer and actress whose plastic surgery enhancements are are slowly turning as black and rotten as bruised fruit.

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Tuesday, July 02

9:15pm
Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Kim Gwang-Hun | Nicholas Bonner | Anja Daelemans | 2013 | 81 mins

New York Premiere!

Girl power North Korean style! This fun Technicolor tale follows a young miner who pursues her dream of becoming an acrobat.

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Friday, July 05

2:30pm
Confession of Murder

Confession of Murder

Jeong Byeong-Gil | 2012 | 119 mins

North American Premiere!

A serial killer waits until the statute of limitations expires, then writes a book confessing his crimes in this slam-bang summer blockbuster.

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Wednesday, July 03

3:00pm
The Great War

The Great War

Yan Yan Mak | 2013 | 97 mins

Director Yan Yan Mak and members of Grasshopper and Softhard in person for Q&A at Gala Presentation on July 2 (special ticket price: $15). Director in person for Q&A at July 3 screening.

A surprisingly personal and revealing documentary about the concert battle between the legendary Cantopop band Grasshopper and hip hop duo Softhard.

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Tuesday, July 02

6:45pm

Wednesday, July 03

12:30pm
Countdown

Countdown

Nattawat Poonpiriya | 2012 | 91 mins

North American Premiere!

This take-no-prisoners, semi-experimental exploitation flick is about three Thai hipsters in NYC and the drug dealer who tortures them on New Year’s Eve.

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Wednesday, July 03

10:20pm
Drug War

Drug War

Johnnie To | 2013 | 105 mins

New York Premiere!

Hong Kong’s master filmmaker Johnnie To has crafted a hardcore, boundary-pushing police thriller that’s the most savagely subversive film ever made in mainland China. Note: Grayed out screenings are currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Available tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis.

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Friday, July 05

7:45pm
Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Wang Jing | 2012 | 117 mins

New York Premiere!

The searing story of a career woman whose hard-headed race to the top destroys her family, forcing her to start over.

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Wednesday, July 03

8:00pm
Gangster

Gangster

Kongkiat Khomsiri | 2012 | 102 mins

North American Premiere!

Hailed as the Thai Goodfellas, this period crime epic is stylish, slick, and powerfully acted.

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Thursday, July 04

8:15pm
Hardcore Comedy

Hardcore Comedy

Henri Wong | Chong Siu Wing | Andy Lo | 2013 | 92 mins

World Premiere! Star Dada Chen in person for Q&A!

Hong Kong’s local comedic tradition continues in this quirky post-Vulgaria, three-part omnibus.

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Saturday, July 06

10:00pm
An Inaccurate Memoir

An Inaccurate Memoir

Leon Yang | 2012 | 105 mins

North American Premiere!

Part Chinese Western, part black comedy, part war movie, An Inaccurate Memoir is an action-packed, Peckinpah-esque black comedy about Chinese bandits taking on the Japanese occupation.

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Sunday, July 07

12:30pm
The Kirishima Thing

The Kirishima Thing

Daihachi Yoshida | 2012 | 103 mins

New York Premiere!

A funny, ferocious dissection of Japanese high school mores is kicked off by the disappearance of the golden boy volleyball captain.

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Sunday, July 07

2:45pm
The Last Tycoon

The Last Tycoon

Wong Jing | 2012 | 119 mins

North American Premiere! Producer and cinematographer Andrew Lau in person for Q&A!

Chow Yun-fat plays a real-life 1920s Shanghai gangster facing the murderous plots of the secret service.

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Thursday, July 04

5:30pm
A Life of Ninja

A Life of Ninja

Lee Tso-nam | 1983 | 88 mins

The wildest ninja flick you’ll ever see, A Life of Ninja features mud fights, professional wrestling, icicle knives, naked ladies, and plenty of freaky kung fu.

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Friday, July 05

10:05pm
Mystery

Mystery

Lou Ye | 2012 | 95 mins

North American Premiere!

The acclaimed arthouse director’s first film after being blacklisted in China is a murder mystery wrapped in love triangle wrapped in an existential crisis.

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Wednesday, July 03

5:45pm

Thursday, July 11

1:00pm
Never Too Late to Repent

Never Too Late to Repent

Tsai Yang-Ming | 1979 | 99 mins

Director Tsai Yang-Ming in person for Q&A!

This true crime thriller and surprise box office hit kicked off Taiwan’s “Black Movie” wave of exploitation outrageousness, which saw 117 hard-hitting flicks hit screens between 1979 and 1983.

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Saturday, July 06

7:30pm
Taiwan Black Movies

Taiwan Black Movies

Hou Chi-Jan | 2005 | 60 mins

Director Hou Chi-Jan in person for Q&A!

A long lost era of filmmaking was preserved and rediscovered by this documentary, the result of a labor of love that began when the director found a stack of discarded VHS tapes in the Taiwan Film Archive.

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Saturday, July 06

1:00pm
Warped Forest

Warped Forest

Shunichiro Miki | 2011 | 82 mins

North American Premiere!

The freaky sequel to festival hit Funky Forest: The First Contact, Variety calls it the “weirdest movie of the year.” Like Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch, only much funnier.

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Sunday, July 07

10:30pm
Woman Revenger

Woman Revenger

Tsai Yang-Ming | 1981 | 80 mins

Director Tsai Yang-Ming in person for Q&A!

Another of Taiwan’s mondo revenge movies from the early 80s, this brutal exploitation shocker features a gentle woman who turns into a bloodthirsty killer, bent on revenge against those who wronged her.

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Saturday, July 06

3:00pm
Young and Dangerous 1 & 2

Young and Dangerous 1 & 2

Andrew Lau | 1996 | 198 mins

Director Andrew Lau in person for Q&A!

A special July 4 screening of the first two movies in Hong Kong’s landmark hit crime series—shot-on-the-run flicks that captured lightning in a bottle and became cultural sensations.

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Thursday, July 04

1:00pm
Beijing Blues

Beijing Blues

Gao Qunshu | 2012 | 115 mins

A day in the life of a Beijing cop who busts conmen and scam artists, shot run-and-gun documentary style.

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Tuesday, July 09

4:30pm
The Complex

The Complex

Hideo Nakata | 2013 | 106 mins

North American Premiere!

The director of The Ring returns for this gothic ghost flick about loneliness, aging and trying to claw through walls with your fingernails.

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Tuesday, July 09

9:45pm
Double Xposure

Double Xposure

Li Yu | 2012 | 100 mins

North American Premiere!

Megastar Fan Bingbing plays a woman who kills her husband’s mistress then slowly goes insane while running from the cops.

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Monday, July 08

6:15pm
Forever Love

Forever Love

Aozaru Shiao | Kitamura Toyoharu | 2013 | 124 mins

North American Premiere! Co-director Aozaru Shiao in person for Q&A at July 5 screening!

This light and frothy romantic comedy is set in the fabulous world of the 60s Taiwanese movie industry. Special appearance: Godzilla!

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Friday, July 05

4:45pm

Monday, July 08

3:30pm
Lesson of the Evil

Lesson of the Evil

Takashi Miike | 2012 | 129 mins

New York Premiere!

Japan’s wildest director returns to horror with this flick about a beloved high school teacher with a dark secret past and homicidal urges that can’t be contained.

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Monday, July 08

8:30pm
On the Society File of Shanghai

On the Society File of Shanghai

1981 | 90 mins

This key work of the Taiwan Black Movies, based on a banned novel written after the end of the Cultural Revolution in China, is a crime mystery/female revenge film that serves as a showcase for the iconic leading lady Liu Hsiao-Fen (also starring in The Lady Avenger).

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Monday, July 08

1:30pm
The Peach Tree

The Peach Tree

Ku Hye-Sun | 2012 | 106 mins

North American Premiere!

From one Korea’s only female directors comes this glittering fairy tale about a guy with two heads trying to fall in love.

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Tuesday, July 09

2:15pm
Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

Keishi Otomo | 2012 | 134 mins

New York Premiere!

This live-action adaptation of the wildly popular manga follows a Meiji era assassin who leaves his life behind to become a protector of the common man.

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Tuesday, July 09

7:00pm
When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep

When a Wolf Falls in Love with a Sheep

Hou Chi-jan | 2012 | 85 mins

New York Premiere! Director Hou Chi-jan in person for Q&A on July 6! 

A high-octane, super-stylized, live-action cartoon of a romantic comedy about a guy looking for his lost love in Taipei’s cram school district.

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Saturday, July 06

5:15pm

Tuesday, July 09

12:15pm
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