New York Asian Film Festival 2014

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June 27 - July 10

It’s unlucky number 13! That’s right, this year is the 13th New York Asian Film Festival and that means that you’re going to walk under a ladder, trip over a black cat, break a mirror, and wind up getting squashed by a falling piano the second you step outside. The only way to stay safe is to double down and make sure you spend your summer inside a movie theater watching eyeball-exploding Asian films.

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Special Offer for NYAFF attendees: In celebration of the 13th edition, indie food and wine introduces the specialty cocktail, the "Lucky 13" —just $8 with ticket stub!

Plus, check out Film Comment's fully loaded two-part Made in Hong Kong anthology. The Part 1 digital anthology explores the 1960s-90s. Part 2, located in the May/June issue, focuses on the 1990s-present and is available both digitally and in print.  

In This Series

Overheard 3

Overheard 3

Alan Mak | Felix Chong | 2014 | 111 mins

Opening Night

International Premiere. Q&A with Alan Mak and Felix Chong.

After tackling insider trading and real estate conspiracies, Alan Mak and Felix Chong (Infernal Affairs) turn to the untamed rural villages of Hong Kong’s New Territories in the third installment of the hugely popular Overheard series.

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Friday, June 27

5:00pm
Kano

Kano

Umin Boya | 2014 | 185 mins

Centerpiece Screening

North American Premiere. Q&A with Umin Boya.

Based on the true story of a ragtag group of young players who became the pioneers of Taiwanese baseball in the 1930s, Boya’s feature-film directorial debut is a love letter to the sport.

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Sunday, June 29

5:35pm
3D Naked Ambition

3D Naked Ambition

Lee Kung-lok | 2014 | 106 mins

North American Premiere

A low-level sex writer for an adult paper who can’t handle his girlfriend’s success at work and command in the bedroom travels to Japan and accidentally becomes a porn star in this 3-D sex romp.

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Saturday, June 28

9:15pm
Aberdeen

Aberdeen

Pang Ho-cheung | | 98 mins

This ensemble family melodrama about expectations of beauty and marital betrayal features Pang’s (Isabella) signature complex performances and magic-realist touch.

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Thursday, July 10

3:30pm
Aim High in Creation!

Aim High in Creation!

Anna Broinowski | 2013 | 97 mins

U.S. Premiere. Q&A with Anna Broinowski.

This revolutionary comedy about the cinematic genius of North Korea’s late Dear Leader Kim Jong-il has a groundbreaking experiment at its heart: a propaganda film, made according to the rules of his 1987 Manifesto “The Cinema and Directing.”

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Thursday, July 10

8:15pm
As the Light Goes Out

As the Light Goes Out

Derek Kwok | 2014 | 116 mins

North American Premiere

A squad of firefighters who used to be BFFs but now find themselves wallowing in Man Angst are brought back together by a power-plant explosion in this testosterone-fueled soap opera.

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Sunday, June 29

12:30pm
Au revoir l’été

Au revoir l’été

Koji Fukada | 2013 | 125 mins

U.S. Premiere. Q&A with actress Fumi Nikaido.

A light comedy of manners played out during 10 days in a seaside town, Au revoir l’été is a nicely played rondo of human behavior that echoes Eric Rohmer’s Pauline at the Beach (1983).

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Tuesday, July 08

9:00pm
Blind Massage

Blind Massage

Lou Ye | 2014 | 117 mins

U.S. Premiere

This innovative film about the blind employees of a massage center in Nanjing is a powerful ride through a parallel word of metaphysical cinema where light and darkness lose their usual meaning.

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Monday, June 30

8:45pm

Wednesday, July 02

2:30pm
The Chinese Boxer

The Chinese Boxer

Jimmy Wong Yu | 1970 | 86 mins

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jimmy Wong Yu is no longer able to attend.

The first open-handed martial-arts film from Hong Kong to become a worldwide blockbuster was a major influence on the films of Bruce Lee and remains an exciting and terrific watch to this day.

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Sunday, July 06

3:30pm
Cold Eyes

Cold Eyes

Choi Eui-seok | 2013 | 118 mins

New York Premiere. Q&A with actor Sol Kyung-gu following July 7 screening, who will be presented with the Star Asia Award.

This epic of nonstop suspense is a three-way race against time between a rumpled surveillance guru, a ruthlessly efficient criminal, and a new recruit eager to prove she’s got what it takes.

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Monday, July 07

8:45pm

Thursday, July 10

1:00pm
Control

Control

Kenneth Bi | 2013 | 92 mins

This futuristic thriller follows an insurance salesman coerced to commit criminal acts by an unseen villain, who sends instructions over the phone and has control of the city’s surveillance cameras.

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Thursday, July 10

5:40pm
The Eternal Zero

The Eternal Zero

Takashi Yamazaki | 2013 | 144 mins

U.S. Premiere

No doubt the most extreme film experience of NYAFF, The Eternal Zero follows the quest of a young man investigating the life of his late grandfather, a reluctant kamikaze pilot, during the Pacific War.

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Thursday, July 03

8:30pm
The Face Reader

The Face Reader

Han Jae-rim | 2013 | 139 mins

Q&A with actor Lee Jung-jae

The Face Reader, which beat Iron Man 3 at the Korean box office last year, is a lavish period drama with high-level cast at the top of its game, juicy dialogue, and a smooth mixture of low comedy and high drama.

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Monday, July 07

5:15pm
Firestorm 3D

Firestorm 3D

Alan Yuen | 2013 | 109 mins

New York Premiere

Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau plays a prissy police detective who’s getting his butt handed to him by flashy thief Nam (Hu Jun, Drug War), an insanely competent career criminal who knocks over armored cars like dominos.

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Wednesday, July 09

9:15pm
From Vegas to Macau

From Vegas to Macau

Wong Jing | 2014 | 93 mins

New York Premiere

Oozing so much debonair that he makes Don Draper look drab, Chow Yun-fat fires on all cylinders as a no-holds-barred gambler who will do absolutely anything to entertain an audience.

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Friday, July 04

6:00pm
Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats

Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats

Yosuke Fujita | 2014 | 110 mins

North American Premiere

This irresistible comedy about life in a run-down apartment complex offers laughs aplenty and a lead performance by comedienne Miyuki Oshima as a Japanese everyman rich in friends and poor in romance.

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Thursday, July 03

6:00pm
Golden Chicken

Golden Chicken

Samson Chiu | 2002 | 106 mins

Q&A with actress Sandra Ng

Sandra Ng plays Kum, a hooker with a heart of gold and a brain of bubblegum who takes us on a tour of Hong Kong’s history, as seen from the bedroom.

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Saturday, June 28

12:30pm
Golden Chickensss

Golden Chickensss

Matt Chow | 2014 | 102 mins

North American Premiere. Q&A with actress Sandra Ng following June 27 screening, who will be presented with the Star Asia Award.

Kum has aged into a hard-working madam with a calculator for a soul who must round up her girls, deck them out for a night on the town, and fulfill the needs of her hard-partying clients.

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Friday, June 27

8:30pm

Tuesday, July 01

4:00pm
Han Gong-ju

Han Gong-ju

Lee Su-jin | 2014 | 114 mins

New York Premiere. Q&A with director Lee Su-jin

Praised by Martin Scorsese and showered with awards at festivals around the world, this devastating portrait of South Korea’s blame culture follows a high-school girl seeking anonymity and escape from the horrors of her past.

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Monday, June 30

6:00pm
Hope

Hope

Lee Joon-ik | 2013 | 123 mins

North American Premiere. Q&A with actor Sol Kyung-gu.

Inspired by a horrifying case of child rape in South Korea, Hope brings a fresh approach to a difficult subject matter, and by focusing on the victim’s recovery, ultimately delivers flawless feel-good human drama.

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Tuesday, July 08

6:00pm
Il Mare

Il Mare

Lee Hyun-seung | 2000 | 95 mins

Q&A with actor Lee Jung-jae

Two enormous stars, a magical time-portal mailbox, and a house by the lake were all mixed into the melodrama pot in 2000 and out came Il Mare, which has since been cemented in the canon of Korean romances.

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Tuesday, July 08

3:30pm
Killers on Wheels (a.k.a. Madboys in Hong Kong)

Killers on Wheels (a.k.a. Madboys in Hong Kong)

Kuei Chih-hung | | 95 mins

What starts out as a teen beach movie becomes a bloody take on the biker flick when a series of pranks between group of spoiled rich kids and a rowdy bunch of road rebels escalates out of control.

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Friday, July 04

8:00pm
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

Roy Ward Baker | 1974 | 83 mins

Shaw Brothers teamed with Hammer Studios, England’s House of Horror, on this kung-fu vampire movie starring Peter Cushing as Van Helsing and David Chiang as his Chinese counterpart.

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Friday, July 04

10:00pm
May We Chat

May We Chat

Philip Yung | 2013 | 100 mins

North American Premiere

Two teenagers—one a deaf-mute escort, the other junkie’s daughter—come together to find their missing friend, a rich girl with a thing for bad boys, with the help of their smartphones in this teen drama turned gangland noir.

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Wednesday, July 02

5:00pm
Miss Zombie

Miss Zombie

Sabu | | 85 mins

New York Premiere

A rich family man receives a crate containing a mail-order zombie maid, an instruction manual, a cautionary note against letting her eat meat, and a gun (just in case) in this razor-sharp social satire.

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Wednesday, July 09

3:30pm
Moebius

Moebius

Kim Ki-duk | 2013 | 90 mins

New York Premiere. Q&A with actress Lee Eun-woo.

A playfully twisted black comedy with no dialogue, Moebius is an everyday tale of penectomy, rape, sadomasochistic sex, and incestuous love from award-winning Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk.

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Wednesday, July 02

9:30pm
Monsterz

Monsterz

Hideo Nakata | 2014 | 111 mins

North American Premiere

Japanese horror master Hideo Nakata (Ring, Dark Water) returns with this highly original paranormal thriller about two men with supernatural abilities, locked in a duel to the death.

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Sunday, July 06

1:00pm
Mr. Vampire + Rigor Mortis

Mr. Vampire + Rigor Mortis

Ricky Lau | Juno Mak | 1985/2013 | 96 mins

The film that kicked off Hong Kong’s hopping vampire fad and its turbo-charged, spiritual successor screen together as a demented, bloodthirsty double feature.

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Friday, July 04

2:00pm
My Man

My Man

Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | 2013 | 128 mins

North American Premiere. Q&A with Fumi Nikaido, who will be presented with the Screen International Rising Star Award.

The relationship between a man and an adolescent girl brought together by a natural disaster goes from from emotional to erotic, from inchoate to inflamed, from serene to obscene, in this controversial love story.

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Wednesday, July 09

6:00pm
New World

New World

Park Hoon-jung | 2013 | 134 mins

Q&A with actor Lee Jung-jae

A huge hit at the box office, New World elevates the popular Korean gangster genre with its fascinating and harrowing look at the power structures and politics of a criminal organization.

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Sunday, July 06

6:00pm
No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

Ning Hao | 2009 | 115 mins

North American Premiere

A smug legal grandstander must drive from Northwestern China to Beijing ASAP in this blackly comedic road movie and savvy indictment of capitalism that was shelved for four years after running afoul of Chinese censors.

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Tuesday, July 01

9:15pm
The One-Armed Swordsman

The One-Armed Swordsman

Chang Cheh | 1967 | 111 mins

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, actor Jimmy Wong Yu is no longer able to attend.

The One-Armed Swordsman burst onto the scene in 1967 as riots swept the streets of Hong Kong and bombings pushed the city over the brink into chaos, channeling the people’s anger and fury on screen.

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Saturday, July 05

6:15pm
Portland Street Blues

Portland Street Blues

Yip Wai Man | 1998 | 120 mins

Q&A with actress Sandra Ng

This spin-off of Hong Kong’s mighty Young & Dangerous series about young gangsters known as triads follows Sister 13 (Sandra Ng), a lesbian pimp who sports a spiky ’do and boss suits.

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Saturday, June 28

3:15pm
Public Enemy

Public Enemy

Kang Woo-suk | 2002 | 135 mins

Q&A with actor Sol Kyung-gu

When a remorseless killer slashes an archetypal bad cop in an alleyway, it kicks off a relentless pursuit complete with graphic violence, vulgar comedy, and a healthy dose of Korean social satire.

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Monday, July 07

2:00pm
R100

R100

Hitoshi Matsumoto | 2013 | 98 mins

Hitoshi Matsumoto is Japan’s most famous comedian, but even if you’ve seen Big Man Japan and Symbol you’ll barely be prepared for the S&M antics of this straight-faced send-up of genre cinema.

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Wednesday, July 02

7:15pm
Rough Play

Rough Play

Shin Yeon-shick | 2013 | 98 mins

North American Premiere. Q&A with director Shin Yeon-shick following July 1 screening.

A crazed actor takes his dedication to his craft too far when he threatens an actress, leading to a dramatic downfall fueled by narcissism and a rampant ego.

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Tuesday, July 01

6:30pm

Thursday, July 03

3:30pm
Seeding of a Ghost

Seeding of a Ghost

Chuan Yang | 1983 | 90 mins

A cab driver makes a deal with a necromancer to exact revenge on the thugs who murdered his adulterous wife, but the ritual requires some serious sins of the flesh, in this grotesque 1983 Shaw Brothers shocker.

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Friday, June 27

11:30pm
Seventh Code

Seventh Code

Kiyoshi Kurosawa | 2013 | 60 mins

North American Premiere

A girl wanders the mean streets of post-Soviet Vladivostok in pursuit of a hunky businessman who stood her up in Tokyo and ends up getting kidnapped by thugs in the latest from Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Penance).

Screening with: Beautiful New Bay Area Project (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 29m)

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Sunday, June 29

9:30pm
Silent Witness

Silent Witness

Fei Xing | 2013 | 118 mins

North American Premiere. Q&A with director Fei Xing.

When a millionaire’s daughter stands trial for the murder of her future stepmother, layers of previously hidden information are revealed that ultimately elevate the tale into one of Chinese myth and personal redemption.

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Sunday, July 06

9:15pm
Soul

Soul

Chung Mong-hong | 2013 | 112 mins

New York Premiere. Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, actor Jimmy Wong Yu is no longer able to attend.

When a taciturn chef named Chuan collapses at work, he is brought to the country to recover and embarks on a killing spree. When confronted by his uncle, he claims to no longer be Chuan...

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Saturday, July 05

9:15pm

Wednesday, July 09

1:00pm
The Terror Live

The Terror Live

Kim Byeong-woo | 2013 | 97 mins

A disgraced TV news anchor demoted to hosting a radio call-in show sees an opportunity to turn his fate around when a man phones in, blows up a bridge, and claims to have other bombs hidden around Seoul.

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Saturday, July 05

4:00pm

Tuesday, July 08

1:00pm
Top Star

Top Star

Park Joong-hoon | 2013 | 107 mins

North American Premiere. Q&A with Park Joong-hoon following June 28 screening.

A famous actor’s manager gets his own chance to shine in front of the cameras and quickly rises, eventually eclipsing the fame of his former boss, in this send-up of the Korean film industry.

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Saturday, June 28

6:15pm

Monday, June 30

3:30pm
The White Storm

The White Storm

Benny Chan | 2013 | 137 mins

U.S. Premiere

One part Reefer Madness, one part John Woo action bromance, The White Storm is piled high with gunfights, male bonding, car crashes, snappy action, super melodrama, handsome cops, and intense style.

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Sunday, June 29

2:50pm
Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast

Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast

Chen Yu-hsun | 2013 | 145 mins

New York Premiere

A failed actress on the run from debt collectors moves back home, opens a catering business, and enters a cooking contest with a $1 million prize in this colorful and mouth-watering delight.

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Saturday, July 05

1:00pm
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