Monday ain’t no reason to slow down! Today the New York Asian Film Festival has another Taiwan Black Movie which looks frankly awesome, a Chinese blockbuster starring Fan Bingbing (seen in the international version of IRON MAN 3 and soon to be seen in the new X-MEN movie, apparently), and the new one from Takashi Miike, returning to horror after a couple years. So don’t let anyone get away with complaining about lack of anything to do today.
Here are today’s screenings, with pictures & summaries courtesy of the festival:
ON THE SOCIETY FILE OF SHANGHAI
1981 | TAIWAN | 90 MINUTES
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).
AOZARU SHIAO, KITAMURA TOYOHARU, 2013
TAIWAN | 124 MINUTES
As light and frothy as a bottle of champagne, Forever Love is the hit Taiwanese film about the local film industry in the late 60s when movies were cheap, stars were gods, and spies, giant monsters, and flying swordsmen crossed paths every day during lunch. A giddy, nostalgic, really funny joyride through the history of Taiwanese film.
LI YU, 2012
CHINA | 100 MINUTES
North American Premiere!
In their follow up to BUDDHA MOUNTAIN, Li Yu, one of China’s only female directors, and megastar Fan Bingbing team up again with this psychological thriller that turned into one of China’s major blockbusters of 2012. When Song Qi stumbles upon her boyfriend’s affair with her best friend, the ensuing confrontation between the two women winds up with her friend killed in an accident. However, when the investigation following her “confession” to the police reveals that all is not as it seems, Song Qi is forced to embark on a twisted journey into her past and the very depths of her own mind.
LESSON OF THE EVIL
TAKASHI MIIKE, 2012
JAPAN | 129 MINUTES
New York Premiere!
After making films like samurai epics 13 ASSASSINS and HARA KIRI and the children’s film NINJA KIDS!, Takashi Miike returns to familiar horror territory with LESSON OF THE EVIL, based on a best-selling horror novel. Clean-cut pop star Hideaki Ito plays Mr. Hasumi, a young, popular, good-looking teacher at an elite high school. While he’s beloved by his students and popular with pretty much everyone, Mr. Hasumi has a dark secret past and homicidal urges that can’t be contained.
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