NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF): DAY SIX!

New York Asian Film Festival

 

The New York Asian Film Festival enters its sixth day with a couple afternoon showings that are making me contemplate walking out on the day job for a “snow day,” and an evening selection that I’m still not entirely sure is real.  That’s a good thing.  Check it out.

The NYAFF is being presented by Subway Cinema (visit them here), and all of today’s screenings are taking place at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center (find a more complete rundown here).

Here are today’s screenings, with pictures & summaries courtesy of the festival:

 

The Great War

 

THE GREAT WAR

YAN YAN MAK, 2013
HONG KONG | 97 MINUTES

 

Director Yan Yan Mak in person for Q&A at July 3 screening!

A surprisingly personal and revealing documentary about the concert battle between legendary Cantopop band Grasshopper and hip hop duo Softhard. Directed by Yan Yan Mak (BUTTERFLY, MERRY-GO-ROUND) doesn’t just fill out the running time with interviews and performance footage, but also shows the concert from the point of view of several audience members (including a Hong Kong legislative council member). With this, Mak takes the show beyond the entertainment industry bubble to show a broader perspective to convey what these pop culture events mean to the audience.

 

Confession of Murder

 

CONFESSION OF MURDER

JEONG BYEONG-GIL, 2012
SOUTH KOREA | 119 MINUTES

North American Premiere!

From the director of the hit NYAFF documentary ACTION BOYS (about the tough lives of stuntmen in the Korean film biz), comes this thriller filled with adrenalizing set pieces in the vein of THE CHASER. A punch-drunk cop has to figure out the truth when a media-ready stud comes forward with a book claiming he murdered 10 women years ago. The catch? He can’t be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has expired.

 

Mystery

 

MYSTERY

LOU YE, 2012
CHINA/FRANCE | 95 MINUTES

North American Premiere!

China’s acclaimed art house director Lou Ye makes a welcome comeback in the Chinese film industry after being banned for almost five years. All about a middle class marriage that implodes in a collision of sex, murder, infidelity, and vehicular mayhem, MYSTERY won Best Film at the Asian Film Awards.

 

 

Feng Shui

 

FENG SHUI

WANG JING, 2012
CHINA | 117 MINUTES

New York Premiere!

One of the most acclaimed movies to come out of China last year, FENG SHUI harnesses the talents of underrated actress Yan Bingyan to deliver this family drama about a woman desperate to ascend to the middle class and willing to pay any price. Powerful and emotionally tense, this is a portrait of the hidden side of the great Chinese success story.

 

Countdown

 

COUNTDOWN

NATTAWAT POONPIRIYA, 2012
THAILAND | 91 MINUTES

North American Premiere!

An acclaimed Thai horror movie about three Thai hipsters in New York City who make a big mistake when they call an evil American drug dealer named Jesus to provide their needs for a New Year’s Eve party. Along with the drugs, Jesus supplies a psychological game involving violence and torture as the clock counts down to the New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

“An evil American drug dealer named Jesus”?!?  Sold.  Show me the movie!

 

 

@jonnyabomb

 

 

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