FILM/FESTIVALS — FULL LINEUP FOR THE 15TH NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 22 – JULY 9, 2016
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER AND SUBWAY CINEMA
ANNOUNCE FULL LINEUP FOR
THE 15TH NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
JUNE 22 – JULY 9, 2016
OPENING GALA IS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF KAZUYA SHIRAISHI’S
JAPANESE CRIME EPIC _TWISTED JUSTICE_;
CENTERPIECE GALA IS THE NORTH
AMERICANnPREMIERE OF RALSTON JOVER’S _HAMOG (HAZE)_;
AND CLOSING GALA IS THE INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE OF ADAM TSUEI’S _THE TENANTS DOWNSTAIRS_ FROM TAIWAN
51-FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES SPOTLIGHTS ON THE CINEMAS OF HONG KONG,
SOUTH KOREAN, AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
FESTIVAL HONOREES INCLUDE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE IWAI
SCREEN INTERNATIONAL RISING STARS GO AYANO, JELLY LIN, AND TERI
MALVAR, AND STAR ASIA AWARD RECIPIENTS MIRIAM YEUNG, LEE
BYUNG-HUN, AND JOHN LLOYD CRUZ
NEW YORK, NY (MAY 31, 2016) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Subway Cinema announced today the complete lineup for the 15th NEW
YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYAFF), which will take place from June
22 to July 5 at the Film Society and July 6 to 9 at the SVA Theatre
(333 West 23rd Street). North America’s leading festival of popular
Asian cinema will showcase 51 feature films, including one World
Premiere, one International Premiere, 16 North American premieres, 2 U.S.
Premieres, and 14 films making their New York City debuts.
celebrity guests from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.
The Opening Night gala will be the World Premiere of Kazuya Shiraishi’s wild crime epic _Twisted Justice_,based on Yoshiaki Inaba’s autobiography and starring Japan’s hottest actor (and Rising Star honoree) Go Ayano as his country’s most corrupt police detective.
The Centerpiece Gala is the North American Premiere of Ralston Jover’s Hamog_ (Haze), an empowering, thrilling and impassioned tale of a gang of street kids, headlined by (Rising Star honoree) Teri Malvar.
“We set out this year to champion a much broader range of Asian cinema,” said NYAFF Executive Director Samuel Jamier. “For example, we are particularly excited by a new breed of noir film, rooted in social issues, that is emerging in both China and Southeast Asia. With these and other selections in the lineup, we want to show that Asian films are still exploring new directions for world cinema.”
Faithful to its Chinatown roots and central to its lineup, the festival will feature a HONG KONG PANORAMA, showcasing the most innovative films from the Special Administrative Region, with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York. From a
coming-of-age drama about high-school girls who become involved in the sex trade (_Lazy Hazy Crazy_), to a feel-good baseball movie set within Hong Kong’s public-housing system (_Weeds on Fire_), to a hard-boiled gangster omnibus (the Johnnie To-produced_Triviṣa_),
these films are revitalizing local genre staples with a fresh spin.
The program also includes Nick Cheung’s _Keeper of Darkness_,
Herman Yau’s _The Mobfathers_, and Adam Wong’s _She Remembers, He Forgets_.
THE SOUTH KOREAN CINEMA lineup includes a vibrant mix of thrillers (both supernatural and surreal) from first- and second-time directors that are daring twists on genre films (_Alone_, _The Boys Who Cried Wolf_, and_ The Priests_), and insightful art-house dramas focusing on social issues from established directors (Jung Ji-woo’s _Fourth
Place_ about how much we demand from the next generation, and E J-yong’s
_The Bacchus Lady _about the plight of the country’s abandoned elderly).
In co-presentation with the Korean Movie Night New York Master Series, NYAFF will feature the two latest films by Lee Joon-ik, who will attend screenings of _Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet_ (with producer and screenwriter Shin Yeon-shick) and _The Throne_. Together with Lee Jong-pil’s _The Sound of a Flower_, the triptych examines the scars
of South Korea’s troubled history. The festival’s 11 South Korean films are presented with the support of the Korean Cultural Center New York.
NYAFF’s TAIWAN CINEMA NOW! section defies genres with first films by
new directors Adam Tsuei (_The Tenants Downstairs_), Vic Cheng (_The Tag-Along_), and Lee Chung (_The Laundryman_) that expand the horizons of the island’s genre cinema. The section, presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, is completed by two powerful dramas from established filmmakers Tom Lin (_Zinnia Flower_) and Cheng Wen-tang (_Maverick_) that explore loss and redemption.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN CINEMA receives greater focus this year, reflecting how the region is making some of the world’s most innovative films.
Highlights include the Tamil-language _Jagat _(_Brutal_) from Malaysia, the acutely observed _Heart Attack_ from Thailand, and empowering youth noir _Haze (Hamog) _from the Philippines. Proving that stars from the region are just as glamorous and talented as
their Northern neighbors, we are joined by John Lloyd Cruz, Teri Malvar, Sid Lucero, Gwen Zamora, and Annicka Dolonius (stars of the Philippines’ sensuous surfing drama _Apocalypse Child_), and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (from the social-media slasher flick _Grace_).
SPECIAL SCREENINGS include a full day of films on July 4 from noon until midnight celebrating the indie spirit of Hong Kong cinema.
The day will conclude with the hotly anticipated _10 Years_, winner of Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards, which examines life in Hong Kong in an imaginary future when Cantonese is a second-class language and where the island has completely fallen under Mainland control.
The 2016 STAR ASIA AWARDS honorees are Hong Kong’s Miriam Yeung, the Philippines’ John Lloyd Cruz, and South Korea’s Lee Byung-hun, and all three box-office mega-stars will be in New York in person to discuss their newest films and their careers. Yeung, whose charismatic girl-next-door persona epitomizes the anything-is-possible spirit of Hong Kong, stars in in Adam Wong’s romantic drama _She Remembers, He Forgets. _The film is her return to the screen after headlining the biggest local hit of 2015, _Little Big Master_. Cruz, the Philippines’ most popular movie star, who broke box-office records in last year’s romantic drama _Second Chance_, transforms his image as a father who will do anything in festival selection _Honor Thy Father_,a powerful crime epic from Erik Matti. Lee, South Korean cinema’s leading man and one of the few to successfully cross over to Hollywood, stars in _Inside Men_, Woo Min-ho’s takedown of the corruption at the heart of South Korea’s institutions. Lee has been seen in multiple blockbuster action franchises (_G.I. Joe, Red 2, Terminator Genisys_), is best known for South Korean films _The Good, the Bad, the Weird_, _I Saw the Devil_, and _Bittersweet Life _(by Kim Jee-woon); as well as the tormented soldier in Park Chan-wook’s_ Joint Security Area_ and the lowlife-turned-king in Choo Chang-min’s _Masquerade_.
IN ADDITION TO THE STAR ASIA AWARDS, PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED AWARD
· LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – IWAI SHUNJI. The first Japanese recipient of the award, he will present his three cinematic epics–_Swallowtail Butterfly _(1996), _All About Lily Chou-Chou_ (2001), and _A Bride for Rip Van Winkle_ (2016), also starring
Ayano–during the festival’s opening weekend. Iwai has proven himself one of Asia’s most influential filmmakers since his mid-1990s Undo_, _Picnic_, and _Love Letter_. He is recognized for capturing the spirit of the times, and stretching the cinematic language of Asian cinema. Despite his early successes, he has continued to reinvent himself, recently directing his first animated feature.
· SCREEN INTERNATIONAL RISING STAR ASIA AWARDS – CHINA’S
JELLY LIN, JAPAN’S AYANO GO, AND THE PHILIPPINES’ TERI MALVAR.
Lin made a powerful debut this year, showcasing her natural comedic
skills in Stephen Chow’s fish-out-of-water tale (China’s highest-grossing
film) _The Mermaid_; 15-year-old Malvar has already proven herself one
of Asia’s most naturally gifted actresses, and stars in festival selection _Hamog _(_Haze_), in which her violent street kid character is kidnapped into a twisted household to work as its maid; and Ayano, Japan’s hottest actor of 2016 is being recognized for his
chameleon-like range, stars in two of the festival’s key films, Twisted Justice_ and _A Bride for Rip Van Winkle_.
· DANIEL A. CRAFT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACTION CINEMA – YUE SONG. The Chinese actor, director, and stunt choreographer will be honored for his old-school, balls-to-the-wall instant-classic kung-fu flick _The Bodyguard_. Yue found fame online by uploading action-packed training videos and short films that became cult hits in China, before making his first feature _King of the Street_. His new film has found a natural home in our anniversary edition.
_Curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, senior programmer Stephen Cremin, and programmers Rufus de Rham and Claire Marty. _
The New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and takes place from June 22 to July 5 at Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater, and July 6 to 9 at SVA Theatre.
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FULL LINEUP (51):
*Guests in attendance; see next section for complete list
– _The Bodyguard_ (dir. Yue Song, 2016)*
– _Mr. Six_ (dir. Guan Hu, 2015)
– _Saving Mr. Wu_ (dir. Ding Sheng, 2015)
– _What’s in the Darkness_ (dir. Wang Yichun, 2016)*
HONG KONG PANORAMA (9):
Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
– _The Bodyguard _(dir. Sammo Hung, 2016)
– _Keeper of Darkness_ (dir. Nick Cheung, 2015)
– _Lazy Hazy Crazy_ (dir. Luk Yee-sum, 2015)
– _Love in the Buff_ (dir. Pang Ho-cheung, 2012)
– _The Mermaid_ (dir. Stephen Chow, 2016)*
– _The Mobfathers_ (dir. Herman Yau, 2016) w/short _Killer and
Undercover_ (dir. Lau Ho-Leung, 2016)
– _She Remembers, He Forgets_ (dir. Adam Wong, 2015)*
– _Triviṣa _(dirs. Frank Hui, Jevons Au & Vicky Wong, 2016) *
– _Weeds on Fire_ (dir. Chan Chi-fat, 2016)
HONG KONG SPECIAL SCREENING (1):
– _10 Years_ (dirs. Kwok Zune, Chow Kwun-wai, Jevons Au, Ng
Wong Fei-pang, 2015)*
– _All About Lily Chou-Chou_ (dir. Iwai Shunji, 2001)*
– _A Bride for Rip Van Winkle_ (dir. Iwai Shunji, 2016)*
– _Creepy_ (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2016)
– _Hentai Kamen 2: The Abnormal Crisis_ (dir. Yuichi Fukuda, 2016)
– _Kiyamachi Daruma_ (dir. Hideo Sakaki, 2015)
– _Miss Hokusai_ (dir. Keiichi Hara, 2015)
– _Swallowtail Butterfly_ (dir. Iwai Shunji, 1996)*
– _Tekkonkinkreet_ (dir. Michael Arias, 2006)*
– _Tetsuo: The Iron Man_ (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989)
– _Twisted Justice _(dir. Kazuya Shiraishi, 2016)
– _What a Wonderful Family!_ (Yoji Yamada, 2016)
Plus, an additional two titles to be announced at a later date
SOUTH KOREA (11):
Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Center New York
– _Alone_ (dir. Park Hong-min, 2015)
– _The Bacchus Lady_ (dir. E J-yong, 2016)
– _The Boys Who Cried Wolf_ (dir. Kim Jin-hwang, 2015)*
– _Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet_ (dir. Lee Joon-ik, 2016)*
– _Fourth Place_ (dir. Jung Ji-woo, 2015)
– _Inside Men_ (dir. Woo Min-ho, 2015)*
– _The Priests_ (dir. Jang Jae-hyun, 2015)
– _Seoul Station_ (dir. Yeon Sang-ho, 2015)
– _The Sound of a Flower_ (dir. Lee Jong-pil, 2015)
– _The Throne_ (dir. Lee Joon-ik, 2015)*
– _A_ _Violent Prosecutor_ (dir. Lee Il-hyeong, 2016)
SOUTHEAST ASIA (7)
– _Apocalypse Child_ (dir. Mario Cornejo, 2015)*
– _Grace_ (dirs. Ornusa Donsawai & Pun Homchuen, 2016)*
– _Hamog _(_Haze_) (dir. Ralston Jover, 2015)*
– _Heart Attack_ (dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 2015)
– _Honor Thy Father (_dir. Erik Matti, 2015)*
– _Jagat_ (_Brutal_) (dir. Shanjhey Kumar Perumal, 2015)*
– _Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass_ (dir. Victor Vu, 2015)
Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO
– _The Laundryman_ (dir. Lee Chung, 2015)
– _Maverick_ (dir. Cheng Wen-tang, 2015)
– _The Tag-Along_ (dir. Cheng Wei-hao, 2015)
– _The Tenants Downstairs_ (dir. Adam Tsuei, 2016)*
– _Zinnia Flower_ (dir. Tom Lin, 2015)
LIST OF GUESTS ATTENDING:
– Jelly Lin (actress); _The Mermaid_
– Wang Yichun (director); _What’s in the Darkness_
– Yue Song (actor/director); _The Bodyguard_
HONG KONG (8):
– Jevons Au (director); _Triviṣa _& _10 Years_
– Andrew Choi (producer); _10 Years_
– Chow Kwun-wai (director); _10 Years_
– Kwok Zune (director); _10 Years_
– Ng Ka-leung (director/producer); _10 Years_
– Adam Wong (director); _She Remembers, He Forgets_
– Wong Fei-pang (director); _10 Years_
– Miriam Yeung (actress); _She Remember, He Forgets_ & _Love in
– Michael Arias (director); _Tekkonkinkreet_
– Go Ayano (actor); _Twisted Justice_ & _A Bride for Rip Van
– Yoshinori Chiba (producer); _Twisted Justice_
– Hideo Sakaki (director); _Kiyamachi Daruma_
– Iwai Shunji (director); _All About Lily Chou-Chou_, _A Bride for
Van Winkle_ & Swallowtail Butterfly
– Kazuya Shiraishi (director); _Twisted Justice_
SOUTH KOREA (4)
– Kim Jin-hwang (director); _The Boys Who Cried Wolf_
– Lee Byung-hun (actor); _Inside Men_
– Lee Joon-ik (director); _Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet_ & _The
– Shin Yeon-shick (producer/screenwriter); _Dongju: The Portrait
SOUTHEAST ASIA (9)
– Annicka Dolonius (actress); _Apocalypse Child_
– John Lloyd Cruz (actor/producer); _Honor Thy Father_
– Monster Jimenez (producer); _Apocalypse Child_
– Sid Lucero (actor); _Apocalypse Child_
– Teri Malvar (actress); _Hamog _(_Haze_)
– Dondon Monteverde (producer); _Honor Thy Father_
– Shanjhey Kumar Perumal (director); _Jagat _(_Brutal_)
– Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (actress); _Grace_
– Gwen Zamora (actress); _Apocalypse Child_
– Adam Tsuei (director); _The Tenants Downstairs_
– Ivy Shao (actress); _The Tenants Downstairs_
– Li Xing (actress); _The Tenants Downstairs_
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