Japan Cuts 2014 Review: WOOD JOB! Takes Us Deep Into the World Of Forestry, With Wonderfully Comic Results

The recent Japanese film Wood Job! is not, despite its very suggestive title, a pornographic film, which will either relieve or disappoint you, depending on where your movie tastes happen to lie. Instead, it is the latest comedy by Yaguchi... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: HOPE, Devastatingly Sad Yet Beautifully Uplifting

One of the drawbacks of being a working critic is that the volume of film viewing this necessitates, trying to keep up with new releases, festival and retrospective screenings and such, can tend to flatten out your emotional responses to... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: BLIND MASSAGE, An Artful And Affecting Ensemble Drama

Often controversial Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye delivers one of his finest films with Blind Massage, a delicately observed and artfully directed ensemble drama, based on the novel of the same name by Bi Feiyu. Putting aside, at least for the... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: GOLDEN CHICKENSSS, In Which the Third Time Isn't Entirely the Charm

The 2002 comedy Golden Chicken and its 2003 sequel Golden Chicken 2, starring Hong Kong's queen of comedy Sandra Ng, were love letters both to Ng herself, who was given perhaps the greatest showcase committed to film of her formidable... More »
  

Get Stomped By The NYAFF 2014 Trailer!

Brace yourselves, New Yorkers! The 13th edition of the New York Asian Film kicks off tomorrow and things are going to get crazy. I mean, look at the header image. That's how these guys roll. And if you prefer your... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Preview: New York Asian Film Festival, Still Crazy After All These Years

A mainstay in the NYC cinephile scene for thirteen yeas, the New York Asian Film Festival could be called an institution, but can something that is often so much fun as NYAFF be called as such? In short, yes. Despite... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

New York Asian Film Fest Will Own Your Summer!

If you're a New York cinephile then today is the day you basically will much of your summer away to the guys at Subway Cinema, as they've announced the full line up for the 2014 edition of NYAFF.Chock full of... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: A Chat With Legendary Taiwanese Director & Actor Tsai Yang-ming

Earlier this month the New York Asian Film Festical honored Taiwanese director & actor Tsai Yang-ming with a lifetime achievement award for his 50 years in the film industry. Tsai started his career in film as a manager at a... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: Director Jang Cheol-soo Talks SECRETLY, GREATLY

Diva Velez recently sat down with Jang Cheol-soo, the man behind the 2010 horror Bedeviled, to chat about his latest film, Secretly, Greatly, a spy vs. spy, North vs. South film that equally plots itself as a comedy, actioner and... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: Andrew Lau On The State Of HK Cinema Today

Andrew Lau is a name that is very much known and beloved in these here parts. Last month the legendary Hong Kong director was in New York for the New York Asian Film Festival to introduce a small slate of... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: Sono Sion's BAD FILM Is By No Means That

Nobody should walk into a Sono Sion film and expect to anything close to a conventional experience. The director's two most well-received films -- 2008's upskirt photography romance Love Exposure and 2010's fish store owner/serial killer epic Cold Fish-- are... More »
By John Jarzemsky   
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: Ryoo Seung-beom Talks The Actor's Process And The Need For Breaks

Famous in these here parts for his roles in Crying Fist, The Unjust and The Berlin File (not to mention his debut in brother Ryoo Seung-wan's lo-fi shit-kicking Die Bad),  Ryoo Seung-beom was in New York last month for a... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: IT'S ME, IT'S ME, A Surreal Farce On the Nature of Identity

A comically surrealist farce on the nature of identity in the digital age, Miki Satoshi's latest film It's Me, It's Me features an impressively energetic and remarkably varied multiple performance by J-pop star Kamenashi Kazuya as the central character, or... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: Herman Yau And Erica Li Talk IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT

Director Herman Yau and screenwriter Erica Li were in New York this past month to attend the North American premiere of their film Ip Man: The Final Fight. Our own Diva Velez was fortunate enough to sit down with them... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: A STORY OF YONOSUKE Reflects on Human Kindness and Unending Optimism In ... Us

From reading a brief synopsis online of A Story of Yonosuke, and with its 2 1/2 hour plus runtime, and the fact it is a period piece (taking place in 1987), I was fully expecting a Being There or Forest... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: I'M FLASH!, A Visually and Sonically Stylish Tale of Gangsters and Religious Cultists

Religious cultists, yakuza hitmen, a lovely bar pickup, and a speeding motorcyclist collide, quite literally, in the genre oddity that is I'M FLASH!, the latest from iconoclastic director Toyoda Toshiaki (9 Souls, The Hanging Garden). This time, Toyoda jettisons the... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: JUVENILE OFFENDER, A Deeply Humanistic and Beautifully Acted Character Study

Juvenile Offender, Kang Yi-kwan's delicately observed, tightly written, deeply humanistic small-scale drama is one of the must-see films of this year's New York Asian Film Festival. Bracingly tough-minded, this film deftly avoids the traps inherent in its narrative material, especially... More »
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: This VERY ORDINARY COUPLE Aims to Show You What's What

Grand romance, as depicted on screen, written on the page or sung into a microphone, is the stuff of dreams. We crave it and feel it vicariously through surrogate works. It happens in life too but scarcely as magnificently as... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: Kim Go-eun, Star Of EUNGYO (A MUSE)

Plucked from relative obscurity to play the title character in Jung Ji-woo's adaptation of Eungyo (A Muse), the controversial and popular Koren novel by Park Bum-shin, Kim Go-eun is no doubt now a star in her native country winning nearly... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

NYAFF 2013 Interview: Director Jung Ji-woo On EUNGYO (A MUSE)

Jung Ji-woo, best known around these parts for his 1999 film Happy End, and as screenwriter for the 2010 thriller Moss, was in New York this past week for the screening of his latest film as director: Eungyo (A Muse).... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  
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