The full list of awardees and special guests attending the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema’s 16th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has been announced. The 2017 edition of the festival will take place from June 30 to July 13 at the Film Society and July 14 to 16 at the SVA Theatre.
The festival will present five awards, including the Star Hong Kong Lifetime Achievement Award to Eric Tsang, two Star Asia Awards, the Screen International Rising Star Award to Thailand’s Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying as announced on June 5, and the Daniel E. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema to South Korea’s Jung Byung-gil.
They are among 30 guests attending this year’s festival. The complete list can be found below.
In addition to the previously announced Gang Dong-won, China’s Duan Yihong will be awarded the Star Asia Award, in recognition for an entire body of work, at the 16th New York Asian Film Festival on July 1. It will be presented in person to the actor before screenings of Extraordinary Mission and Battle of Memories at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
This is the first time that a Star Asia Award has been presented to an actor from China. Previous recipients include Donnie Yen, Miriam Yeung, and South Korea’s Lee Byung-hun. The festival’s Screen International Rising Star Asia Award recognizing new talent has previously been presented to two actors from China, Huang Bo in 2010 and Jelly Lin in 2016.
“We’re honored to give one of our top awards to Duan Yihong, whom we regard as one of China’s greatest modern actors,” said Samuel Jamier, the festival’s executive director. “The cinema of China is now central to our lineup, in recognition that it is not only at the forefront of genre cinema in Asia, but is also making the most perceptive, honest films about human relationships.”
Chinese-language films in this year’s selection include Yang Shupeng’s Blood of Youth, Han Han’s Duckweed, Liu Yulin’s Someone to Talk To, Zhang Yang’s Soul on a String, Leste Chen’s Battle of Memories, and Extraordinary Mission, directed by Alan Mak and Anthony Pun. They are co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute.
Also newly announced today is the Excellence in Action Cinema Award to South Korea’s Jung Byung-gil. The maverick director is a former guest of the festival in 2008 when he attended the international premiere of his debut feature Action Boys. He returns to New York almost a decade later with his reinvention of action cinema, The Villainess, which will be the closing film.
The NYAFF is also excited to announce that we are now honoring the great Eric Tsang with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a change from the previously announced awardee Tony Leung Ka-fai, who is unfortunately no longer able to attend the festival due to extenuating circumstances. Tsang is the perfect choice in a year in which we are championing first-time filmmakers from Hong Kong. Although best known as an actor, Tsang’s most vital contribution to Greater China cinema is as an investor, producer and supporter of new directors. The festival is showing his new film Mad World by first-time director Wong Chun, also attending.
The festival will screen 57 feature films over 17 days. The festival opens on June 30 with the international premiere of Thai high-school thriller Bad Genius and closes on July 16 with the U.S. premiere of the South Korean revenge thriller The Villainess. The festival’s centerpiece gala is Mikhail Red’s ecological thriller Birdshot from the Philippines.
The festival this year launches its competition for first- and second-time directors whose films are receiving their North American premiere. The seven films competing are Bad Genius (Thailand), Birdshot (
The New York Asian Film Festival is curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, deputy director Stephen Cremin, and programmers Claire Marty and David Wilentz. It is co-presented by Subway Cinema Inc and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival is held at Film Society of Lincoln Center (June 30 to July 13) and SVA Theater (July 14 to July 16).
FINAL GUEST LIST (30)
Duan Yihong 段奕宏, actor (EXTRAORDINARY MISSION, BATTLE OF MEMORIES) – STAR ASIA AWARD
Yang Shupeng 楊樹鵬, director (BLOOD OF YOUTH)
HONG KONG (8)
Florence Chan 陳楚珩, screenwriter (MAD WORLD)
Derek Hui 許宏宇, director (THIS IS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED)
Lawrence Lau 劉國昌, director (DEALER HEALER)
Alan Lo 盧煒麟, director (ZOMBIOLOGY: ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT)
Heiward Mak 麥曦茵, producer (MAD WORLD)
Carrie Ng 吳家麗, actress (ZOMBIOLOGY: ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT)
Eric Tsang 曾志偉, actor (MAD WORLD) – STAR HONG KONG LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Wong Chun 黃進, director (MAD WORLD)
Kei Ishikawa 石川慶, director (TRACES OF SIN)
Yuki Mamiya 間宮夕貴, actress (WET WOMAN IN THE WIND)
Naoko Ogigami 荻上直子, director (CLOSE-KNIT)
Akihiko Shiota 塩田明彥, director (WET WOMAN IN THE WIND)
Mikhail Red, director (BIRDSHOT)
SOUTH KOREA (11)
Cho Hyun-hoon 조현훈, director (JANE)
Gang Dong-won 강동원, actor (VANISHING TIME: A BOY WHO RETURNED) – STAR ASIA AWARD
Gu Gyo-hwan 구교환, actor (JANE)
Han Ye-ri 한예리, actress (A QUIET DREAM)
Jang Sung-gun 장성건, musician (BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO)
Jung Byung-gil 정병길, director (THE VILLAINESS) – DANIEL A. CRAFT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACTION CINEMA AWARD
Jung Yoon-suk 정윤석, director (BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO)
Kwon Yong-man권용만, musician (BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO)
Park Jung-eun박정근, producer (BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO)
Lee Min-ji이민지, actress (JANE)
Zhang Lu장률, director (A QUIET DREAM)
Chen Mei-juin 陳玫君, director (THE GANGSTER’S DAUGHTER)
Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying ชุติมณฑน์ จึงเจริญสุขยิ่ง (BAD GENIUS) – SCREEN INTERNATIONAL RISING STAR ASIA AWARD
Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ, director (BAD GENIUS)
Chanon Santinatornkul ชานน สันตินธรกุล, actor (BAD GENIUS)
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