On this week’s podcast, we’re sharing a highlight from the 17th New York Asian Film Festival, now playing here at the Film Society through July 15th. The annual showcase brings most exciting comedies, dramas, thrillers, romances, horrors and art-house films from East Asia to New York audiences.

Japanese director Masato Harada, who studied filmmaking in London and worked as a film critic in Los Angeles, delivered a master class in which he discussed his career, the state of contemporary Japanese cinema, and the role of cinema in public discourse. This year, the director has been chosen to receive the festival’s Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Listen to his master class below or click here to subscribe and listen on iTunes.