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The 20th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), a hybrid event with NYAFF’s largest film lineup to date, will screen over 60 films, both virtually and in-person, to audiences in New York and across the country from August 6 – 22, 2021.
NYAFF’s 2021 lineup will include two Japanese world premieres, six international premieres, 29 North American premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and nine New York premieres, showcasing the most exciting action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from Japan, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Singapore, and for the first time, Myanmar and the U.S.
Following an unprecedented year in which COVID-19 and increased violence against the Asian community in the United States presented enormous challenges, NYAFF is more committed than ever to increasing exposure of Asian representation on screen, and to provide opportunities for audiences of all communities to experience the diversity and brilliance of Asian cinema.
See information about SVA Theatre screenings here.
Tickets are $12 each with a discounted FLC All-Access Pass for $150 for all virtual titles.
North American Premiere • Watch Virtually Starting Aug. 22Janine Gutierrez (star of NYAFF 2020 Opening Film The Girl and the Gun) and director JC Santos are perfectly paired in this meditation on the pandemic, a dexterous blend of romantic escapism with the heavier concerns about family, health, and distance that have impacted us all.
Free Outdoor Screening at Restart StagesTwo of Asia’s greatest actresses of all time, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin (who famously took an arrow in the eye during the shoot), play badass swordswomen who attempt to thwart Ming Dynasty eunuch Tsao (played by Donnie Yen in full supervillain form) as he masterminds a plot to take over the Empire.
North American PremiereSet in Inner Mongolia in the 1980s, when China launched economic development programs that resulted in widespread clear-cutting (essentially mass destruction by chainsaw), this is a breathtakingly beautiful debut with a romance at its heart and an environmental message in its soul.
International PremiereSet in 1991, when a long-festering internal conflict erupted into war, the fact-based film thrusts the audience into the terrifying street-level chaos, as two sets of Korean diplomats attempt to flee the country with their families and lives intact.
New York Premiere · Q&A with director Aimee Long and actor Kenny LeuThe compelling feature debut of Aimee Long, this troubling, fact-based film touches on of-the-moment themes that have become part of the public dialogue—from racial politics to the role of the media in manipulating public sentiment and meting out justice.
New York PremiereA deeply compassionate and intensely moving film about an ex-con’s bumpy road to redemption, this masterwork from Miwa Nishikawa is punctuated by gentle humor, pointed satire, and explosive violence, and anchored by a career-best performance from beloved actor Kōji Yakusho.
Tickets for the 20th New York Asian Film Festival are now on sale!
Tickets for in-person programming are $15 for General Public and $12 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities. FLC Members receive $10 discounted in-person tickets. Get in-person tickets by clicking the “Films” or “Schedule” tab above.
See more and save at FLC with a six-film FLC All-Access Pass for $60. Purchase here. Please note, the FLC All-Access Pass can only be purchased online and can be picked up at the box office starting the first day of NYAFF.
See more and save at SVA with a SVA Theatre All-Access Pass for $250.
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