The New York Asian Film Foundation and Film at Lincoln Center present the 20th anniversary edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) with a full return to big-screen viewing. Following a fully virtual 2020 edition and a hybrid 2021 edition, NYAFF is delighted to present this year’s 60+ new and classic titles fully in person from July 15–28, 2022.
NYAFF remains fully committed to increasing exposure of Asian representation on screen and providing opportunities for audiences of all communities to experience the diversity and brilliance of Asian and Asian American cinema. The 20th anniversary lineup will include world, international, North American, U.S., and New York premieres, showcasing the most exhilarating action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films.
Watch our programmers preview for this year’s edition:
Don't miss talks with Josie Ho, Takashi Shimizu, Dennis Liu, Doris Yeung & more! Free to all NYAFF ticket and pass holders. Learn more at the bottom of the page.
Co-presented with CineCina Film Festival
New York Premiere | Q&A with Zhang JiWhen Detective Shu investigates a serial murder cold case in which cab drivers were targeted, he reunites with his long-lost childhood friend Fei and is pulled dramatically into dark layers of memory.
US PremiereXu Dong has to send his beloved dog away when his wife Meiling's due date approaches.
North American PremiereOne and Four is a wintry western that stares unblinkingly at the likes of Cui Siwei’s recent snow-capped masterpiece Savage, and The Hateful Eight, for the intensity of its plot, poised between the ecological fable and the metaphysical thriller.
New York PremiereA crew arrives in a small town in southern China for pre-production on a film titled Ripples of Life. Initially, the story is based on the premise that life is dull and nothing ever happens in towns like this.
New York PremiereThis marvelous, enigmatic, sentimental story takes viewers to a secret spot by the pond, where the boundary between dreams and reality is gently blurred. Screens with Tang Yi's All the Crows in the World.
Presented with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York
International PremiereThe leads' non-stop slapstick shenanigans spice up the classic Chinese New Year comedy formula, producing a brilliant blend of wacky characters and family team-building that is as scrumptiously mouth-watering as the spicy condiment itself.
Introduction by Josie HoJosie Ho pushes the envelope with this unforgettable performance as a tenacious young woman who will stop at nothing to buy a beautiful home with a view.
North American PremiereHau is a 28-year-old IT super-geek who’s got everything he needs in life except a love interest.
North American Premiere | Q&A with Josie Ho and Kim ChanSurprised to discover that Hong Kong ranks a low 74 on the World Happiness Index, creative powerhouse Josie Ho (Dream Home) decides to do something about it.
Tribute to Josie Ho | Introduction by Josie HoJosie Ho shines as “Beast” Ng, a tough-as-nails badminton pro who, after a violent on-court outburst, falls hard from grace.
Free Outdoor Screening at Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza on July 16One of the most searing romances of the '90s, Wong’s raw, lushly stylized portrayal of a relationship in breakdown stars Tony Leung & Leslie Cheung as a couple traveling in Argentina.
North American PremiereA down-on-his-luck director finally gets the chance to shoot his dream project, a remake of his favorite childhood wuxia story.
New York PremiereMei-fung (veteran Teresa Mo) is a former talent manager and now single mother, who discovers a potential star and reignites her career.
World PremiereA meta-comedy led by a particularly inspired ensemble cast, with Eric Tsang (NYAFF 2017 Lifetime Achievement honoree) starring as the most smiley would-be actor you’ve ever seen.
Presented with the support of the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund
North American Premiere | Q&A with Kasho IizukaA gay, biracial high schooler who was raised by his feisty Filipina bar hostess mom in Japan’s conservative countryside, 18-year-old Jungo has quite a few reasons to live up to the film’s title.
International PremiereThis sharply observed dissection of a volatile relationship between two college students may have some viewers gasping for air, but there’s no denying that playwright Takuya Kato’s film debut lives up to the ambitions of its rigorous formalism.
North American Premiere | Q&A with Mayu NakamuraA cultural milestone in Japan, Intimate Stranger is a disturbing psychological chiller about a single mother’s search for her missing son.
North American PremiereNYAFF mainstay Kazuya Shiraishi (Last of the Wolves, NYAFF 2021) returns with his most elegant, restrained work yet, but with plenty of gore in this seductive thriller about a diabolical serial killer who from death row contacts a young law student for help.
World Premiere | Q&A with Hiroshi Abe (recipient of the Screen International Star Asia Award) and Eiji UchidaThe Naked Director helmer Eiji Uchida may be best known for his hard-R films, but he shines brightly with Offbeat Cops, which is both a tender comedic caper and a chronicle of failure and second chances.
North American Premiere | Q&A with Takashi Shimizu, recipient of the Screen International Star Asia Lifetime Achievement AwardThree high school girls go missing after a prank gone wrong in J-horror grandmaster Takeshi Shimizu’s final “village” film, taking his gonzo macabre mash-up of folk horror, urban legends, found footage and supernatural terror to the ultimate level.
East Coast PremiereIn this exceptionally engaging coming-of-age dramedy, Non (star of Hold Me Back, NYAFF 2021) plays Itsuka, an art student who’s finishing up her graduation project when her college is closed down due to Covid.
U.S. Premiere | Q&A with Shinji Higuchi and Tomoya Nishino on July 23Japan's most successful tokusatsu-vs.-kaiju series of all time gets a shiny new reimagining from creative titans Hideaki Anno (writer-producer) and Shinji Higuchi (director), the dynamic duo behind Shin Godzilla.
World Premiere | Free Q&A with director Nik Amir Mustapha on July 24A man’s quotidian world is suddenly disrupted by strange events when he takes his aging father to the hospital for a check-up. A charitable woman hands him a calling card to the future; a hostile ex unleashes public humiliation; a new love interest suddenly whisks him off his feet.
North American Premiere | Q&A with Janchivdorj SengedorjWhen college coed Saruul takes a temporary job as a clerk in a sex shop, her awakening begins—but it’s not what you think.
New York Premiere | Q&A with Jun Robles Lana and Christian BablesDharna, a gay hairdresser and model citizen beloved by his community, learns that his name has been added to a government watchlist, which falsely claims he is a drug addict.
World Premiere | Q&A with Ken Kwek, Yao, Pam OeiIn a tour-de-force performance, yao (fka Thomas Pang of Tiong Bahru Social Club, NYAFF 2021 selection) plays renegade vlogger Sean and his gay identical twin, Ricky, supercharging this exhilarating, damning, and morally essential fable about social media celebrity, cancel culture, and the erosion of human rights.
Co-presented with Korean Cultural Center New York
U.S. PremiereImbued with gritty realism as well as fantastic cinematic panache, Hot Blooded exposes human beings at their most base and despicable—even those who believe in honor among thieves.
North American Premiere | Q&A with More Ji-min and Lee Il-haMo Ji-min, the impossibly glamorous headliner More at Club Trans for the past two decades, is one of Itaewon’s most popular drag queens.
U.S. Premiere | Q&A with Yeom Ji-hoIn a tour-de-force performance, Oh Dong-min plays a young man (and impromptu rapper) who’s studying for the police exam when a series of unexpected events deliver a real-life crime-fighting test.
North American Premiere | Q&A with Ryu Seung-ryong and Cho Eun-jiA joyous blend of hilarity and compassion, actress Cho Eun-ji’s directorial debut presents love in all its possible permutations.
International Premiere | Q&A with Kwon Soo-kyung | All proceeds donated to the American Cancer SocietyYoung Bae is an average high-end automobile broker, working on the deal of a lifetime: an imported supercar.
New York Premiere | Q&A with Kim Hye-yoon (recipient of the Screen International Rising Star Asia Award) and Park Ri-woongThe other girl with the dragon tattoo is Korean, and her name is Kim Hye-yoon—here she delivers a breathtaking, star-making turn as the eponymous girl who takes no guff from anyone.
Special Screening | Q&A with Jang Hyuk (recipient of the Daniel A. Craft Award For Excellence In Action Cinema) and Choi Jae-hunThis explosive compound of Asian action cinema tropes and triumphs is a balls-to-the-wall thrill ride of suspenseful combat bravado and then some.
Presented with the support of Taipei Cultural Center in New York
International Premiere | Q&A with Tom TengWith each audacious exploit, this absurdist noir comedy grows increasingly extravagant, gruesome, even heart-stopping, but never ceases to surprise.
North American PremiereTaiwanese American director Arvin Chen returns to the silver screen almost 10 years after Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
North American PremiereGawky, food-obsessed high school girl Weixin (Moon Lee) inadvertently leads handsome BMOC Youquan (singer-songwriter Eric Chou) to think her beautiful best friend has a crush on him.
New York PremiereA delusional young man (Austin Lin of iWeirDO, NYAFF 2020) suddenly attacks a couple in public with a ninja sword.
International PremiereSingle mother Chun Hua works two jobs, struggling to survive the hustle of Taipei while facing a personal crisis.
Opening Night | International Premiere | Q&A with Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Nat Kitcharit & Urassaya SperbundThirty-year-old Kao is the world’s fastest sport stacker, thanks in large part to his self-sacrificing girlfriend, Jay (NYAFF 2022 Screen International Rising Star Urassaya Sperbund), who allows him to practice nonstop.
East Coast Premiere | Q&A with Tom Huang and Hayden SzetoSuccessful go-getter Margaret heads back home when her irascible father takes to his bed, suffering from debilitating depression.
All talks are free to NYAFF ticket and pass holders. Single tickets also available for purchase.
Free and open to the public!Join Imaginur director Nik Amir Mustapha for an in-depth talk about his boundary-defying, provocative new film. New York based Malaysian Director and Cinematographer Isabella Tan will moderate the discussion.
Navigating the film industry as independent creators and Asian Americans.
NYAFF will host an illuminating conversation with key Asian American film industry professionals. Dennis Liu (creator, “Raising Dion”), Brian Yang (producer, Dealing with Dad, Snakehead), Doris Yeung (director, producer, founder…
Free for NYAFF pass and ticket holders | July 21 at 6:30pm - 12amJoin us for a night celebrating Japanese culture and food. Featuring the Japanese films Ribbon, Intimate Stranger, and Lesson in Murder, delicious Takoyaki made by long-time NYAFF sponsor Karlsballs after the screening of Ribbon and a live performance by Soh Daiko after the screening of Intimate Stranger.
Tickets for the 20th Anniversary New York Asian Film Festival are now on sale!
Tickets are $15; $12 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities; and $10 for NYAFF and Film at Lincoln Center members.
Save with the purchase of three tickets or more with the 3+ Film Package. Discount automatically applied when adding at least three tickets to your cart. Note: Opening Night, premium events, and talks are excluded.
Special Ticket Pricing
Opening Night: Fast & Feel Love
Screening-Only: Tickets are $25 for General Public / $20 for Members, Students, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities.
Screening + Night Market: Tickets are $50 for General Public / $40 for Members, Students, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities.
Talks: Tickets are free for any NYAFF ticket or pass holder, $10 for General Public / $5 for Members, Students, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities.
Passes will be available to pick up at the box office starting the first day of the festival. Your pass will grant access to one (1) for every film in the series, with exceptions listed on our website where applicable. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to a screening as late seating cannot be guaranteed.
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