The seventeenth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival is nearly upon us. This annual survey of essential—and often wild—films is New York’s most exhaustive selection of titles from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and other countries across Southeast Asia. Programmed and operated by Subway Cinema, NYAFF features contemporary premieres and classic titles, plus a host of in-person appearances and Q&As with up-and-coming and established stars and auteurs.
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1
Monday, July 2
Wednesday, July 4
Thursday, July 5
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
Saturday, July 14
Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute
U.S. PremiereIt’s 1998 and fifth grader Xiaoyang is caught up in China’s World Cup obsession, but his strict father, who is also the school headmaster, forbids him from playing sports. But his outspoken neighbor Grandpa Zheng secretly trains him for the soccer team tryout.
International Premiere · Director Jiang Jiachen will be in attendanceA graduate student loses his professor’s dog. Worried this will jeopardize his prospective tutorship to help him secure a good job, he enlists his layabout father in the search. Jiang Jiachen’s debut feature is a biting satire of China’s emerging social ills.
New York Premiere · Q&A with director Xin Yukun and actor Jiang Wu, who will receive the Star Asia AwardSearching for his missing son in the rough mountains of Northern China, a mute, fiercely stubborn miner (martial arts star Song Yang) confronts a world of corruption led by a villainous coal tycoon (Jiang Wu) in this gripping contemporary mystery.
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Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York
North American PremiereChina's most exciting new action star Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster, SPL 2: A Time for Consequences, Ip Man 3, Pacific Rim: Uprising) gets his first leading role—and goes blond—in this crime drama set on the high seas, combining scuba stunts, car chases, and human drama
Q&A with actress Stephy Tang, who will receive the Screen International Rising Star AwardJapanese-Chinese Mari has long been forced to practice karate by her strict father (Kurata Yasuaki). When he suddenly dies, she rejoices to sell the dojo and finally embrace a slacker lifestyle.
World Premiere · Preceded by Live Performance · Q&A with director Antony ChanDirected by the band’s drummer Antony Chan and featuring contemporary musicians, this turbo-charged ’70s Hong Kong flashback chronicles the meteoric rise of real-life pop sensation The Wynners.
Centerpiece Screening · World Premiere · Q&A with director Sunny Chan and actress Jennifer YuFour telecom employees begrudgingly join the company’s dragon boat team to help keep them immune from encroaching layoffs, only to discover themselves, in this life-affirming comedy-drama.
Q&A with director Dante Lam and producer Candy Leung; Lam will receive the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action CinemaA major breakthrough in action cinema, Dante Lam’s epic is a nonstop barrage of shootouts, deadly hand-to-hand combat, high-powered chases, and nail-biting suspense.
New York PremiereWhen his daughter goes missing in Thailand, a Hong Kong cop (Louis Koo) teams with local police (Tony Jaa) to find her, but instead finds himself embroiled in a web of corruption and violence in this explosive thriller from renowned action director Wilson Yip.
North American PremiereIn 1988, the streets of Hiroshima are rife with yakuza, and loose cannon cop Ogami (Koji Yakusho) is rumored to be as corrupt as them. Rookie detective Hioka learns this the hard way when Ogami gives him a crash course in subterfuge and street smarts.
Opening Night · North American Premiere · Q&A with director Masanori Tominaga and actor Tasuku Emoto · Opening Night PartyDirector Masanori Tominaga brings the memoir of Japan porn-mag mogul Akira Suei to the screen with this monumental biopic that chronicles his rise from sign painter to publisher and beyond.
North American Premiere · Q&A with director Takaomi OgataWhen a high-school teacher is arrested for statutory rape, his sex video is leaked and rumors spread that the girl in it looks just like his student Hitomi. This tragic and powerful cautionary tale is an indictment of society, human nature, and the media.
North American Premiere · Director Masao Takeshita will be in attendanceBased on an award-winning novel, this deceptively quiet tale eloquently details a broken family coming to terms with the quotidian yet often suffocating travails of blood relations, love, and life itself.
New York Premiere · Q&A with director Masato Harada, who will receive the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement AwardThis sweeping epic—about Japanese history’s bloodiest battle, fought on a single day in 1600, with losses of 30,000 people—teems with historical characters and enough Machiavellian maneuvering and exciting action for an entire miniseries.
Closing Night · World Premiere · Q&A with director Erik Matti and actors Anne Curtis & Brandon Vera · Closing Night PartyAfter two decades making erotica, fantasy, horror, thrillers and a superhero comedy, Erik Matti directs his first all-out action film. And it’s relentless, featuring 309 stuntmen, 1,278 extras, and a wildly ambitious three-minute, one-cut action scene.
New York Premiere · Q&A with actress Anne CurtisIn this clever anti-romance, Dingdong Dantes plays a cutthroat stockbroker who can’t sleep at night. He befriends Anne Curtis’s sassy cafe waitress and offers to pay her $20 an hour to talk him through his insomnia.
Q&A with director Jang Joon-hwan and actor Kim Yoon-seok, who receive the NYAFF 2018 Star Asia AwardSet in 1987 and based on a true story, the film follows events that led up to the June Democratic Uprising in Korea, triggered by the death of a student protester during a police interrogation, which the authorities conspired to cover up.
North American PremiereA missing high-school girl is suspected of committing suicide. When it is discovered that somber Young-hee was the last to see her, troubling questions arise. Young-hee is quickly thrown into a maelstrom of accusations, leading to a witch hunt.
North American PremiereThis sadly topical documentary revolves around the conflict between ultranationalist demonstrators and opposing groups. Ironically, one of the most radically anti-nationalist crusaders, determined to fight racism and discrimination, is a former mid-level Yakuza boss.
North American Premiere · Q&A with director/actress Jeong Ga-youngA young female filmmaker interviews a male friend over a long night of drinking, asking him alarmingly frank questions about love and sex in this refreshing female counterpoint to the work of Hong Sang-soo.
North American Premiere · Q&A with director Jeon Go-woon and actor Ahn Jae-hongWhen the price of cigarettes goes up, part-time housekeeper Miso decides to leave her small apartment and couch surf with college friends. This strikingly original first feature effortlessly balances humor and pathos.
New York PremiereA young couple starts their romance as new hope sweeps Taiwan, only to face physical separation due to military service and economic hardships in this realistic depiction of a relationship, set against the turmoil of three presidential administrations.
New York PremiereThere are no men in the Tang family, run by the devious Madame Tang (Kara Wai), hard-hearted matriarch and shady syndicate leader. This stylized melodrama, a spectacle of family dysfunction and moral depravity, is intensified by its actresses’ chilling performances.
North American Premiere · Actress Gena Desouza will be in attendanceIn this gloriously absurd Thai horror-comedy, a ragtag group of wannabes and has-beens converge at a countryside resort where they encounter a karaoke-crazed ghost out for vengeance, and suddenly find themselves forced to sing for their lives.
North American Premiere · Q&A with director Bongkod Bencharongkul and producer Kongkiat KhomsiriPart road movie, part thriller, and part drug-fueled psychodrama, Sad Beauty is a brave and unexpectedly personal film about two women’s friendship directed by actress Bongkod Bencharongkul.
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