10th Annual New York Asian Film Festival Preview
For ten years, Subway Cinema has been presenting the best of Asian cinema for two weeks of mayhem to some of the rowdiest moviegoing crowds in New York City, and for the 10th Anniversary of the New York Asian Film Festival (aka NYAFF), they’re pulling out all the stops with one of their biggest programs ever, showcasing 46 film from all over the Far East.
Once again, the festival will be pulling double duties with screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater followed by screenings in partnership with the Japan Society’s “Japan Cuts” program.
This year’s festival kicks off on Friday night, July 1, with the Opening Night Selection, Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s Milocrorze: A Love Story, dubbed a “bizarro musical/variety/ samurai/love story” with actress Takayuki Yamada playing three roles including the title character who breaks the hearts of three different men.
Both Ishibashi and Ms. Yamada will be in attendance, which is par for the course for the festival who is responsible for bringing some of Asia’s top creators to New York every year.
The big news is that this year’s festival will hold the World Premiere of Takashi Miike’s latest movie Ninja Kids!!!, which is another big budget kids’ film in the vein of The Great Yokai War, which played at the New York Asian Film Festival a few years back. Miike’s most recent film 13 Assassins will also be screening as a special “Director’s Cut” with 20 extra minutes that hasn’t been seen theatrically at least in this hemisphere.