It’s that time of the year where the New York Asian Film Festival takes over Lincoln Center for two weeks to showcase Asian movies from the last 12 months. The festival offers a snapshot of the most popular movies from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.
With a total of 58 movies, the festival covers the gamut of commercial cinema: thrillers, horror, Westerns, comedies, sports movies, action, dramas, animation, and documentaries. Of course, there are zombie movies in the lineup too.
The emphasis has always been on popular genre movies rather than arthouse fare. From its scrappy origins in the East Village of New York City back in 2002, it has since become an annual cultural highlight in New York City, moving up to the prestigious Lincoln Center in Midtown Manhattan.
As ever, there are movies in competition and guests giving talks. There will be events and award ceremonies. Hong Kong action director Dante Lam will be receiving the Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema and has a mini-retrospective of his movies like his early 2007 debut Beast Stalker to his latest Mainland China military action thriller Operation Red Sea. Japanese actor-director Harada Masato will be receiving the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award as the festival will be screening several of his movies. The Screen International Rising Star Asia Award will be awarded to an up-and-coming performer who will have a movie screening at the festival.
Movies from China, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea will continue to dominate the festival, but the Philippines will have an increasingly strong showing, as well movies from Taiwan, Malaysia (which is experiencing a New Wave), and Thailand.
The Festival is co-presented by Subway Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and takes place from June 29th to July 12th at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th St), and July 13th to 15th at SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd St). It is curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, deputy director Stephen Cremin, programmers Claire Marty and David Wilentz, and associate programmers Karen Severns and Mori Koichi.
We’ll be running reviews of the movies here on Bleeding Cool.
The schedule and tickets can be found at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.