by Matthew Hardstaff
The gang at Subway cinema have blessed us today with their first announcements concerning the splendorific New York Asian Film Festival. This will be the first time the festival is co-presented by the prestigious Film Society of Lincoln Centre, and they do issue a warning/note stating that 'we may be in a new location, seemingly more refined in nature, but the NYAFF will still be all about what the fans love from Asian cinema; these movies are as raw and potent as moonshine'. Let me say, the festival is shaping up to be quite spectacular.
Whilst I'm excited that Simon Yam and Sammo Hung will both be in attendance as they are recieving Star Awards for their fantastic careers, I'm also ludicrously excited that the NYAFF will be screening 'a rich vein of low budget Japanese independent movies that offer the kind of unhinged insanity that audiences are used to getting'. Director Yu Irie will be in attendence with '8000 Miles' and '8000 Miles 2' and Tetsuaki Matsue will be screening the Korean/Japanese documentary 'Annyong Yumika' about an Japanese porn star working in Korea, as well as 'Live Tape', noted as being one of the most ambitious concert films ever made! Sound good to you! Enjoy the trailers in the mean time!!