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America’s biggest festival of popular Asian film will showcase over 50 feature films and three programs of short films from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.

There will be many guest appearances; including filmmaker Will Yun Lee and the creative team behind Square Enix’s upcoming Hong Kong cinema-inspired video game Sleeping Dogs. The team will be putting on a back-to-back, 10th anniversary screening of Infernal Affairs 1 & 2.

The New York Asian Film Festival is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which the New York Times has called "...one of the city's most valuable events...". Launched in 2002 by Subway Cinema, the Festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics. It was the first North American film festival to champion the works of Johnnie To, Bong Joon-Ho, Park Chan-Wook, Takashi Miike, and other auteurs of contemporary Asian cinema. The Festival has been produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010.

Special Events

Choi Min-Sik: Mr. Vengeance
Choi Min-Sik, a revered Korean Star, shot to fame for his performance as a North Korean terrorist in Shiri – the first blockbuster of the new Korean cinema. He then went on to further capture the attention of international audiences with his crazed hammer wielding performance as Oh Dae-Su in Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy. In 2006, he quit moviemaking to protest American pressure on the Korean film industry, but made a triumphant return a few years later with Kim Ji-Woon’s I Saw the Devil. Presented in association with the Korean Cultural Service New York, NYAFF will present a series of new and classic Choi Min-Sik performances to honor the man himself.

Chung Chang-Wha to receive 2012 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award:

NYAFF will honor Chung Chang-Wha with the 2012 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. Chung Chang-Wha, the director of King Boxer (Five Fingers of Death) – one of the most influential martial arts movies of all time, started his career in Korea where he basically invented the modern day Korean action film. His movies earned him a Shaw Brothers contract and his Five Fingers of Death was the first martial arts movie to cross over to the West, paving the way for Bruce Lee and setting the tone for the hundreds of kung fu films to follow.

Korean Films

  • All About My Wife 내 아내의 모든것
  • Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley 철암계곡의 혈투
  • Couples 커플즈
  • Crying Fist 주먹이 운다
  • Doomsday Book 인류멸망보고서
  • Failan 파이란
  • The King of Pigs 돼지의왕
  • Korean Short Film Madness 미장센단편영화상영
  • Nameless Gangster 범죄와의 전쟁
  • Oldboy 올드보이
  • Red Vacance, Black Wedding 붉은 바캉스 검은웨딩
  • Secret Love 비밀애
  • War of the Arrows 최종병기 활


Korean Film Schedule:
@ Walter Reade Theater at the Lincoln Center

Friday, June 29
6:00 PM War of the Arrows (121 min)

Saturday, June 30
1:00 PM Oldboy (120 min) & guest actor Choi Min-Sik and actress Yoon Jin-Seo
5:30 PM The King Boxer (Five Fingers of Death) (98 min) & guest director Chung Chang-Wha
9:00 PM Nameless Gangster (133 min) & guest actor Choi Min-Sik

Sunday, July 1
3:20 PM The Swift Knight (81 min) & guest director Chung Chang-Wha

Monday, July 2
3:30 PM Failan (116 min) & guest actor Choi Min-Sik
9:00 PM Crying Fist (134 min) & guest actor Choi Min-Sik

Tuesday, July 3
1:00 PM Nameless Gangster (133 min)
6:00 PM Couples (109 min)

Wednesday, July 4 (The Fourth of July!)
1:00 PM Couples (109 min)

Thursday, July 5
9:00 PM All About My Wife (120 min)

Saturday, July 7
3:45 PM The King of Pigs (97 min) & guest director Yeun Sang-Ho
11:15 PM Miami Connection (83 min) & guest Grandmaster Y. K. Kim


Sunday, July 8
12:30 PM Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley (89 min)
8:00 PM The King of Pigs (97 min) & guest director Yeun Sang-Ho

Monday, July 9
10:30 PM Red Vacance, Black Wedding (86 min)

Tuesday, July 10
7: 00 PM Secret Love (111 min)
*2012 Korean Movie Night Co-presented by Korean Cultural Service NY @ Tribeca Cinemas (free admission)

Wednesday, July 11
1:15 PM All About My Wife (120 min)
8:15 PM Doomsday Book (115 min)

Thursday, July 12
1:00 PM Doomsday Book (115 min)
3:30 PM Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley (89 min)

For tickets and more information please visit: http://www.subwaycinema.com