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16th New York Asian Film Festival Full Line-up has been announced!

The film festival will be held from June 30 to July 16…

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Center recently announced the full programme line-up for the 16th New York Asian Film Festival. The film festival will take place from June 30 to July 13 at the Film Society followed by July 14 – 16 at the SVA Theatre. A total of 57 feature films, from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, will be screened and more than 20 film industry professionals and celebrity guests from Asia will be making appearance at the film festival.

Thailand high school thriller Bad Genius, directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, will be the opening film and have its international premiere at the Opening Gala along with the director and casts in attendance. Mikhail Red’s Birdshot will have its North American premiere at the Centerpiece Gala. The Closing Gala will end the night with US premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s The Villainess which was previously screened at Cannes’ Midnight Screening.

The organizers recently launched their first Main Competition section which features North American premieres of Bad Genius (Thailand), Birdshot (Philippines), A Double Life (Japan), The Gangster’s Daughter (Taiwan), Kfc (Vietnam), Jane (South Korea), and With Prisoners (Hong Kong). The competition jury will be announced later followed by revealing the winners at the final night of the film festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center on July 13.

This year’s edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong filmmaking industry’s establishment with Hong Kong Panorama Section and Young Blood Hong Kong. This year’s line-up for Hong Kong Panorama features the originals and best of its production: a powerful representation of the life in juvenile detention centers (With Prisoners), an epic war film about the resistance heroes during the Japanese occupation (Our Time Will Come), and a tale of corruption and redemption in the 1960s (Dealer/Healer).

The Young Blood Hong Kong features the works directed by the new generation of directors that presents the future of Hong Kong cinema.  Lawrence Lau, along with Ann Hui, will be introducing the crime action drama Dealer/Healer. Guests who will be attending the film festival are director Wong Chun and screenwriter Florence Chan for Mad World, Derek Hui for This is Not What I Expected and Alan Lo with Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Other films for the strand’s line-up include Derek Tsang’s Soul Mate, Yan Pak-wing and Chiu Sin-hang’s Vampire Cleanup Department, and Andrew Wong’s With Prisoners.

The film festival’s line-up also includes five LGBTQ themed films. Naoko Ogigami’s Close-Knit and Cho Hyun-hoon’s Jane are dramas with two protagonists. The coming-of-age high school dramas include Ahn Jung-min’s Fantasy of the Girls and Leste Chen’s Eternal Summer. Lee Sang-il’s wild and mystery thriller Rage, starring Go Ayano is about a homeless stranger who is invited to a home of a salaryman (Satoshi Tsumabuki) as his live-in-lover.

Aroused by Gymnopedies, Dawn of the Felines, and Wet Woman in the Wind, as their North American premieres, will be screened to celebrate 45 years of Japan’s unique “Roman Porno” genre – invented to save the dying industry, film studio Nikkatsu directors were asked to keep it under 80 minutes with a sex scene every ten.

The special honorees will be attending at this year’s film festival to receive their awards. Veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fai, who will attend film tributes for Johnnie To’s Election, Longman Leung & Sunny Luk’s Cold War 2 and Tsui’s Hark’s The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Korean actor Gang Dong-won will receive the Star Asia Award for his charisma and emotional performances that are given unique values to the films. The Screen International Rising Star Asia Award will be given to Thai model and actress Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying which she starred in the feature debut Bad Genius.

Here are the films which will be screened at this year’s film festival:

CHINA (6):

Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute

  • Battle of Memories (Leste Chen, 2017)
  • Blood of Youth (Yang Shupeng, 2016)
  • Duckweed (Han Han, 2017)

  • Extraordinary Mission (Alan Mak & Anthony Pun, 2017)
  • Someone to Talk to (Liu Yulin, 2016)
  • Soul on a String (Zhang Yang, 2016)


Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York

  • Cold War 2 (Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, 2016)
  • Dealer/Healer (Lawrence Lau, 2017)
  • Election (Johnnie To, 2005)

  • Mad World (Wong Chun, 2016)
  • Our Time Will Come (Ann Hui, 2017)
  • Soul Mate (Derek Tsang, 2016)
  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Tsui Hark, 2014)
  • This Is Not What I Expected (Derek Hui, 2017)
  • Vampire Cleanup Department (Yan Pak-wing, Chiu Sin-hang, 2017)
  • With Prisoners(Andrew Wong, 2017)
  • Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Alan Lo, 2017)

JAPAN (15):

  • Aroused by Gymnopedies (Isao Yukisada, 2016)
  • Close-Knit (Naoko Ogigami, 2017)
  • Dawn of the Felines (Kazuya Shiraishi, 2016)
  • Destruction Babies (Tetsuya Mariko, 2016)
  • A Double Life (Yoshiyuki Kishi, 2016)
  • Happiness (Sabu, 2016)
  • Japanese Girls Never Die (Daigo Matsui, 2016)
  • The Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa, 2016)
  • Love and Other Cults (Eiji Uchida, 2017)
  • The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio (Takashi Miike, 2016)
  • Rage (Lee Sang-il, 2016)
  • Suffering of Ninko (Norihiro Niwatsukino, 2016)
  • Survival Family (Shinobu Yaguchi, 2017)
  • Traces of Sin (Kei Ishikawa, 2016)
  • Wet Woman in the Wind (Akihiro Shiota, 2016)


Presented with the support of Korean Cultural Center New York

  • Fabricated City (Park Kwang-hyun, 2017)
  • Fantasy of the Girls (Ahn Jung-min, 2016)
  • Jane (Cho Hyun-hoon, 2016)
  • Ordinary Person (Kim Bong-han, 2017)

  • A Quiet Dream (Zhang Lu, 2016)
  • A Single Rider (Lee Joo-young, 2017)
  • Split (Choi Kook-hee, 2016)
  • The Tooth and the Nail (Jung Sik, Kim Whee, 2017)
  • The Truth Beneath (Lee Kyoung-mi, 2016)
  • Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (Uhm Tae-hwa, 2016)

  • The Villainess (Jung Byung-gil, 2017)


  • Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya, Thailand, 2017)

  • Birdshot (Mikhail Red, Philippines, 2016)
  • Kfc (Le Binh Giang, Vietnam, 2017)
  • Mrs K (Ho Yuhang, Malaysia, 2016)
  • Saving Sally (Avid Liongoren, Philippines, 2016)
  • Town in a Lake (Jet Leyco, Philippines, 2015)


Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York

  • Eternal Summer (Leste Chen, 2006)
  • The Gangster’s Daughter (Chen Mei-juin, 2017)
  • Godspeed (Chung Mong-hong, 2016)
  • Mon Mon Mon Monsters (Giddens, 2017)
  • The Road to Mandalay (Midi Z, 2016)
  • The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun, 2017)


Tickets will go on sale on June 15. Film Society and Subway Cinema members will get an early access to purchase tickets on June 13. Tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and save with a 3+ film discount package and All Access Pass. Find more information here.

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Currently working on handling social media platforms. Also a passionate Korean culture journalist. Started to have interest in Korean culture, including films, since university and then become more passionate about Asian films. Craving for knowledge and experience from music to travel.
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