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NYAFF 2018: The Bold the Corrupt and the Beautiful [Review]

NYAFF 2018: The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful [Review]

I had already seen this movie months ago, before it was announced as a North American premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival. I came away thinking that The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful, Yang Ya Che's female gangster film, is one of the best Chinese-language movies of 2017. This movie won big at […]

New York Asian Film Festival 2018 Opening Night: Dynamite Graffiti

New York Asian Film Festival 2018 Opening Night: Dynamite Graffiti

The New York Asian Film Festival opened with a literal bang in an epic biopic about Japanese porn magnate Akira Suei. Dynamite Graffiti is a two-hour-and-15-minute journey that follows Suei's humble beginnings as a disgruntled factor worker before quitting to become a sign painter and graphic designer. He moves on to magazines and works his […]



Look It Moves At The NYAFF: The Gut-Wrenching Mad World

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: The Gut-Wrenching 'Mad World'

Eric Tsang deserves the NYAFF 2017 Star Hong Kong Lifetime Achievement Award they presented to him at the festival yesterday evening.The movie recalls the tenement building social dramas that Hong Kong used to make in the old days, and this is a return to that form, only even harsher and more downbeat It’s not a[...]

From The NYAFF: Mrs. B. A North Korean Woman Review

From The NYAFF: 'Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman' Review

[rwp-review id="0"] Often when the topic of North Korea is the focus of a documentary, it focuses mainly on the journey out. Dramatic, harrowing escapes are recounted along with the highlighted struggles of a population held hostage. Though this is the story of a woman successfully escaping from North Korea, Mrs. B., A North Korean […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Charming Horror-Comedy Vampire Cleanup Department

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Charming Horror-Comedy 'Vampire Cleanup Department'

Guanxi, the Chinese vampire genre specific to Hong Kong culture, was hugely popular in the '70s and '80s. Its pinnacle was the Mr. Vampire movies, which featured more slapstick than horror as the slightly hapless heroes used both ingenuity and traditional Taoist artefacts to stop the hopping undead. But after the handover to China in […]

Jane Review From The NYAFF: A Vibrant Character Barely Used

'Jane' Review From The NYAFF: A Vibrant Character Barely Used

It's just a pity you're never given any real closure.You can catch Jane playing at the NYAFF on July 13th, which includes a Q&A with director Cho Hyun-hoon and actors Gu Gyo-hwan and Lee Min-ji Tickets are available here. [rwp-review-ratings id="0"] [rwp-review-form id="0"] [rwp-review id="0"]Jane is marketed as the story of a young woman abandoned by her boyfriend[...]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: 'Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight'

Given that this movie only premiered in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, the festival getting it so soon is a major coup, and it’s a window into where Hong Kong’s head is at right now.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISD3TYGmxN8Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight will play at the NYAFF on July 15th[...]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back

Tsui Hark's latest movie, a collaboration with comedy writer-director Stephen Chow, is the manic, crazy, deconstructionist take on the Journey to the West saga: Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back. Nearly every Chinese person knows this story, as do the Japanese, who adapted it into the popular TV series Saiyuki — which was in […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Tsui Harks The Taking of Tiger Mountain

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Tsui Hark's 'The Taking of Tiger Mountain'

Tsui Hark is one of the world's greatest action directors, and it's nice to see him getting a resurgence with a string of hits on the Chinese Mainland since 2010's Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, which put him back on the map, and then with Flying Swords of Dragon Gate and Young […]


Look It Movies At The NYAFF: Moody Existential Drama A Double Life

Look! It Movies! At The NYAFF: Moody Existential Drama 'A Double Life'

  A Double Life, from director Zenko Kishi, is one of those Japanese existential movies that border on exploitation, but wants to chew on much meatier matters than that. Tama (Mugi Kadowaki), a shy philosophy student who has hit a block with her doctoral thesis, decides to pick a single random person and follow them to […]

Look It Moves At NYAFF: The Oddball Surrealism Of A Quiet Dream

Look! It Moves! At NYAFF: The Oddball Surrealism Of 'A Quiet Dream'

After watching two violent crime thrillers, I needed a change of pace. So I decided to watch a black-and-white Korean indie movie: A Quiet Dream. A Quiet Dream is apparently unusual even by Korean movie standards; a plotless, character-based shaggy dog story about Ye-ri (Han Ye-ri), a Korean-Chinese woman who runs a low-rent bar and is […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: Undercover Thriller Extraordinary Mission

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: Undercover Thriller 'Extraordinary Mission'

Felix Chong and Alan Mak are among the best thriller writers in Hong Kong, having written Infernal Affairs for Andrew Lau and written and directed the Overheard movies, which dealt with crime, surveillance, and politics. Extraordinary Mission, written by Chong and co-directed by Mak and Anthony Pun, sees them bringing their genre expertise to the […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFF: High-Concept Noir Thriller Blood of Youth

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF: High-Concept Noir Thriller 'Blood of Youth'

Yang Shupeng is considered a maverick director in China, a former fireman-turned-self-taught-filmmaker who has made three accomplished period movies before this. Now he tackles not only his first present-day film, but also the noir thriller genre with Blood of Youth. Blood of Youth follows a computer hacker who weaves a tangled web that draws in a violent […]

Look It Moves At The NYAFFs Opening Night &#8211 Reviewing Bad Genius

Look! It Moves! At The NYAFF's Opening Night – Reviewing Bad Genius

Bad Genius is the opening movie for this year's New York Asian Film Festival. It's a high school heist thriller from Thailand that's as slick as anything from Hollywood. As I write, the tickets are already sold out, the movie having come across the ocean with a lot of buzz preceding it. It was a […]