The 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival is kicking off today, offering another Summer program bursting at the seams with must-see screenings and international guests. With 50 movies slated to play, and over 30 filmmakers and stars making an appearance, this year’s NYAFF is rolling into town with enough energy to carry it forward another 15 years.
To celebrate this, we’ve put together a new playlist on our channel highlighting all the past NYAFF hits you can watch right here. If you can’t make it to New York City, it’s a great way to enjoy some of the festival’s excellent programming from its bygone events. Even if you’ve already gotten your tickets for this year’s NYAFF, there’s no better way to fill the void in between screenings. What else are you going to do with that time? Sleep?
We’ve broken down our playlist below for your perusing pleasure.
REVIVRE (NYAFF ’15)
what NYAFF said: With his 102nd feature, legendary 78-year-old Korean filmmaker Im Kwon-taek delivers a powerful and vital film about the indignities of old age and the inferno of suppressed desire stirred by the proximity of death.
THE ISLE (NYAFF ’15)
what NYAFF said: Controversial director Kim Ki-Duk put Korean cinema on the map with this arthouse exploitation shocker featuring fish hooks, sex, surreal cinematography, and some of the most squirm-inducing shots ever put on film.
PRESIDENT’S LAST BANG (NYAFF ’15)
what NYAFF said: Not surprisingly, the most controversial Korean movie ever made… it makes the political personal. This isn’t a sanctimonious, animatronic Hall of Presidents but an orgasmatronic political whorehouse, aroused by everything it knows or suspects to be corrupt.
ROUGH PLAY (NYAFF ’14)
what NYAFF said: Lee Joon is absolutely captivating in a performance that is all about the destruction that narcissism and rampant ego can bring
JUVENILE OFFENDER (NYAFF ’13)
what NYAFF said: A rebuke to the blockbuster… resounds with a kid of scruffy miraculous urgency.
HOW TO USE GUYS WITH SECRET TIPS (NYAFF ’13)
what NYAFF said: We were not prepared to have our socks charmed off by this film, but we all fell in love and wanted o share it with you.
BLOODY TIE (NYAFF ’13)
what NYAFF said: An under-seen Korean classic, full of bloody-knuckled action and face-shredding set pieces.
BLOODY FIGHT IN IRON-ROCK VALLEY (NYAFF ’12)
what NYAFF said: Read it now and believe us later: BLOODY FIGHT IN IRON-ROCK VALLEY is the most groovy, chilled-out revenge movie ever made, and that is fantastic news for the increasingly-predictable cycle of Korean revenge films.
CRYING FIST (NYAFF ’12)
what NYAFF said: An unjustly neglected minor league masterpiece, director Ryoo Seung-Wan and star Choi Min-Sik have made what might be the great Asian boxing movie with CRYING FIST.
NAMELESS GANGSTER (NYAFF ’12)
what NYAFF said: A portrait of Korea in the Eighties, painted in pay-offs, stabbings, corruption, and bad blood, Nameless Gangster is, as TIME Magazine said, “The Korean mob film Scorsese would be proud of.”
BATTLEFIELD HEROES (NYAFF ’11)
what NYAFF said: An absurdist satire about war, this movie from Lee Joon-Ik (director of “King and Clown,” the highest-grossing Korean film of all time) is like a Terry Gilliam movie gone Korean.
FOXY FESTIVAL (NYAFF ’11)
what NYAFF said: A multi-character comedy that’s like a Robert Altman flick about fetishes. Love — and handcuffs, and nipple clamps — all conspire to save the day from the forces of conformity.
SECRET REUNION (NYAFF ’10)
what NYAFF said: This film fulfills all the requirements of a summer movie — fine action sequences, superb plot twists, deadpan humor — but never at the expense of its intelligence.
DACHIMAWA LEE (NYAFF ’09)
DREAM (NYAFF ’09)
ROUGH CUT (NYAFF ’09)
SHOW MUST GO ON (NYAFF ’07)
WELCOME TO DONGMAKGOL (NYAFF ’06)
MY SASSY GIRL (NYAFF ’02)
Winner of the 2002 New York Asian Film Festival Audience Award.
THE PINKIE (NYAFF ’14 w/ Japan Cuts)
what NYAFF said: Lisa Takeba’s debut feature is a hyper-imaginative crazytown sci-fi drama that’s flashy, funky, and filled to the brim with genre influences of all kinds.
IT’S ME, IT’S ME (NYAFF ’13 w/ Japan Cuts)
what NYAFF said: Somewhere between Magritte, Kafka, Spike Jonze, and Charlie Kaufman, Satoshi Miki’s surrealist tale, based on a prize-winning novel by Hoshino Tomoyuki, boldly goes where no black comedy had gone before.
TOKYO PLAYBOY CLUB (NYAFF ’12)
what NYAFF said: 25-year old director Yosuke Okuda has already made a name for himself with his trilogy of micro-budget gangster comedies, Hot as Hell, but he’s taking things to the next level with this new yakuza film… he has synthesized violence and dark humor into a personal, thoroughly modern world of petty criminals, hardened honky-tonk women and ne’er-do-wells.
LAST DAYS OF THE WORLD (NYAFF ’11)
what NYAFF said: A return to the trippy, socially-engaged, blackly comic, ridiculously violent revolutionary movies of Japan’s 60’s.
8000 MILES (NYAFF ’10)
LALA PIPO (NYAFF ’09)
THEN SUMMER CAME (NYAFF ’08)
ADRIFT IN TOKYO (NYAFF ’08)
FINE, TOTALLY FINE (NYAFF ’08)
Winner of the 2008 New York Asian Film Festival Audience Award.
TALES FROM THE DARK (NYAFF ’13)
what NYAFF said: A triple-barreled blast of pure old school Hong Kong entertainment, TALES FROM THE DARK is here this summer to scratch at your door and crawl in your window.
THE BULLET VANISHES (NYAFF ’13)
what NYAFF said: A mercilessly and sensationally gripping thriller that rightfully claimed 12 nominations at the Hong Kong film awards, THE BULLET VANISHES boasts the blaze of big-production showmanship, on par with Hollywood blockbusters, and the exuberance of a superbly written story, full of shivers and startling twists.
WHEN A WOLF FALLS IN LOVE WITH A SHEEP (NYAFF ’13)
what NYAFF said: Hear us now and know it to be true: WHEN A WOLF FALLS IN LOVE WITH A SHEEP is the sleeper hit of NYAFF 2013… It’s a stop-motion animated magic show and a militantly adorable tale of dizzy, daffy pen pal love.
STARRY STARRY NIGHT (NYAFF ’12)
what NYAFF said: a beautifully shot movie that gives audiences a painfully clear-eyed depiction of a 13-year-old girl who’s watching her life fall apart… We try not to use this word very often, but this movie is truly magical.