Village Voice weighs in on NYAFF 2010

Posted: under New York Asian Film Festival.

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Bless the Village Voice. I know they’ve gone national, and they’re franchised, and they’re not what they used to be, etc. But every year they cover the New York Asian Film Festival in high style, usually via Michael Atkinson who digs deep into our line-up and emerges with takes on movies that even we never expected. This year’s article is up, and here’re some excerpts:

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GOLDEN SLUMBER: “a kind of reinvention of the JFK shooting from Oswald’s perspective…Stirring and sweet.” (info and tickets)

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CRAZY RACER: “…a shitstorm of ludicrous crime bosses, switched identities, assassins, evil pharma charlatans, doubling coincidences, digital wipes, and “Triad-style” funeral catering: “Cool like gangster!” (info and tickets)

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SYMBOL: “If you thought 2005’s Funky Forest: The First Contact left Earth for ether-realms unknown, you were right, and Hitoshi Matsumoto’s preposterous spiritual odyssey gives it a run to the chalk line…Exhilarating, as only an unprompted slap in the face can be.” (info and tickets)

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He also gives some praise, a lot of it actually, to A LITTLE POND. We all love this movie for its audacity and have already received some international hate mail for screening it. However, it’s a low profile picture and so we thought that it would struggle to find an audience. Michael Atkinson let’s us know that we might be wrong – and that would be great.

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A LITTLE POND: “Coming out of left field for us, this historical 2009 Korean scorcher, starring a phalanx of Korean stars, chronicles in grueling detail the notorious No Gun Ri Massacre, in which American forces in 1950 simply mowed down 300 villager refugees in South Korea. The incident was covered up…but director Lee Sang-woo doesn’t fuck around…genuinely upsetting…” (info and tickets)

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The whole write-up, covering 7 of his picks for the best in the fest.

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So “thank you” Village Voice. It’s nice to know that as the old media burns, we’re still not too strange for you to cover!

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