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From September 26 to October 12 the New York Film Festival hits NYC up at Lincoln Center. This one is huge and fat with Asian movies so get on up. There’s Wong Kar-wai’s new version of ASHES OF TIME and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s masterpiece, TOKYO SONATA, as well as new works from Jia Zhangke. And there’s a Nagisa Oshima retrospective (more on that tomorrow). Japan’s most rebellious director will blow your mind with his gritty insane flicks starring everyone from David Bowie to Takeshi Kitano.
At Anthology Film Archives, Lee Myung-Se’s BITTER & SWEET screens on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm. Rarely seen on the big screen, this posh, stylish black comedy is a workplace freakshow featuring Korean screen legend Ahn Sung-Ki singing in the rain. If you liked NOWHERE TO HIDE or DUELIST then this flick will push your buttons. Very rare screening of a 35mm print with English subtitles. (More info)
New York International Children’s Film Festival is happening right now to mesmerize kids of all ages with animation hotshots from all over the world. Check out the kid’s hits from Japan at select theatres. (More info)
At ImaginAsian, Manish Acharya’s LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS is a political Bollywood film that spoofs the “American Idol” craze as it follows the various contestants for the “Desi Idol” contest. An oddly charming cast keeps you laughing and betting on the next big star. (More info)
At the Asia Society, now through October 18th, a series of five documentaries in the film exhibit, “Under Mao’s Red Sun: China’s Cultural Revolution on Film” that delve into the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). Focusing on individual lives, the films probe the dramatic effects of Mao’s Revolution on everyday citizens. Complete listings and schedule. (More info)
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