July 1 - 14
, 2011

Subway Cinema is a New York-based film programming, exhibition, and marketing collective, committed
to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asia's popular cinema with year-round events and screenings.
Its flagship event, the New York Asian Film Festival, which the NY Times has called "one of the city's most valuable events"
Launched in 2002, the NYAFF is America's leading and most influential showcase for popular Asian cinema.
Each year, the Festival selects over 40 feature films, and only the best, strangest, and most entertaining make the cut.
It is widely considered invincible.

Keep up with the latest festival news at:

check the full schedule here

director: Su Chao-pin
director: Takashi Miike
director: Lee Joon-Ik


director: Tsui Hark
director: Lee Hae-Young


director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
director: Tsui Hark

director: Noboru Iguchi
director: Tak Sakaguchi & Yudai Yamaguchi


director: Ryoo Seung-Wan
director: Lee Jeong-Beom
director: Na Hong-Jin

some shots culled from the fine NYAFF 2011 trailer, found here

The New York Asian Film Festival is ten years old!
A Takashi Miike World Premiere! The long-awaited animated epic based on Osamu Tezuka's life of Buddha!
The International Premiere of the new movie from Johnnie To! Rare Filipino exploitation!
An avalanche of retro screenings to celebrate our tenth birthday! And special guests Tsui Hark,
Ryoo Seung-Wan, Su Chao-pin, Takayuki Yamada, Tak Sakaguchi and many more!

The Line-Up!!!!

Official Opening Night Film
MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY (Japan, 2011, North American Premiere, 90 minutes)
Truly trippy, this bizarro musical/variety/samurai/love story from Japan is one solid slab of psychedelia
from Yoshimasa Ishibashi, the mad genius behind the Fuccon Family.
***The movie's director, Yoshimasa Ishibashi, and star, Takayuki Yamada, will be at the screenings
Presented with Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

Centerpiece Presentation
SHAOLIN (Hong Kong, 2011, North American Premiere, 131 minutes)
It doesn't get any bigger than this. Superstar Andy Lau, Nic Tse and Jackie Chan all star in this swank,
blockbuster retelling of the primal martial arts story: the destruction of Shaolin Temple, which is the birthplace of
martial arts. It¹s a movie that¹s been made many times (hence the alternate title NEW SHAOLIN TEMPLE)
but never before has it been this massive, this lavish and this chock full o¹action.
***The movie¹s director, Benny Chan, will be at the screening

Centerpiece Presentation
NINJA KIDS!!! (Japan, 2011, World Premiere, 100 minutes)
Takashi Miike has been impressing critics with 13 ASSASSINS and his 3D remake of HARA KIRI
that just played Cannes. Whatever. We¹ve got the World Premiere of his insane new kid's flick about feuding ninja schools.
People wonder where all the craziness went from Miike's two new films? He put it all in here.
Your jaw will drop like an elevator with a snapped cable. We love you, Takashi Miike!!!
Presented with Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema

Official Closing Night Film
THE YELLOW SEA (Korea, 2010, New York Premiere, 156 minutes)
from the director of THE CHASER, and fresh out of Cannes, this is the Korean action movie in excelsis.
A North Korean immigrant is sent to Seoul to perform a hit. Soon the Chinese mafia, the Korean mafia
and the cops, are after him and hatchets are deployed, trucks are flipped and all hell breaks loose.
***The movie's director, Na Hong-Jin will be at the screening


The NYAFF has three special focuses:
this special focus is on Hong Kong's wu xia (literally 'martial arts') films, a genre that's unique to
Hong Kong and while it¹s all about showcasing the Chinese martial arts tradition it's come to refer
specifically to that brain-expanding genre of Hong Kong movies that use the cutting edge of
cinematography and the best special effects of the time to paint a world full of flying swordsmen,
deadly female warriors, legendary blades and more than a touch of fantasy.

This line-up will include:
(Hong Kong, 2010, 122 minutes)
Tsui Hark's return to greatness is a Holmes-ian fantasia about spontaneous combustion and kung fu deer.
An exiled detective is returned to favor in the Imperial court to solve a series of mysterious deaths that
delay the inauguration of the Empress Wu, played by Carina Lau, who won 'Best Actress' at the Hong Kong
Film Awards 2011 for her performance. The movie also won top prizes in Art Direction, Costume and
Make-up Design as well as in Sound Design and Visual Effects.
***The movie's director, Tsui Hark, will be at the screening

THE BLADE (Hong Kong, 1995, 100 minutes)
a rare screening of Tsui Hark's martial masterpiece, this is one of the
towering achievements of Chinese cinema. In a rare 35mm print.
***The movie¹s director, Tsui Hark, will be at the screening

DUEL TO THE DEATH (Hong Kong, 1983, 83 minutes)
Ching Siu-tung's directorial debut deploys ninjas, poisoned blades and some of the world's
most innovative choreography to create a movie that¹s one part martial arts film, one part
exploitation shocker and one part ballet. Screening on a rare 35mm print!

DRAGON INN (Hong Kong, 1992, 109 minutes)
two of Hong Kong's greatest actresses, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin, take on Donnie Yen's
bloodless eunuch in this Tsui Hark-produced swordplay romance. Directed by Raymond Lee,
it's a remake of King Hu¹s 1967 masterpiece. A brand new print of this classic film, struck specially
for the New York Asian Film Festival.
***The movie¹s producer, Tsui Hark, will be at the screening

ZU: WARRIORS FROM THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN (Hong Kong, 1983, 94 minutes)
the movie that launched a thousand wu xia, Tsui Hark¹s surreal phantasmagoria will blow your mind.
Recruiting Hollywood special effects technicians just off Star Wars and Star Trek the Motion Picture,
Tsui Hark's film reinvented a genre and kickstarted Hong Kong's entire special effects industry.
This is a rare chance to see a 35mm print of this movie in all its big screen glory.
***The movie¹s director, Tsui Hark, will be at the screening

Special focus:
In 2008, when the Korean film industry was at its lowest point, Na Hong-Jin released the word-of-mouth hit,
THE CHASER, launching a wave of twisty thrillers focused on intense action and ace performances.
In this special focus, presented in association with the Korean Cultural Service New York,
we show you the best of what THE CHASER has wrought.

This line-up will include:
THE YELLOW SEA (Korea, 2010, New York Premiere, 156 minutes)
Na Hong-Jin reunites with his stars from THE CHASER to make this big, relentless
follow-up. We've got it fresh from its Cannes screening as part of Un Certain Regard
***The movie¹s director, Na Hong-Jin, will be at the screening

THE UNJUST (Korea, 2010, New York Premiere, 119 minutes)
longtime festival favorite, action director Ryoo Seung-Wan, turns in this epic, sprawling
corruption saga that recalls Sidney Lumet back in his PRINCE OF THE CITY days.
***The movie¹s director, Ryoo Seung-Wan, will be at the screening

BEDEVILLED (Korea, 2010, New York Premiere, 115 minutes)
An all-female version of DELIVERANCE, where a city slicker goes to an insular rural
community where she's not wanted. Possibly the greatest women vs. men movie ever made,
lead actress Seo Young-Hee took home six 'Best Actress' awards for her performance here.

THE CHASER (Korea, 2008, 125 minutes)
the thriller that saved the Korean film industry, this mega-hit is what you'd get
if you cross-bred Alfred Hitchcock with a pit bull.
***The movie¹s director, Na Hong-Jin, will be at the screening

HAUNTERS (Korea, 2010, New York Premiere, 114 minutes)
50% superhero movie, 50% horror movie and 100% Korean thriller, this bigtime
commercial hit is about a troubled kid who can control minds and the simple guy,
immune to his ability, who's out to stop him.

THE MAN FROM NOWHERE (Korea, 2010, 119 minutes)
one part Batman, one part Bourne, Korean mega-star, Won Bin, revamped his image as a
hard man of action with this movie about a spy coming out of retirement to take on a
ring of organ harvesters. The number one movie at the Korean box office in
2010 (beating INCEPTION and IRON MAN 2), it took home SIXTEEN film awards!

TROUBLESHOOTER (Korea, 2010, New York Premiere, 99 minutes)
produced by Ryoo Seung-Wan, this is a classic 'wrong man' movie, only this time the wrong
man is a hardcore ex-cop (Sol Kyung-Gu from the highly successful PUBLIC ENEMY
series) and it's got the black, bleak sense of absurdist humor most thrillers lack.
***The movie¹s producer, Ryoo Seung-Wan, and director, Kwok Hyeok-Jae, will
be at the screening

Special focus:
In the US, we think of Taiwanese movies as an endless stream of art films.
But with the support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York,
we are proud to bring to New York one of the few Taiwanese directors who
makes blockbuster hits that actual real live people go to see: Su Chao-pin!

This line-up will include:
REIGN OF ASSASSINS (Hong Kong/Taiwan/China, 2010, 117 minutes, NY Premiere)
co-directed with John Woo, starring Michelle Yeoh and Korean star Jung Woo-Sung,
this massive martial arts hit gives the genre a beating, bleeding, romantic heart.
***The movie¹s director and writer, Su Chao-pin, will be at the screening

THE CABBIE (Taiwan, 2000, 94 minutes)
Su's first movie set new trends in Taiwan for actually being entertaining. He wrote this flick based on his
experiences driving a cab, and it¹s a fast-paced black comedy about a cabbie in love with a traffic cop.
***The movie¹s writer, Su Chao-pin, will be at the screening

BTS: BETTER THAN SEX (Taiwan, 2002, 92 minutes)
one of the most hyperactive, funniest movies about sex you'll ever see.
Pity this poor teenage porn-addict who just wants to find a real girl.
Way ahead of its time, this movie manages to be all about sex without feeling pervy.
***The movie¹s director and writer, Su Chao-pin, will be at the screening

Prepare yourselves for the best New York Asian Film Festival yet!!!