Subway Cinema Presents the Final Line-Up of the New York Asian Film Festival 2008

Jun 5th 2008
June 20 – July 6, 2008
at the IFC Center (June 20 – July 3)
323 Sixth Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets

and Japan Society (July 3 – July 6)
333 East 47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues

What the heck, right? We figured if we built it, you might come, so this
year we're presenting the biggest New York Asian Film Festival in human
history, showing 43 films and two programs of short films. It's either the
start of something big or we're going out with a bang!

We're also deeply honored that our opening night film will be the world
premiere of THEN SUMMER CAME starring Joe Odagiri and Yoshio Harada. Written
and directed by award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter and actor,
Ryo Iwamatsu, it will be released in Japan in mid-July. Director Iwamatsu
will be the guest of the New York Asian Film Festival and not only has he
acted in dozens of films like ZEBRAMAN and this year's NYAFF presentation,
ADRIFT IN TOKYO, but he is also available for interviews. He will introduce
the screening of THEN SUMMER CAME on June 20 and conduct a Q&A afterwards.

And this will be the first year the New York Asian Film Festival has jury
duty. Our crack team of jury members include New York Post critic Vincent
Musetto, acclaimed author Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York critic Dave
Fear, the exhibitions coordinator and head honcho of the legendary Anthology
Film Archives, John Mhiripiri and last but not least, the director of
award-winning breakdance documentary, PLANET B-BOY, Benson Lee.

Because there aren't enough great movies in New York this summer, here's the
list!


World Premiere
THEN SUMMER CAME (Japan, 2008)

International Premieres
ACTION BOYS (Korea, 2008)
TAMAMI (aka AKANBO SHOJO) (Japan, 2008)
THE BUTCHER (Korea, 2008)
CHANBARA BEAUTY (Japan, 2008)
KING NARESUAN 1 (Thailand, 2007)
MOST BEAUTIFUL NIGHT IN THE WORLD (Japan, 2008)
PUBLIC ENEMY RETURNS (Korea, 2008)

North American Premieres
*ADRIFT IN TOKYO (Japan, 2007)
ASSEMBLY (China, 2007)
DOG IN A SIDECAR (Japan, 2007)
DORORO (Japan, 2007)
*FINE, TOTALLY FINE (Japan, 2007)
L: CHANGE THE WORLD (Japan, 2007)
LOVE ON SUNDAY (Japan, 2006)
LOVE ON SUNDAY 2: LAST WORDS (Japan, 2007)
LIKE A DRAGON (Japan, 2007)
SASORI (Hong Kong/Japan, 2008)
SHAMO (Hong Kong, 2008)
TOKYO GORE POLICE (Japan, 2008)
THE SHADOW SPIRIT (Japan, 2007)
*UNITED RED ARMY (Japan, 2007)

US Premieres
BODYGUARD 2 (Thailand, 2007)
HAPPINESS (Korea, 2007)
KALA (Indonesia, 2007)
M (Korea, 2007)
*SAD VACATION (Japan, 2007)
THIS WORLD OF OURS (Japan, 2007)

New York Premieres
*ACCURACY OF DEATH (Japan, 2007)
*ALWAYS 2: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (Japan, 2007)
ARCH ANGELS (Japan, 2006)
BODYGUARD 1 (Thailand, 2004)
*DAINIPPONJIN (Japan, 2007)
KING NARESUAN 2 (Thailand, 2007)
MAD DETECTIVE (Hong Kong, 2007)
THE REBEL (Vietnam, 2007)
SHADOWS IN THE PALACE (Korea, 2007)
SPARROW (Hong Kong, 2008)
*SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO (Japan, 2007)
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES (Japan, 2006)
X-CROSS (Japan, 2007)
*YASUKUNI (Japan, 2008)

Not a Premiere But Still a Great Movie
ALWAYS: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (Japan, 2005)

And don't forget the two programs from Korea's Mise en Scene Short Film
Festival, which includes what we think is the best Korean film of 2007, “Out
Family, Our Puppy” directed by Park Jae-Young, who will attend the festival
as our guest.

* this indicates that a film is being presented in conjunction with JAPAN
CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film (July 2 – 13 at Japan Society).

Complete write-ups, links to buy tickets and the schedule will be up bright
and early on Monday, June 9 here:

http://www.subwaycinema.com

Stills can be found as 300 dpi JPGs at this address:

http://www.subwaycinema.com/STILLS/NYAFF08/

Screeners are available on request. We will also happily email or mail you
press notes and a hard copy of the schedule.

Please direct all press inquiries to Grady Hendrix at this email address or
call him at 917-405-7477.

For press inquiries about Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film, please
contact Natascha Bodemann at (212) 673-4627 or (646) 287-2126 or
[email protected] You can also contact Aya Akeura at Japan Society,
(212)715-1292 or [email protected]

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film (July 2 – 13)
For the second consecutive summer, Japan Society brings a sizable slice of
Japan's dynamic contemporary film culture to New York City with the annual
JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the first and only large-scale
annual film festival in North America celebrating the latest films from
Japan. Running for 12 days Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 13, 2008
at Japan Society, JAPAN CUTS presents nearly 20 feature films--all U.S. and
New York premieres--ranging from blockbusters and animation to documentaries
and cutting-edge independents. In addition, special events include
collections of short films, family screenings and appearances by leading
filmmakers and actors.

To learn more about Japan Society's JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese
Film, July 2-July 13, visit www.japansociety.org.

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