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Antique's N. American Premiere in NY Asian Film Fest (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Also in NYC/NJ this month: 20th Century Boys, Samurai School, Spirited Away, Laputa, Kiki's

The Subway Cinema group will present the North American premiere of Antique, the live-action South Korean film based on Fumi Yoshinaga's Antique Bakery (Seiyō Kottō Yōgashiten) manga, during the New York Asian Film Festival from June 19 to July 5. The story centers around the quirky everyday lives of four male cake shop staffers, including one gay head chef "of demonic charm." Princess Hours' Joo Ji-Hoon stars in this movie which opened in South Korea last year and later in Japan. The original four-volume manga is available in North America from Digital Manga Publishing, and a 12-episode anime adaptation premiered in Japan last July.

The same festival will also screen the first two live-action films in Yukihiko Tsutsumi's manga-based 20th Century Boys trilogy. The films adapt Naoki Urasawa's suspense manga about a man who realizes that recent world calamities have eerie similarities to idle plans he and his childhood friends made decades ago. Viz Media is publising the third volume of the original manga in North America this month.

The Loew's Jersey theater will screen Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning film, Spirited Away, in Jersey City, New Jersey on Friday. The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) will present two earlier Miyazaki classics, Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin) and Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Laputa), on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. This will be the first time that Kiki's has been screened in New York City since the American premiere of new English dub in NYICFF 2000. Walt Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment released all three Miyazaki films on DVD in North America.

Images © 1999 Naoki Urasawa Studio Nuts/Shogakukan
© 2008 20th Century Boys Movie Production Committee
© 2001 Nibariki • TGNDDTM

Update: The New York Asian Film Festival will also show Be a Man! Samurai School, Tak Sakaguchi's screenwriting and directing debut that is based on Akira Miyashita's Sakigake!! Otoko Juku manga.

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