The 1st New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase
Friday, February 01, 2019 -
Sunday, February 10, 2019
15 Films Across Two Weekends
February 1-3 and February 8-10, 2019
For the inaugural edition of the New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase, NYAFF has chosen a very timely theme. Everyone’s talking about Crazy Rich Asians, but what about the other side of the tracks? The showcase offers an alternate perspective on the continent with films that range from pure entertainment to profound introspection, stories about the 99% and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, which might be from halfway across the world but are more relevant than ever in our troubled times. A deeply moving epic of despair, raw tales of the streets, crime thrillers, redemptive boxing dramas, a comic period piece, darkly humorous animation, action extravaganzas; all make up the salient motif we’ve dubbed “Crazy Broke Asians”. Weaving a rich fabric of Asian cinema, the films from years past (including a few NYAFF alumni) deserve fresh eyes, while the premieres hint at much more to come this summer in NYAFF 2019.
The final day of the showcase includes the Iko Uwais Double Punch: Merantau (a NYAFF alumnus) and The Raid: Redemption, the first two groundbreaking martial arts films starring the silat champion, who was discovered by director Gareth Evans and is now taking Hollywood by storm.
As an added treat, NYAFF is continuing its tradition of showing great martial arts films of yore with a sidebar titled “A Touch of Old School”. Here NYAFF presents three beat ‘em up and chop ‘em down features by Taiwan kung fu movie maestro Joseph Kuo, resurrecting two grindhouse favorites, one of which was immortalized in a hiphop anthem by megastar rap band Wu-Tang Clan, as well as premiering a new 4K restoration of a rarely screened wuxia classic. And to top it all off, there will be one of NYAFF’s legendary “Secret Screenings” featuring as always a wild, mind-numbing surprise.
Presented in partnership with SVA Theatre.
A full schedule and tickets are available by clicking here. Advance ticket sales are only online. In-person ticket sales will only be available at the venue on the screening dates.
Please contact NYAFF at [email protected] with questions.