Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 16
Event Fee: $9 Per Ticket–Members, $14 Per Ticket–Non-Members
Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, New York, NY 10023
Get wooed by die-hard romantics, unnerved by devil children, and bear witness to the fury of angry young men on paths of destruction in the sweet sixteenth edition of the New York Asian Film Festival. Wild cinematic outings that always have something to say about the human condition, this summer’s crop of titles range from the heartwarming to the desperately dark. Dive headfirst into the raging sea of talent from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and across South East Asia—filmmakers unafraid to take on controversial subjects and explore complex emotions.
FILMS FROM CHINA
Co-presented with Confucius Institute Headquarters and China Institute
Battle of Memories
Director: Leste Chen
2017, China, 119 minutes
Showtime: Saturday, July 1, 10:00 PM
After undergoing a medical procedure to retrieve lost memories, a novelist starts having the recollections of a serial killer. Battle of Memories is a hallucinogenic roller coaster ride built on dream logic, incorporating a stylish visual aesthetic into a tightly woven murder mystery.
Blood of Youth
Director: Yang Shupeng,
2016, China, 111 minutes
North American Premiere • Director Yang Shupeng in attendance
Showtime: Sunday, July 2, 10:00 PM
After three vibrant period films, one of China’s least-known maverick directors—self-trained fireman-turned-filmmaker Yang Shupeng—makes his first contemporary film, a crime drama about a computer hacker who plays a cat-and-mouse game with police and criminals, pitting one against the other in the midst of a bank heist.
Director: Han Han
2017, China, 101 minutes
Showtime: Saturday, July 15, 12:30 PM
After a close encounter with a fast-moving train in 2022, arrogant rally driver Tailang (Deng Cha) is transported back to 1998 and enlisted into the gang led by his own father Zhengtai (Eddie Peng). Boasting a rare 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, multitalented Han Han’s sophomore production accelerated past the billion yuan ($150 million) milestone domestically.
Directors: Alan Mak, Anthony Pun
2017, China, DCP, 120 minutes
Actor Duan Yihong will be in attendance and will receive the NYAFF 2017 Star Asia Award
Showtime: Saturday, July 1, 7:30 PM
Uber-cop Lin Kai (Huang Xuan) goes deep cover to take down a vicious drug cartel. The stakes are raised to the next level when he is entwined with psychopathic head honcho Eagle, leading to a harrowing journey of forced drug addiction and time bomb pyrotechnics in China’s bionic update of classic hyperbolic HK genre films.
Someone to Talk to
Director: Liu Yulin
2016, China, 107 minutes
Showtime: Sunday, July 9, 6:00 PM
Liu Yulin’s first feature is that rare beast, a truly honest and perceptive film about relationships. When cuckolded husband Aiguo sets out to catch his wife having an affair, he ends up destroying two marriages. Meanwhile his 39-year-old sister re-enters the dating game, desperately seeking someone of her own to talk to.
Soul on a String
Director: Zhang Yang
2016, China, 142 minutes
Showtime: Sunday, July 9, 3:10 PM
After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a slain deer, young Tibetan wanderer Taibei embarks on a mission to bring the divine artifact back to its rightful home, the holy mountain of Buddha. Danger and treachery lurk at every step, as black market traders and two brothers in search of vengeance stand in his path.
To get the promotional code for China Institute’s members-only ticket discount please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]