NYAFF 2012 Review: THE LOST BLADESMAN, Forthright in Both Action & Drama

With its New York premiere happening this Saturday, July 7 as part of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, we now revisit James Marsh's review from April 2011.It has been almost a decade since director Alan Mak and then-screenwriter... More »
By James Marsh   

NYAFF 2012 Review: HONEY PUPU, Too Sweet For Its Own Good

While Niels Matthijs called Chen Hung-I's film about the wired youth in contemporary Taipei the "best film of 2011" and in our NYAFF preview I cited it as a "must-see" of the fest, it is a film that will most... More »
By Ben Umstead   

NYAFF 2012 Review: YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE, A Crisp Coming-of-age Comedy

With its North American premiere at the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, we now revisit James Marsh's review from last November. For his directorial debut, prolific youth author Giddens Ko has adapted one of his own autobiographical novels,... More »
By James Marsh   

NYAFF 2012 Review: STARRY STARRY NIGHT, A Beautiful Portrait of Youth

With its New York premiere happening Tuesday, July 3rd as part of the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, we now revisit Niels Matthijs review from earlier in the year.Tom Lin's latest endeavor may be his definite ticket to international... More »
By Niels Matthijs   

NYAFF 2012 Review: NAMELESS GANGSTER is a Refreshing & Rewarding Crime Epic

Boys and girls... Here. We. Go. Alexander Thebez delivers our first review from NYAFF 2012. Thanks much, Alex.Starring one of Korea's iconic actors, Choi Min-sik (Oldboy, I Saw the Devil), Nameless Gangster is a movie about family and survival in... More »
By Ben Umstead   

NYFF 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up: Part 2

Aannd we're back with part 2 of Peter Gutierrez and Aaron Krasnov's wrap up of the 49th annual New York Film Festival. Part 1 can be found here. And now... a veritable NYFF blow-out with the dynamic duo dropping some... More »
By Ben Umstead   

NYFF 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up: Part 1

And as quick as you can say "Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater" the 49th annual New York Film Festival came to a close last evening with a whopping 4 screenings of Alexander Payne's The Descendants which took... More »
By Ben Umstead   


During yesterday's press conference at Lincoln Center, director David Cronenberg insisted he doesn't think about his past pictures while engaged in the making of a new one. That doesn't mean that audiences, and more specifically his legions of fans--and I'm... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYFF 2011: Patience (After Sebald) Review

Upon the outset, a coincidental bout of serendipity had struck; the smile inducing collision of events that feels slyly preternatural.  The book atop my to-be-read pile was W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, The New York Film Festival was announcing... More »
By Aaron Krasnov   

NYFF 2011: MISS BALA Review

You've got to hand it to Gerardo Naranjo. Other filmmakers, particularly those of the Hollywood school, would have taken the easy way out when starting from such a winning, inspired-by-a-true-story premise:  a poor, would-be beauty queen becomes, against her will,... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYFF 2011: The Loneliest Planet Review

Displacing Tom Bissell's short story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" to the verdant hills of Georgia, Julia Loktev re-imagines the somber, transient tale of love, fissured by a momentary, yet infinitely projecting incident. Set against the lush, ex-soviet highland The Loneliest Planet... More »
By Aaron Krasnov   

NYFF 2011: CARNAGE Review

I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say that Roman Polanski's Carnage, which opens in the U.S. on December 16, is in many ways a quintessential New York Film Festival title. Like The Social Network last year,... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   

NYFF 2011: The Nikkatsu Centennial Celebration

A studio's logo can sometimes be just as iconic as the beloved films produced and distributed under such an emblem. Think of the glitz and glamor of the MGM logo as the lion roars; The mighty peak of Paramount; the... More »
By Ben Umstead   

NYAFF 2011: Troubleshooter Review

Laced with slapstick and American action film influences, Troubleshooter owes as much to Tony Scott as it does producer Ryoo Seung-Wan. A frenetic-brained thriller with a deeply funny underbelly aiming to have fun with the genre, without skimping on serious-minded... More »
By Aaron Krasnov   


When one hears the word 'epic' one usually thinks of 'battles' and 'dragons', 'conspiracy and intrigue', 'larger-than-life filmmaking.' When one hears the words 'revenge story' images of Charles Bronson mowing down street punks or Choi Min-sik dishing out justice with... More »
By Ben Umstead   

NYAFF 2011: HAUNTERS Review (A Very Different Take)

The screenwriter behind Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad and The Weird makes his directorial debut with Korean box office hit, Haunters. Haunters is a quasi-superhero flick depicting the adversarial relationship between a powerful "psychic" and the only man impervious... More »


[Our thanks to Mark Popham for the following review.]Man, I have been really pulling the long NYAFF straws when it comes to gorgeously shot Korean action films. Last year I had Secret Reunion, a North/South spy versus spycatcher buddy... More »
By Ben Umstead   


The first part in a projected trilogy based on Osamu Tezuka's 8 volume manga, Toei Animation's Buddha: The Great Departure chronicles the early life of Prince Siddhartha in bombastic fashion, constructing an epic on a scale intended to rival old-school... More »
By Ben Umstead   


[Once again, a round of applause to Mark Popham.] Ever since getting a screener of BTS: Better Than Sex in the mail, I kept bragging to people about the Taiwanese teen sex comedy I had to watch. I had to... More »
By Ben Umstead   


The film starts out with Noko, a lead singer of Japanese metafunk band Shinsei Kamattechan, on stage, singing while holding a laptop in front of him. With fans' comments flying across the live streaming images of the concert in the... More »
By Dustin Chang   
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