Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), set to run from June 27-July 14.
The festival will open with the international premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s crime thriller Overheard 3 and close with the North American premiere of Park Chan-kyong’s documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits.
The previously announced North American premiere of Umin Boya’s period baseball epic Kano is the Centerpiece Presentation.
Taiwan’s Jimmy Wong Yu will collect the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Star Asia Award will go to Hong Kong’s Sandra Ng and South Korea’s Sol Kyung-gu.
The roster features a spotlight on local Hong Kong cinema called Hong Kong Forever!, a Sir Run Run Shaw Tribute and a focus on South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae.
Overall the NYAFF will present 60 features, among them Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man, Pang Ho-cheung’s Aberdeen, Anna Broinowski’s Aim High In Creation! and Hsieh Chun-yi’s Apolitical Romance.
Nikaido (pictured) has notched up a roster of credits that includes Shion Sono’s Himizu and Why Don’t You Play In Hell? as well as Koji Fukada’s Au Revoir l’été, and Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man.
In a second inaugural honour, the Celebrity Award will go to Park Joong-hoon.
NYAFF is presented by the Film Society Of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema in association with Japan Society. For the full line-up visit the official site.