This year’s New York Asian Film Festival will give world premieres to Takashi Miike’s Ninja Kids!!! and Eiji Uchida’s The Last Days of the World and international premieres to the Johnnie To-produced Punished and Yu Irie’s Ringing in Their Ears.
Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema with programming support from Japan Society, the festival will run from July 1 to 14 and will showcase 46 films from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s Milocrorze: A Love Story will have its North American premiere as the festival’s opening night selection. Ishibashi and the film’s star Takayuki Yamada will both attend the screening.
Ninja Kids!!! and the North American premiere of Benny Chan’s Shaolin will be the festival’s centrepiece presentations and Na Hong-Jin’s The Yellow Sea will be the closing night film.
Yamada will receive the festival’s 2011 Star Asia Rising Star Award and Hong Kong legend Tsui Hark will be presented with the 2011 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award.
Full details of the festival line-up are at www.subwaycinemanews.com.