Crazy Broke Asians: First Ever NYAFF Winter Showcase Coming February 1-3 and 8-10

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The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is one of the best film festivals of the summer, showcasing some of the best Asian dramas, comedies, horror films, and action movies every year. The NYAFF team is now launching their first ever Winter Showcase, which will run at the SVA Theatre for two weekends: February 1st through 3rd, and February 8th through 10th. This inaugural lineup includes 15 classic and contemporary films from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The theme of the 2019 NYAFF Winter Showcase is “Crazy Broke Asians.” While last year’s Crazy Rich Asians was full of garish wealth and opulence, the movies at the NYAFF Winter Showcase will focus on how the real people of the 99% get by (i.e., desperately and just barely).

The opening night film is the South Korean drama Miss Baek. The film’s star Han Ji-Min will be in attendance for a Q&A followed by an opening party. Tickets for the NYAFF Winter Showcase can be purchased at Eventbrite. More information can be found at nyaff.org.

Below is a list of all the films screening during the two weekends.

Friday, February 1st

MISS BAEK – 미쓰백
Lee Ji-won, South Korea, 2018, DCP, 98m
Cast: Han Ji-min, Kim Si-a, Lee Hee-jun
Korean with English subtitles
North American Premiere

Saturday, February 2nd

FLY BY NIGHT – 非常盗
Zahir Omar, Malaysia, 2018, DCP, 101m
Cast: Sunny Pang, Bront Palarae, Jack Tan, Ruby Yap, Frederick Lee
Chinese, Bahasa Malay, English with English subtitles
East Coast Premiere

MEE POK MAN
Erik Khoo, Singapore, 1995, DCP, 106m
Cast: Joe Ng, Michelle Goh, Lim Kay Tong, David Brazil
Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, English with English subtitles
U.S. Premiere of 4K Restoration

HAVE A NICE DAY好极了
Liu Jian, China, 2017, DCP, 77m
Animated
Mandarin with English subtitles

Sunday, February 3rd

AFTER THIS OUR EXILE – 父子
Patrick Tam, Hong Kong, 2006, Blu-ray, 159m
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Charlie Yeung
Cantonese with English subtitles
Director’s Cut

CRYING FIST주먹이운다
Ryoo Seung-Wan, South Korea, 2005, 35mm, 134m
Cast: Choi Min-Sik, Ryoo Seung-Bum
Korean with English subtitles

BREATHLESS똥파리
Yang Ik-June, South Korea, 2009, 35mm, 130m
Cast: Yang Ik-June, Kim Kkobbi
Korean with English subtitles

Friday, February 8th

100 YEN LOVE – 百円の恋
Masaharu Take, Japan, 2014, DCP, 113m
Cast: Sakura Ando, Hirofumi Arai
Japanese with English subtitles

Saturday, February 9th

THE 7 GRANDMASTERS – 虎豹龍蛇鷹
Joseph Kuo, Taiwan, 1978, 35mm, 88m
Cast: Yi‑min Li, Jack Lung, Corey Yuen, Nancy Yen
Mandarin with English subtitles

THE MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING雙馬連環
Joseph Kuo, Taiwan, 1979, 35mm, 87m
Cast: Lee Yi Min, Jack Long, Mark Long, Simon Yuen, Jeanie Chang
Mandarin with English subtitles

THE SWORDSMAN OF ALL SWORDSMEN一代劍王
Joseph Kuo, Taiwan, 1968, DCP, 85m
Cast: Tien Peng, Polly Shang-Kuan Ling-Feng, Chiang Nan
Mandarin with English subtitles

A SECRET SCREENING OF SOMETHING WEIRD AND BATS**T CRAZY
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Sunday, February 10th

KING OF BEGGARS武狀元蘇乞兒
Gordon Chan, Hong Kong, 1992, DCP, 100m
Cast: Stephen Chow, Cheung Man, Ng Man Tat
Cantonese with English subtitles

MERANTAU
Gareth Huw Evans, Indonesia, 2009, 35mm, 112m
Cast: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica
Indonesian with English subtitles

THE RAID: REDEMPTION
Gareth Huw Evans, Indonesia, 2011, 35mm, 101m
Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Ray Sahetapy
Indonesian with English subtitles

Hubert Vigilla
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