Here comes the 2011 New York Asian Film Festival!

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If you live in New York City, or any place within a reasonable travelling distance, you better clear your calenders for the next two weeks, because the New York Asian Film Festival has arrived. Starting July 1st (tomorrow) and running through the 14th, dozens of films from across Asia will be playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in the Walter Reade Theater, as well as some showings at the Japan Society from July 7th through the 10th. A number of them are North American premieres (awesome!), and many of them will also be attended by the directors, actors, or producers of the films (AWESOME!). Hosted by Subway Cinema (the self-proclaimed “Kings” of the NYAFF”), the festival is celebrating its tenth year, and it looks like it’s going to be a great one. It may sound like I’m spouting PR nonsense, but it’s because I am really excited to see some of these films.

Unfortunately, I’m only one guy, so I will not be able to see all of the films (or even most of them). I will see as many as possible, however, and, if everything works out, I will have a film review up every weekday for the next two weeks. I am trying to see films from a variety of countries and in a variety of genres, but I will only be scratching the surface. Will they all be great? No, probably not, but I would venture to guess that you will be seeing a lot of high review scores in the next two weeks. Bookmark this link, because it will bring you right to all things NYAFF as they are featured on Flixist.

The festival is open to the public, and I implore you to see as many of the films as you can. Asian cinema is awesome, and not nearly enough of it reaches American theaters. Tickets can be purchased from the source link, as well as more information about the festival as well as the films themselves. Go below for the full schedule of films.

[Via Subway Cinema]

Fri, July 1

6:00SELL OUT (110) – with director Yeo Joon Han and actor Peter Davis

9:00MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY (90) – with director Yoshimasa Ishibashi and actor Takayuki Yamada; Yamada will receive the Star Asia Rising Star Award prior to the screening

11:00 Opening Night Reception — free admission for ticket-holders to 9:00 and 12:00 films

12:00 HORNY HOUSE OF HORROR (75) + DARK ON DARK (17)

Sat, July 2

12:15 BKO: BANGKOK KNOCKOUT (105)

2:30PUNISHED (94)

4:3013 ASSASSINS: DIRECTORS CUT (141) – with actor Takayuki Yamada

7:30SHAOLIN (131)

10:15 MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! (84)

12:00 RAW FORCE (86)

Sun, July 3

12:30 A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (109)

2:45DUEL TO THE DEATH (83)

4:45KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (101)

7:00NINJA KIDS!!! (100)

9:10BUDDHA MOUNTAIN (105)

Mon, July 4

1:00ABRAXAS (113)

3:30SELL OUT (110) — with director Yeo Joon Han and actor Peter Davis

6:30A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (109)

9:00THE LAST DAYS OF THE WORLD (96)

Tue, July 5

1:30BUDDHA MOUNTAIN (105)

3:45THE RECIPE (107)

6:15ABRAXAS (113)

8:45KARATE-ROBO ZABORGAR (101)

Wed, July 6

1:00FOXY FESTIVAL (110)

3:30THE UNJUST (119)

6:15HAUNTERS (114)

8:45BEDEVILLED (115)

Thu, July 7

1:15OCEAN HEAVEN (96)

3:30B.T.S.: BETTER THAN SEX (92) – with director Su Chao-pin

6:15THE MAN FROM NOWHERE (119)

8:45SHAOLIN (131)

Japan Society:

6:45OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA: THE GREAT DEPARTURE (111)

9:00RINGING IN THEIR EARS (89)

Fri, July 8

1:15THE LAST DAYS OF THE WORLD (96)

3:30THE CABBIE (94) – with director Su Chao-pin

6:45OCEAN HEAVEN (96)

9:00FOXY FESTIVAL (110)

12:00 RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY (91)

Japan Society:

7:00LOVE AND LOATHING AND LULU AND AYANO (105)

9:15BATTLE ROYALE (114)

Sat, July 9

1:30ZU: WARRIORS FROM MAGIC MOUNTAIN (94) – with director Tsui Hark

4:00REIGN OF ASSASSINS (117) – with director Su Chao-pin

7:00THE RECIPE (107)

9:30HAUNTERS (114)

12:00 BKO: BANGKOK KNOCKOUT (105)

Japan Society:

12:30 GANTZ (130)

3:00GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER (150)

6:00NINJA KIDS (100)

8:15YAKUZA WEAPON (106) – with co-director / actor Tak Sakaguchi, co-director Yudai Yamaguchi, actor Arata Yamanaka, and producer Yoshinori Chiba, plus free admission to the after-party!

Sun, July 10

1:00REIGN OF ASSASSINS (117) – with director Su Chao-pin

4:00DRAGON INN (109) – with producer Tsui Hark

7:00BEDEVILLED (115)

9:30PUNISHED (94)

Japan Society:

12:30 OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA: THE GREAT DEPARTURE (111)

2:45HEAVENS STORY (278) – includes a ten-minute intermission

8:00MILOCRORZE: A LOVE STORY (90) – with director Yoshimasa Ishibashi

Mon, July 11

1:30RINGING IN THEIR EARS (89)

3:30LOVE AND LOATHING AND LULU AND AYANO (105)

6:00THE BLADE (100) – with director Tsui Hark

8:30DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (122) – with director Tsui Hark

Tue, July 12

12:30 MISE-EN-SCENE SHORT FILMS: PROGRAM #1 (92)

2:30TROUBLESHOOTER (99) – with director Kwok Hyeok-jae and producer Ryoo Seung-wan

5:00VERSUS (119) – with actor Tak Sakaguchi and writer Yudai Yamaguchi

7:45YAKUZA WEAPON (106) – with co-director / actor Tak Sakaguchi, co-director Yudai Yamaguchi, actor Arata Yamanaka, and producer Yoshinori Chiba

10:15 HORNY HOUSE OF HORROR (75) + DARK ON DARK (17)

Wed, July 13

1:00MISE-EN-SCENE SHORT FILMS: PROGRAM #2 (92) – with director Yoon Hye-ryeom

3:30CITY OF VIOLENCE (92) – with director Ryoo Seung-wan

6:15BATTLEFIELD HEROES (118) – with director Lee Joon-ik

9:00THE UNJUST (119) – with director Ryoo Seung-wan

Thu, July 14

12:30 BATTLEFIELD HEROES (118) – with director Lee Joon-ik

3:15THE CHASER (125) – with director Na Hong-jin

6:15TROUBLESHOOTER (99) – with director Kwok Hyeok-jae and producer Ryoo Seung-wan

9:00THE YELLOW SEA (156) – with director Na Hong-jin