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Join for the very first NYAFF Winter Showcase as we Rock the Lunar New Year! We’re showing the very best in Asian cinema from the recent to the retro!
For the inaugural edition of the New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase, we’ve chosen a very timely theme. Everyone’s talking about “Crazy Rich Asians”, but what about the other side of the tracks? The showcase offers an alternate perspective on the continent with films that range from pure entertainment to profound introspection, stories about the 99% and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, which might be from halfway across the world but are more relevant than ever in our troubled times. A deeply moving epic of despair, raw tales of the streets, crime thrillers, redemptive boxing dramas, a comic period piece, darkly humorous animation, action extravaganzas; all make up the salient motif we’ve dubbed “Crazy Broke Asians”. Weaving a rich fabric of Asian cinema, the films from years past (including a few NYAFF alumni) deserve fresh eyes, while the premieres hint at much more to come this summer in NYAFF 2019.
The final day of the showcase includes the “Iko Uwais Double Punch”: Merantau (a NYAFF alumnus) and The Raid: Redemption, the first two groundbreaking martial arts films starring the silat champion, who was discovered by director Gareth Evans and is now taking Hollywood by storm.
As an added treat we’re continuing our tradition of showing great martial arts films of yore (as we’ve done in our monthly series at Quad Cinemas) with a sidebar titled “A Touch of Old School”. Here we present three beat ‘em up and chop ‘em down features by Taiwan kung fu movie maestro Joseph Kuo, resurrecting two grindhouse favorites, one of which was immortalized in a hiphop anthem by megastar rap band Wu-Tang Clan, as well as premiering a new 4K restoration of a rarely screened wuxia classic. And to top it all off, there will be one of our legendary “Secret Screenings” featuring as always a wild, mind-numbing surprise.