Korean stars Jang Hyuk, Kim Hye-yoon to receive awards at New York Asian Film Festival

Published June 30, 2022, 8:48 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Korean actor Jang Hyuk and actress Kim Hye-yoon, star of the movie “The Girl on a Bulldozer” and the drama “Snowdrop,” will be honored at the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) which will run from July 15 to 28, and on July 23 and July 28 to 31 at Asia Society

The 20th edition of NYAFF is presented by the New York Asian Film Foundation and Film at Lincoln Center (FLC). The Asia Society will be co-presenting a selection of films and a Hong Kong marathon day.

Korean stars and NYAFF awardees Jang Hyuk (left) and Kim Hye-yoon (Instagram)

International stars and acclaimed filmmakers will return in-person to grace the NYAFF red carpet at FLC, receive awards, speak at Q&A sessions, and impart wisdom during masterclasses and special talks.

Hong Kong cultural icon Josie Ho will headline NYAFF 2022 with her latest project as producer of the musical documentary “Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice-The Director’s Cut,” in which she travels with musicians and students from Hong Kong to Iceland for a transcendent collaboration.

NYAFF’s 2022 Screen International Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to J-Horror maestro Takashi Shimizu, whose films include “The Grudge” franchise and “Ox-Head Village,” which he will also present at NYAFF in its North American premiere.

Japanese actor Hiroshi Abe will receive the Screen International Star Asia Award honoring his versatility, his cross-border appeal, and the diversity of genres he’s mastered in a three-decade career.

Kim Hye-yoon will be given the 2022 Screen International Rising Star Asia Award along with Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund.

NYAFF’s 2022 Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema will go to Jang Hyuk, “for his dazzling stunt work, emotional depth, and undeniable charisma in two electrifying films by director Choi Jae-hun, ‘The Killer’ and ‘The Swordsman’ (2020).”

Korean actor Ryu Seung-ryong, star of the films “Extreme Job” and “Miracle in Cell No. 7,” will get the inaugural Best from the East Award, a distinction to honor a singularly outstanding performance in a film (“Perhaps Love”).

NYAFF will also welcome filmmakers and creative forces in Asia including “Alienoid” director Choi Dong-hoon; “Shin Ultraman” director Shinji Higuchi and producer Tomoya Nishino; “Perhaps Love” actor-turned-director Cho Eun-ji; “Fast & Feel Love” director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and star Nat Kitcharit; “I Am More” director Lee Il-ha and glamorous drag queen-ballerina More; “Big Night!” director Jun Robles Lana and star Christian Bables; “Offbeat Cops” director Eiji Uchida (of Netflix megahit “Naked Director” fame); “#LookAtMe” star Yao (formerly Thomas Pang); “Confession” director Yoon Jong-seok; “Fire on the Plain” director Zhang Ji; “Next Door” director Yeom Ji-ho; and “Dealing with Dad” director Tom Huang and star Hayden Szeto.

The 20th anniversary of NYAFF will have six world premieres, eight international premieres, 19 North American premieres, four US premieres, and 17 East Coast/New York premieres, showcasing the most exciting new action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from Hong Kong, Japan, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, and the United States.

The New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by the New York Asian Film Foundation and Film at Lincoln Center in association with Asia Society and takes place from July 15–28, 2022 at FLC’s Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street), and on July 23 and July 28–31 at Asia Society (725 Park Avenue). It is curated by executive director Samuel Jamier, associate director Claire Marty, and programmers David Wilentz, Karen Severns, Koichi Mori, and Jenny Lin.

FULL LINEUP

OPENING FILM

Fast & Feel Love | dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Thailand 2022 | International Premiere


CENTERPIECE FILM

Hansan: Rising Dragon | dir. Kim Han-min, South Korea 2022 | North American Premiere


CLOSING FILM

Alienoid | dir. Choi Dong-hoon, South Korea 2022 | North American Premiere


CROWD PLEASERS

Films that captivate, comfort, and cheer

– Mama Boy | dir. Arvin Chen, Taiwan 2022 | North American Premiere

– Mama’s Affair | dir. Kearen Pang, Hong Kong 2022 | New York Premiere

– My Best Friend’s Breakfast | dir. Du Zheng Zhe, Taiwan 2022 | North American Premiere

– Offbeat Cops | dir. Eiji Uchida, Japan 2022 | World Premiere

– Stellar: A Magical Ride | dir. Kwon Soo-kyung, South Korea 2022 | International Premiere

– Table for Six | dir. Sunny Chan, Hong Kong 2022 | North American Premiere

– We Are Family | dir. Benny Lau, Hong Kong 2022 | World Premiere


GENRE MASTERS

Innovative new work that tweaks and twists genre conventions

– Confession | dir. Yoon Jong-seok, South Korea 2022 | North American Premiere

– Lesson in Murder | dir. Kazuya Shiraishi, Japan 2022 | North American Premiere

– Ox-Head Village | dir. Takashi Shimizu, Japan 2022 | North American Premiere

– Preman: Silent Fury | dir. Randolph Zaini, Indonesia 2021 | New York Premiere

– Shin Ultraman | dir. Shinji Higuchi, Japan 2022 | U.S. Premiere

– The Funeral | dir. Dan-Guei Shen, Taiwan 2022 | International Premiere

– The Killer | dir. Choi Jae-hun, South Korea 2022 | Special Screening

– The Swordsman | dir. Choi Jae-hun, South Korea 2020 | Special Screening

NEXT/NOW

Highlighting emerging voices and promising works by up-and-coming directors

– Chilli Laugh Story | dir. Coba Cheng, Hong Kong 2022 | International Premiere

– Fire on the Plain | dir. Zhang Ji, China 2021 | New York Premiere, A CineCina Selection

– I Haven’t Done Anything | dir. Park Sang-min, South Korea 2022 | World Premiere

– Legendary in Action! | dir. Justin Cheung, Li Ho, Hong Kong 2022 | North American Premiere

– Virgin Blue | dir. Niu Xiaoyu, China 2021 | New York Premiere, A CineCina Selection


BEYOND BORDERS

Films that tell stories about characters confronting different cultures

– Before Next Spring | dir. Li Gen, China 2021 | North American Premiere, A CineCina Selection

– Far Far Away | dir. Amos Why, Hong Kong 2021 | North American Premiere

– Finding Bliss: Fire and Ice—The Director’s Cut | dir. Kim Chan, Dee Lam, Hong Kong 2022 | North American Premiere


FRONTLINES

Films grounded in the lives of those in marginalized communities, with narratives that examine pressing issues

– Arisaka | dir. Mikhail Red, Philippines 2021 | New York Premiere

– Broken Commandment | dir. Kazuo Maeda, Japan 2022 | International Premiere

– The Girl on a Bulldozer | dir. Park Ri-woong, South Korea 2022 | North American Festival Premiere


STANDOUTS

Exceptional films, regardless of premiere status

– Big Night! | dir. Jun Robles Lana, Philippines 2021 | New York Premiere

– Hot Blooded | dir. Cheon Myeong-kwan, South Korea 2022 | U.S. Premiere

– I Am More | dir. Lee Il-ha, South Korea, 2021 | North American Premiere

– Manchurian Tiger | dir. Geng Jun, China 2021 | U.S. Premiere, A CineCina Selection

– Next Door | dir. Yeom Ji-ho, South Korea 2022 | U.S. Premiere


VANGUARDS

Original films that break away from formalistic and/or narrative conventions

– Grown-ups | dir. Takuya Kato, Japan 2022 | International Premiere

– Intimate Stranger | dir. Mayu Nakamura, Japan 2021 | North American Premiere

– Life for Sale | dir Tom Teng, Taiwan 2021 | International premiere

– Nothing Serious | dir. Jeong Ga-young, South Korea 2022 | New York Premiere

– Ribbon | dir. Non, Japan 2022 | East Coast Premiere

– Ripples of Life | dir. Wei Shujun, China 2021 | New York Premiere, A CineCina Selection

– Terrorizers | dir. Ho Wi Ding, Taiwan 2021 | New York Premiere

UNCAGED AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

– #LookAtMe | dir. Ken Kwek, Singapore 2022 | World Premiere

– Angry Son | dir. Kasho Iizuka, Japan 2022 | North American Premiere

– Imaginur | dir. Nik Amir Mustapha, Malaysia 2022 | World Premiere

– One and Four | dir. Jigme Trinley, China 2021 | North American Premiere

– Perhaps Love | dir. Cho Eun-ji, South Korea 2021 | North American Premiere

– Reclaim | dir. CJ Wang, Taiwan 2022 | International Premiere

– The Sales Girl | dir. Janchivdorj Sengedorj, Mongolia 2021 | North American Premiere

– Fast & Feel Love | dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Thailand 2022 | International Premiere


25th Anniversary program HKETO, CLASSIC MARATHON (presented with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York)

– Happy Together | dir. Wong Kar Wai, Hong Hong 1997 | Outdoors at Hearst Plaza

– Kung Fu Hustle | dir. Stephen Chow, Hong Kong 2004

– Overheard | dir. Alan Mak, Felix Chong, China/Hong Kong/Singapore 2009

– Running on Karma | dir. Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai, Hong Kong 2003

– The Eye | dir. Pang brothers, Hong Kong/Singapore 2002


Josie Ho Tribute (presented with the support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York)

– Dream Home | dir. Pang Ho-cheung, Hong Kong 2010

– Full Strike | dir. Derek Kwok, Henri Wong, Hong Kong 2015


ASIAN AMERICAN FOCUS

– Dealing with Dad | dir. Tom Huang, USA 2022 | East Coast Premiere


BRIGHT FUTURES: THE NARRATIVE SHORTS SHOWCASE

Superlative short works by emerging filmmakers

– Ateh | dir. Kristie Ko, Hong Kong 2021 | North American Premiere

– Black Goat | dir. Tang Yi, USA/Nepal 2019 | New York Premiere

– Double Happiness | dir. Scarlett Li, China/USA 2021 | New York Premiere

– Honekami (A Bite of Bone) | dir. Honami Yano, Japan 2021

– Natsuko | dir. Shuna Iijima, Japan 2020

– S.Q.A.G. (Short Quiet Asian Girl) | dir. Benedict Chiu, USA 2022 | World Premiere

– Tank Fairy | dir. Erich Rettstadt, Taiwan/USA 2021 | New York Premiere

– The Sea Between Us | dir. Yuga J Vardhan, Singapore 2021

– Visitors | dir. Kenichi Ugana, Japan 2021

– Wax and Wane | dir. Beidi Wang, USA 2022 | New York Premiere



 
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