NYAFF 2016 Award Announcement

New York Asian Film Festival 2016 Audience Award

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The people of New York have spoken, their votes have been tallied: Kankuro Kudo’s anarchic Japanese comedy Too Young to Die! is the Audience Award Winner of the 15th New York Asian Film Festival. The event came to a close on Saturday night after screening 51 films over 18 days at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the SVA Theatre in Manhattan.

Too Young to Die!, which had its North American premiere at the festival, stars Ryunosuke Kamiki as a student sent to Buddhist hell after his whole class dies in a freak bus accident. There, he makes a pact with guitar-shredding demon Killer K, played by Tomoya Nagase, to be reincarnated and reunite with his high school crush. International sale of the film is handled by Toho Co Ltd.

The filmed garnered 94% positive votes.

Second- and third-placed in the audience vote were two South Korean thrillers, Woo Min-ho’s Inside Men and Lee Il-hyeong’s A Violent Prosecutor. Both films were major box office hits in South Korea. Lee Byung-hun, the star of Inside Men, attended the festival to receive one of three Star Asia Awards. Both films are productions of South Korea’s Showbox Corporation, which also handles international sales.

Two Southeast Asian films came fourth and fifth in the audience vote: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s offbeat romantic comedy Heart Attack from Thailand, and Mario Cornejo’s surfing relationship drama Apocalypse Child from the Philippines. Another film from the Philippines, Erik Matti’s thriller Honor Thy Father, was placed eighth in the audience vote.

Box office grew 20%, setting a new record for the festival. Attendance was particularly strong for films from China, the Philippines and Japan. The festival closed with a sell-out screening of the international premiere of Adam Tsuei’s Taiwan thriller The Tenants Downstairs, ahead of its mid-August domestic release.

15TH NYAFF AUDIENCE AWARDS RESULTS

  1. Too Young to Die! [Japan]
  2. Inside Men [South Korea]
  3. A Violent Prosecutor [South Korea]
  4. Heart Attack [Thailand]
  5. Apocalypse Child [Philippines]
  6. The Throne [South Korea]
  7. Dongju: Portrait of a Poet [South Korea]
  8. Honor Thy Father [Philippines]
  9. 10 Years [Hong Kong]
  10. Fourth Place [South Korea]

Previous Audience Award winners include: THE ROYAL TAILOR (NYAFF 2015), UZUMASA LIMELIGHT & ZONE PRO SITE (NYAFF 2014), HENTAI KAMEN (NYAFF 2013), ACE ATTORNEY (NYAFF 2012), A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI (NYAFF 2011), CASTAWAY ON THE MOON and GALLANTS (NYAFF 2010), THE MAGIC HOUR (NYAFF 2009), FINE, TOTALLY FINE (NYAFF 2008), MEMORIES OF MATSUKO (NYAFF 2007), ALWAYS: SUNSET ON THIRD STREET (NYAFF 2006), THE TASTE OF TEA (NYAFF 2005), PLEASE TEACH ME ENGLISH (NYAFF 2004), PING PONG (NYAFF 2003), and MY SASSY GIRL (NYAFF 2002).

We hope you enjoyed the 2016 lineup! See you soon!

From the whole Subway Cinema crew

About our Awards

By recognizing both established and up-and-coming filmmakers and actors (with Lifetime Achievement, Star Asia, and Rising Star Awards), New York Asian Film Festival brings Asian talent to the forefront while reminding audiences of the immense creativity to be experienced in Asian cinema.

Additional awards include the Audience Award for best film (as determined by audience ballot) and Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema for best action film.

Recent Audience Award winners include THE ROYAL TAILOR, HENTAI KAMEN: FORBIDDEN SUPER HERO, ACE ATTORNEY, A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI, CASTAWAY ON THE MOON and GALLANTS.

Previous Award Winners

2016

NYAFF 15th Anniversary Star Asia Award: Miriam Yeung | Lee Byung-hun | John Lloyd Cruz
Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Shunji Iwai
NYAFF 15th Anniversary Screen International Rising Star Award: Go Ayano | Teri Malvar | Jelly Lin
Audience Award: TOO YOUNG TO DIE!
Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema: Yue Song (THE BODYGUARD)

2015

Star Asia Award: Aaron Kwok
Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Ringo Lam
Screen International Rising Star Award: Shota Sometani
Audience Award: THE ROYAL TAILOR
Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema: VENGEANCE OF AN ASSASSIN

2014

Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Jimmy Wong Yu
Star Asia Award: Sandra Ng
Star Asia Award: Sol Kyung-gu
The Celebrity Award: Park Joong-hoon
Screen International Rising Star Award: Fumi Nikaido
Audience Award: UZUMASA LIMELIGHT and ZONE PRO SITE
Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema: THE WHITE STORM

2013
Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Jackie Chan
Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Tsai Yang-ming
Rising Star Award: Kim Go-eun
Audience Award: HENTAI KAMEN
Daniel A. Craft Award for Excellence in Action Cinema: IP MAN: THE FINAL FIGHT

2012

Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Chung Chang-wha
Star Asia Award: Donnie Yen
Rising Star Award: Masami Nagasawa
Rising Star Award: Michelle Chen
Audience Award: ACE ATTORNEY

2011

Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award: Tsui Hark
Rising Star Award: Takayuki Yamada
Audience Award: A BOY AND HIS SAMURAI

2010

Star Asia Lifetime Achievement: Sammo Hung
Star Asia Award: Simon Yam
Rising Star Award: Huang Bo
Audience Award: CASTAWAY ON THE MOON and GALLANTS

2009

Rising Star Award: Kong Hyo-jin
Rising Star Award: So Ji-sub
Audience Award: THE MAGIC HOUR

Jury Awards
Best Actor: Ge You for IF YOU ARE THE ONE
Best Actress: Tae Kimura for ALL AROUND US
Best Ensemble Performance: ALL AROUND US
Best Debut Feature: Yang Ik-june for BREATHLESS
Best Visual Achievement: THE CLONE RETURNS HOME
Special Award for Best Pop Culture Rush: FISH STORY
Special Award for Audacity: CRUSH AND BLUSH
Grand Prize: LOVE EXPOSURE

2008

Audience Award: FINE, TOTALLY FINE

Jury Awards
Grand Prize: SAD VACATION
Best Ensemble Performance: SPARROW and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES
Best Visual Achievement: Lee Myung-se for M and Joko Anwar for KALA
Outstanding Achievement: Koji Wakamatsu for UNITED RED ARMY
Best Debut Feature: Ryo Nakajima for THIS WORLD OF OURS

2007

Audience Award: MEMORIES OF MATSUKO

2006

Audience Award: ALWAYS – SUNSET ON THIRD STREET

2005

Audience Award: THE TASTE OF TEA

2004

Audience Award: PLEASE TEACH ME ENGLISH

2003

Audience Award: PING PONG

2002

Audience Award: MY SASSY GIRL