Now in its 11th year, the New York Asian Film Festival is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which the New York Times has called “…one of the city’s most valuable events…” Launched in 2002 by Subway Cinema, the Festival selects only the best, strangest, and most entertaining movies to screen for New York audiences, ranging from mainstream blockbusters and art-house eccentricities to genre and cult classics. It was the first North American film festival to champion the works of Johnnie To, Bong Joon-Ho, Park Chan-Wook, Takashi Miike, and other auteurs of contemporary Asian cinema. The Festival has been produced in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010.
Subway Cinema is America’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asian popular film culture in all its forms. As the main arbiter of trends and discoveries in Asian cinema for more than a decade, the organization was the first in America to recognize the works of directors Johnnie To and Tsui Hark with retrospectives, and to bring attention to New Korean Cinema with the first New York Korean Film Festival. It also organized several notable programs of classic Hong Kong martial arts and horror films. In 2002, Subway Cinema launched its flagship annual event, the New York Asian Film Festival. It is widely considered invincible.
All info on previous festivals and retrospectives will be coming soon, but for now, you’re stuck with just the festival we’re having now.