With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Romantic actioner ONE NIGHT ONLY coming to VOD on January 31st, 2019

Cheng Cheng Films
One Night Only / Tian liang zhi qian
Directed by Matt Wu
Starring: Aaron Kwok and Yang Zishan 
China, 90 minutes, 2016

Chinese romantic actioner One Night Only will be coming to VOD on 1/31/2019. It will be available at these platforms: Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Vimeo on Demand Comcast, Sling, iNDemand Spectrum/Time Warner, Cox, Optimum/CableV DISH, Verizon FiOS, DirecTV

Mixing high-octane actions with moving romance, One Night Only starring Hong Kong's legendary Aaron Kwok (Cold War, The Monkey King) follows a gambler and a hooker's suspenseful night together as they race through Bangkok's underground world trying to win their fortune and dignity back. With style and energy, Matt Wu's debut wins as an emotional rollercoaster that contemplates love and fate.

View the One Night Only trailer here.

One Night Only Official Webpage: 1NightOnlyMovie.com

All six LONE WOLF AND CUB films coming to Japan Society NY

Japan Society NY
The Complete Lone Wolf and Cub
When: January 25th and 26th, 2019
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

When he is wrongly accused of treason and stripped of his position as the Shogun’s executioner, Itto Ogami (Tomisaburo Wakayama) becomes an itinerant sword for hire with his infant son Daigoro in tow. Pushing around a wooden cart equipped with an arsenal of hidden weapons, the iconic father-son duo embark on the revenge-driven road to Hell. Adapted from the mega popular manga series, the Lone Wolf and Cub films are Japanese genre filmmaking at its bloody best, each entry replete with bold visual style and brilliant action choreography. For this two-day marathon presentation, Japan Society screens recent restorations of all six original films in sequential order.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors & students/$10 members
2-Film Pass: $2 off each ticket when you purchase tickets for two different series films in the same transaction!
All Access Pass: $36 for all six films!

For the Full Schedule and to Order Tickets, click here.

Special Offer: Ticketholders are invited to participate in an onsite raffle for a chance to win manga prizes courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. Two winners will receive copies of the Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Vol. 1, 2 & 3, and one winner will receive a copy of the newly published Lone Wolf and Cub Gallery Edition, which features illustrations reproduced at original size on heavy-stock art paper. Winners selected at random. Limit one raffle entry per customer. To order Dark Horse’s Lone Wolf and Cub titles visit DarkHorse.com.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

THE SPY GONE NORTH now available for digital download or rental

CJ Entertainment
The Spy Gone North / Gongjak
Directed by YOON Jong-bin
South Korea, 2018, 137 minutes

The Spy Gone North, a South Korean espionage film inspired by a true story, releases on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play today, January 8th, 2019. Director YOON Jong-bin (Kundo, Nameless Gangster) delivers a gripping, fact-based spy saga about a loyal South Korean agent caught in the political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of two Koreas.

In 1993 Korea, the only country where the Cold War continues, tensions surrounding the development of nuclear weapons escalate. Seok-young Park, an army major in the South Korea military intelligence with the code name 'Black Venus' is assigned a mission to infiltrate the North Korean nuclear facility. Seok-young disguises himself as a South Korean businessman working on a collaborative project with North Korea, and approaches Myung-woon Lee, a North Korean high official based in Beijing. After laying down groundwork for years, Seok-young finally manages to win the North Korean ruling class' trust and secure a contract for joint advertising. However, Seok-young soon discovers that both North and South Korea are making secret deals for their own interests in the 1998 South Korean presidential election.

The Spy Gone North stars HWANG Jung-min, LEE Sung-min, CHO Jin-woong, and JU Ji-hoon. It was featured in the Midnight section of the 71st Cannes Film Festival last year.

This film is distributed by CJ Entertainment. The cost is $15.99 to purchase High Definition (HD), $11.99 to purchase Standard Definition (SD), $4.99 to rent High Definition (HD), and $3.99 to rent Standard Definition (SD).

The official movie trailer can be seen here.

Friday, December 28, 2018

THE GREAT BATTLE is coming to Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on January 8th, 2019

Well Go USA
The Great Battle
Directed by  KIM Kwang-shik
South Korea, 2018, 136 minutes

Director Kim Kwang-Sik (My Dear Desperado) brings to life the first Korean action blockbuster to depict the Korean Goguryeo dynasty in the epic story The Great Battle. It will be available on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD starting January 8th, 2019 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Set during the Chinese Tang dynasty, the action-packed film is based on the historic 80-day battle between the Goguryeo and Tang forces known as The Siege of Ansi, that took place while the two groups were at war between 645-668 AD. Kwang-Sik uses cutting-edge cinematic technologies to create spectacular action sequences.

The film stars Zo In-Sung (The King), Nam Joo-Hyuk (the TV series Bride of the Water God) and Park Sung-Woong (The Swindlers). The discs also come with a behind-the-scenes featurette with commentary from the director and cast.

With epic scale and breathtaking action, The Great Battle tells the story of the Siege of Ansi, where Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 200,000 invading Tang soldiers in a battle that raged for 88 days.

MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS at Japan Society on Friday, January 11th, 2019

Japan Society NY
© American Zoetrope
  Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Directed by Paul Schrader
With With Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Yoshiyuki Nagashima, and Yasosuke Bando
Japan, 1985, 121 minutes, DCP, color and b&w
In Japanese with English subtitles.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets - $14/$11 seniors & students / $10 members

This unconventional, visually stunning biopic directed by Paul Schrader (presented in a new 4K restoration) deconstructs the life and work of Japanese writer and outspoken ultranationalist Yukio Mishima—who famously killed himself in a public act of seppuku (ritual suicide) after he failed to incite a military coup—through a dazzling assemblage of biographical dramatization and extravagantly stylized interpretations of his fiction.

This screening is presented in conjunction with the current Japan Society exhibition Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura, which runs through January 13. In his artistic exploration of postwar Japanese history, Morimura has repeatedly transformed himself into Mishima, including works featured in the exhibition.

AsianCineFest Rating: 4 out of 4 stars; most highly recommended, a must see.