With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

THE SPY GONE NORTH invited to the 71st Cannes Film Festival; will be released in the U.S. Summer 2018

Official Poster courtesy CJ Entertainment
The Spy Gone North / Gongjak
Written and directed by YOON Jong-bin
Starring HWANG Jung-min, LEE Sung-min,
CHO Jin-woong, and JU Ji-hoon
South Korea, 2018

CJ Entertainment has announced that its highly anticipated espionage film, The Spy Gone North (Gongjak), is releasing in the U.S. this Summer. The film has been invited to the Midnight section of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which is taking place May 8-19. Directed by YOON Jong-bin, this is his second invitation after The Unforgiven in 2006. Starring HWANG Jung-min (“The Battleship Island, The Wailing), LEE Sung-min (The Sheriff in Town, A Violent Prosecutor), CHO Jin-woong (“The Handmaiden,” “Bluebeard), and JU Ji-hoon (“Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, Asura: City of Madness). This is HWANG and CHO’s second invitation to the festival as well. CJ E&M now has a total of nine titles that have been invited to the Cannes Film Festival.

Director YOON (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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kazuo Miyagawa retrospective begins tonight at Japan Society NY

Japan Society NY
presents
Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer
When: April 13-28, 2018
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Map

Japan Society NY's spring film series opens tonight with a brand new 4K restoration of Yasujiro Ozu’s Floating Weeds (above), introduced by Ichiro Miyagawa, eldest son of Kazuo Miyagawa, and Masahiro Miyajima, Miyagawa's longtime camera assistant. Followed by an opening night reception with food, drinks and live music. Limited tickets remain. [UPDATE: This event is sold out. A waitlist will begin at the box office at 6 PM.]

Opening Night Tickets  


Japan Society will screen 10 more of Miyagawa's greatest works over the next two weeks, including Rashomon (1950), The Rickshaw Man (1943), and Ballad of Orin (1977). Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Full Schedule & Tickets

Note that co-organizer The Museum of Modern Art will host repeat screenings and additional Miyagawa retrospective titles from April 12-29. Preceding the retrospective, new 4K restorations of Mizoguchi's A Story From Chikamatsu and Sansho the Bailiff, both shot by Miyagawa, will run at Film Forum from April 6-12.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

THE MONKEY KING 3 debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ & DVD May 15th

Well Go USA
Entertainment
presents
The Monkey King 3/ Xi you ji zhi nĂ¼ er guo
Directed by Cheang Pou-soi
China/Hong Kong, 2018, 116 minutes

Director Cheang Pou-soi (Accident) and Aaron Kwok (City Under Siege) reunite for THE MONKEY KING 3, the highly-anticipated third installment in the international blockbuster Monkey King franchise, debuting on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 15 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

A small portion of the epic 16th-century Chinese 100-chapter novel Journey to the West again provides the story, picking up where the previous films left off with the Impish magical primate and his motley crew of colorful followers accompanying a monk on a mission to retrieve sacred scriptures. In this installment, they find themselves trapped in a land inhabited only by women.

In addition to Aaron Kwok, returning castmenbers include Feng Shaofeng (White Vengeance), Gigi Leung (Turn Left, Turn Right), Xiao Shenyang (The Grandmaster) and Chung Him Law (Eye in the Sky), along with franchise newcomers Zhao Liying (Eternal Wave), Lin Chiling (City of Rock) and Kingdom Yuenc (Last Hero in China).

Synopsis:
The third installment of the blockbuster fantasy series sees the return of the Monkey King (Aaron Kwok) in his most action-packed adventure yet! While continuing their epic journey to the West, the Monkey King and his companions are taken captive by the Queen of an all-female land, who believes them to be part of an ancient prophecy heralding the fall of her kingdom. With a lot of sorcery and a little bit of charm, the travelers devise a plan to escape. But, when their trickery angers the mighty River God, they realize they might just bring about the foretold destruction - unless they can find a way to quell her wrath.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Retrospective of renowned Japanese cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa

Japan Society NY
presents
Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer
When: April 13-28, 2018
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Map

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, Japan Society will present an 11-film retrospective surveying the work of Kazuo Miyagawa (1908-1999), the most influential cinematographer of postwar Japanese cinema. Working intimately with directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa on some of their most important films, Miyagawa pushed Japanese cinema to its highest artistic peaks through his lyrical, innovative and technically flawless camerawork. This career-spanning selection displays his great versatility, including major masterpieces and rarely shown titles, screening in 35mm and new digital restorations.

For further information, a complete list of the films that will be shown at Japan Society and to buy tickets for screenings there, click here.

Note that co-organizer The Museum of Modern Art will host repeat screenings and additional Miyagawa retrospective titles from April 12-29. Preceding the retrospective, new 4K restorations of Mizoguchi's A Story From Chikamatsu and Sansho the Bailiff, both shot by Miyagawa, will run at Film Forum from April 6-12.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

PARADOX, the third installment in the SPL series, will be available on digital, Blu-ray & DVD on May 8th

Well Go USA
Entertainment
presents
Paradox / Sha po lang: taam long
Directed by Wilson Yip
Hong Kong, 2017, 100 minutes

Director Wilson Yip (Ip Man franchise) reteams with legendary action coordinator Sammo Hung (Ip Man, Tai Chi Zero) and star Louis Koo (The White Storm) for the third instalment of the SPL martial arts franchise PARADOX, exploding on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Koo stars as a tough police negotiator who gets in over his head when he travels to Bangkok to search for his missing teenage daughter. PARADOX also stars Gordon Lam (Ip Man, Infernal Affairs), Tony Jaa (xXx: Return of Xander Cage), Wu Yue (God of War), Chris Collins (Gen-X Cops), Ken Low (Rush Hour), Vithaya Pansringarm (Operation Mekong) and newcomer Hanna Chan.

PARADOX is the third installment of the SPL film series, following the 2005’s SPL: Sha Po Lang and 2015’s SPL II: A Time for Consequences.

Synopsis:
Hong Kong cop Lee (Louis Koo) goes on a search in Thailand for his missing daughter Chi (Hanna Chan). Thai Chinese police officer Chui Kit (Wu Yue) lets Lee join the investigation, having no idea that Lee is going to use the mass media to hunt for clues. A short clip which accidentally filmed Chi’s capture is uploaded to the police website, but subsequently deleted. Chui Kit and colleague Tak (Tony Jaa) tracks down the clip owner, but the evidence is destroyed before they can stop it. The duo begins tracking down the culprit. As they get closer to the truth, they realize that the case is more complicated than they expected, and the mastermind behind the scene is not someone they can deal with...