So, 2012 was a good year for me. One of the highlights was attending the New York Asian Film Festival and Japan Cuts. It wasn’t the first time I’d gone, but it was my first time as an official member of the press.
I attended NYAFF’s opening night screening of Vulgaria (Hong Kong, 2012) with a couple of friends of mine including VCinema’s very own Dear Leader, Stan Glick. We had a blast. The movie was easily one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen, regardless of the film’s country of origin. Unfortunately, Stan had to leave when the movie was over, but there was a great Q&A with director Pang Ho-cheung. Afterwards, there was a very nice opening night reception in the Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center) complete with some ice cold Kirin.
The following afternoon, I was extremely lucky enough to attend the press conference with one of the top actors in Korea, Choi Min-sik. It was a true thrill to not only be in the same room with the man, but to have asked him a question about one of my favorite films I Saw the Devil (S. Korea 2010). NYAFF held a four film mini-retrospective of Choi’s work, including his latest Nameless Gangster (Korea, 2012).
Over the course of a month so many amazing films were screened both at Lincoln Center and The Japan Society and I was able to see and review quite a few, including the New York premiere of Hard Romanticker (Japan, 2011), the anime King of Pigs (Korea, 2011), the musical comedy Nasi Lemak 2.0 (Malaysia 2011), Takashi Shimizu’s horror film Tormented (Japan 2011), and the heartbreaking Fukushima documentary No Man’s Zone (Japan 2012). I cannot wait to attend NYAFF and Japan Cuts next year!