Japanese films at the 29th Asian American IFF

William Phuan william
Mon Jul 10 19:41:55 EDT 2006

Catch the best of Asian & Asian American films!

The 29th New York Asian American International Film Festival offers up
another feast of great Asian and Asian American films. The one and only
unmissable summer movie experience runs July 13-21 in NYC and August 3-6 in
Long Island. Check out http://www.aaiff.org for the complete schedule.


Train Man: Densha Otoko
New York Premiere
Japan | 2005 | 101 mins | 35mm | Japanese w/E.S.
DIRECTOR: Shosuke Murakami
CAST: Takayuki Yamada, Miki Nakatani

For Otaku, a twenty-two year old computer engineer whose online persona is
Densha Otoko (Train Man), life in a fantasy world is easier and more
interesting than life in reality. More comfortable interacting with
fictional characters than with real people, Otaku has little reason to reach
out to reality - that is, until he meets her. After a fateful encounter on a
train, Otaku falls in love and sets out on a mission to get his dream girl,
with guidance and encouragement from his online community.

Complete with awkward conversations, SHE'S ALL THAT-style makeovers and nerd
passion, TRAIN MAN re-imagines the familiar teen romantic comedy about the
loser and the prom queen, substituting the diverse American high school with
the equally multicultural world of Tokyo. Based on a popular Internet thread
that was made into a best-selling novel and manga series, TRAIN MAN reminds
us that no one is more charming than the underdog. Despite our obsession
with computers, screen names, cell phones and gadgets, TRAIN MAN is a
testament that the desire to find true love and make human contact is still
at the core of our existence.

Fri 7/14 | 9:00 PM | Asia Society
Mon 7/17 | 6:00 PM | Quad Cinema

The Mushroom Club
USA | 2005 | 34 mins | DVD

Steven Okazaki's 2005 Academy-nominated film examines the city of Hiroshima
sixty years after the dropping of the first atomic weapon. Stories from the
dwindling community of survivors paint an appalling picture of the
devastation that the rest of the world seems to have forgotten.

This short film is playing in the program THE MISEDUCATION OF SUZY WONG.

Sat 7/15 | 8:00 PM | Asia Society
Mon 7/17 | 3:30 PM | Quad Cinema

Jikken (Experiment)
USA | 2005 | 16 mins | BETA

The Aono Jikken Ensemble (Japanese for "blue field experiment") is a
multi-disciplinary performance group that creates, among its many innovative
works, original live scores for classic Asian silent films. This documentary
finds them taking on A PAGE OF MADNESS, Teinosuke Kinugasa's 1926 silent
masterpiece. The result is a perfect marriage of the mind-boggling images on
the screen and the highly textured, unconventional score played live.

This short film is playing in the program TWILIGHT MYOPIA.

Sun 7/16 | 4:30 PM | Asia Society
Tue 7/18 | 8:45 PM | Quad Cinema



William Phuan
Program Associate
Asian CineVision, Inc. (ACV)
Asian American International Film Festival
July 13-Aug 6, 2006, Manhattan & Long Island
National Tour | Asian Cinevisions

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