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    Asian-American International Film Festival

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    Hong Kong star Andy Lau and the final film from Akira Kurosawa headline the 23rd annual Asian American International Film Festival.


    On July 21, the 2000 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) comes to New York. Now in its 23rd season, AAIFF has become something of an institution and, with the growing popularity of Asian cinema in the U.S. in recent years (thanks largely to such Honk Kong superstars as Jacky Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun-fat, and John Woo), is proving to be an increasingly important forum for introducing the newest and most cutting-edge cinema from Asia. In past years AAIFF film has proved to consistently shock, fascinate, offend and inspire, and from this year's schedule, it seems clear that this year will be no exception.

    23rd annual Asian American International Film Festival, featuring new Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Korean and American films.

    Related links: Official site
    Among the highlights of this year's festival is the opening-night feature, "Running Out of Time" (Fri., July 21, and Sat., July 29, 7 p.m.), starring Hong Kong superstar singer and actor Andy Lau as a diamond thief in what is being heralded as the most spectacular performance of his 15-year acting career. A big winner at this year's Hong Kong Film Awards, the HK equivalent of the Academy Awards, the buzz is that this Johnnie-To-directed action thriller may very well be Lau's ticket to Hollywood. Andy Lau, who will be making his first-ever stateside film festival appearance, will also be joined at the Friday-night screening by Joan Chen ("The Last Emperor," "Xiu Xiu").

    Other don't-misses include: "Madadayo" (Sat., July 22, 3 p.m.) the final directorial masterpiece from the man who is arguably the most influential and innovative directors of all time, Akira Kurosawa. "So Close To Paradise" (Sat., July 29, 3 p.m.) from sixth-generation avant-garde director Wang Xiaoshuai ("Frozen"), a social drama set in the '80s about two friends who find themselves in love with the same woman. And "Buenos Aires Zero Degree" (Sat., July 29, 7 p.m.), the much-anticipated and talked-about documentary about the making of Wong Kar-wai's controversial "Happy Together."

    The 23rd International Asian American Film Festival runs July 21-23 and 28-29, 2000 at Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute/Alliance Francaise. For schedule and ticket information call Asian CineVision at (212) 989-1422 or visit their site at

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    Asian-American International Film Festival

    Hong Kong star Andy Lau and the final film from Akira Kurosawa headline the 23rd annual Asian American International Film Festival.

    JULY 20, 2000

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